Situated in the delightful Camdeboo Plains of the Eastern Karoo on the N9 between Graaff Reinet and the Garden Route, Aberdeen offers history for the mind and peace for the soul. The district is renowned for its wool and mohair, being the largest mohair producing area in South Africa. The town has an extremely healthy climate, a restful and rural atmosphere, unpolluted air and unequalled starry night skies. Aberdeen was founded in 1856. Named after the birthplace of Rev. Andrew Murray in Scotland, it was originally a farm called "Brakfontein". The deeds to the land were signed by Lord Charles Somerset in 1817. Aberdeen is a declared architectural conservation town and a veritable repository of styles including Victorian, Georgian, Karoo, German, Gothic Revival, Russian, Art Nouveau and Flemish Revival. Excellent examples of the ostrich baron dwellings can be seen. Strolling through this historic town one is able to discover its rich heritage. Today Aberdeen is a town attracting many newcomers, some of them refugees from the big cities! With the healthy climate and the slow pace of life, the town presents a relaxing panacea for the stresses and strains of modern life.
Aberdeen – 'n besoeker's blik
As dit nie was vir die kerklok wat lui
en elke uur aftel
elke halfuur aandui -
Sou ons kon sê:
tyd staan stil
op Aberdeen!

Die huise dateer uit vervloë dae –
reg op die sypaadjie is hulle gebou
met die leef-erf ágter die huis
gebou met 'n muur daaromheen -
nie om skelms weg te hou
maar om die besonderse boustyl te behou!

Die mense praat Afrikááns –
wit, swart of gekleurd
is almal dit eens:
Aberdeen is óns plék
ons is nié van plan
om hier weg te trek!
Die vlaktes is wyd
die stiltes intens
dit is slegs die kerkklok se gelui
wat ons tóg herinner
dat tyd wel stil-stil aanbeweeg -

Die strate se stof
sak rustig terug
as 'n motor die vrede kom versteur -
Die braaivleisvuurtjie se rokie trek
pyl-reguit hemel toe
nie eens 'n windjie
om sy roete te versteur!
Die leivoor se water
kabbel rustig van straathoek tot straathoek
gee toestemming aan tuiniers
om water verniet te vat -
maar om genoeg te los
sodat die bure ook kan kry!

Voorwaar –
as dit nie was vir die kerkklok se gelui
wat elke uur aftel
en elke halfuur aankondig -
sou ons kon sę:
Aberdeen het agtergebly
in die 18e eeu!

deur Ronel Bester
(Augustus 2014)

Aberdeen Airstrip
S32 28’.00.0" E024 04’.00.0"
Elevation: 2462ft (750m)
Comms: 124.8MHz
Runway: 15/33
731m (2398ft) x 27m (88½ft)
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The name Camdeboo has evolved from a phonetically similar Khoi word meaning "green hollow". The area was described by Hendrik Swellengrebel in 1776 as a triangular piece of land bounded on the north by the escarpment, on the south by stoney, tree-covered hills, the base near Aberdeen and the apex at Bruintjieshoogte, where there is still a farm named 'Slot van Camdeboo'. Cacadu is an isiXhosa name meaning "semi-arid and mountainous". Because of the clicking sound, it reflects the indigenous people who live in the area, who happen to be Xhosa and the Khoisan.
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Medical Contact Numbers
(if no repy)
049 846-0799
Dr L.O. Muller
Resident General Practitioner
049 846-0618
Dr D. van der Merwe
049 846-0158
Aberdeen Hospital 049 846-0790
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049 846-0014
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