ACCOMMODATION IN BARKLY WEST
In 1869, diamonds were discovered at Canteen Koppie in a fossil meander of the Vaal River. As the first concerted diamond diggings developed, the town of Barkly West grew. And, interestingly, as the diggers dug, they unearthed lots of stone tools and other artefacts. Many of these can be seen at the museum in what was the Toll House for the bridge over the Vaal, and that’s also worth checking out. Brought to the site in pieces it was the first bridge over this river. You can tour the alluvial diggings, many of which are still active, albeit on a very small scale. Canteen Koppie is a national heritage site.