About Aberdeen

There are 38 Aberdeens worldwide, and although we may be accused of being biased, we think that our Aberdeen is the best!

Situated in the Eastern Cape on the N9 between Graaff-Reinet and the Garden Route, Aberdeen offers history for the mind and peace and tranquility for the soul.

Named after the birthplace in Scotland of Rev Andrew Murray, the small town, which was established in 1856, has experienced many periods of boom and decline. In more recent years, many folk have chosen to retire to the peace and tranquility of the Karoo. Here the air is pure, and the stresses of city life are left behind. Property prices are very reasonable, and this has enabled many newer residents to be able to repair and restore their homes to their former glory.


Aberdeen is a treasure trove of architectural delights, with Victorian ostrich baron palaces rubbing shoulders with sturdy Karoo houses and more modern 20th century homes. Influences include Georgian, Gothic, Russian, and  Flemish styles.

The district is renowned for its wool and mohair, being the largest mohair producing area in the country. Karoo lamb is famous throughout South Africa for the distinctive taste of the meat, attributed to the unique Karoo grazing. Most of the farms have been in the same family for many generations, and a variety of sheep, goats, ostriches and cattle somehow manage to thrive in this arid semi-desert. When planning a stay in Aberdeen, why not include a day visit to one of our working farms? Please contact our office ahead of time should you wish us to arrange a visit.