Things to Do in Namaqualand

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SALT Observatory

SALT Observatory

Popular Attractions in Sutherland (566 km from Namaqualand)

The biggest reason why anyone would visit the little Karoo dorpie of Sutherland lies 18 km outside the village in the direction of Fraserburg. On this arid hilltop you'll find the largest telescope in the Southern Hemisphere – SALT (Southern African Largest Telescope). With zero light pollution and cloudless night skies, these enormous telescopes...

Sterland Stargazing

Sterland Stargazing

Popular Attractions in Sutherland (550.4 km from Namaqualand)

Here you can experience what most people come to Sutherland for - stargazing. Just 1 km outside Sutherland you will find the Sterland Caravan Park where the local amateur 'star' aficionado, Jurg, will delight you with a celestial show. Regular sessions are presented throughout the year, even on the coldest nights. The sessions are kicked off...

Port Nolloth Lighthouse and Weather Station

Port Nolloth Lighthouse and Weather Station

Popular Attractions in Port Nolloth (31.9 km from Namaqualand)

Meet the local lighthouse keeper who speaks the language of old sailors. Hear about the treacherous channel through the outer “bar” that boats have to navigate through to get into the sheltered shipping channel. Many have tried to make it through when the “bar” was closed and paid the price with sunken boats and lost lives. The lighthouse complex...

Port Nolloth Diving Museum

Port Nolloth Diving Museum

Galleries and Museums in Port Nolloth (31.9 km from Namaqualand)

If you're in Port Nolloth, pop into the interesting little local Museum. It features displays and artifacts from old shipwrecks and Port Nolloth's diamond diving, as well as the geology and natural history.

The Port Nolloth Grazia de Beer Beachfront

The Port Nolloth Grazia de Beer Beachfront

Beaches in Port Nolloth (32 km from Namaqualand)

The Port Nolloth beachfront with its neat and spacious waterfront layout, including ample parking, is a great place for long strolls on the beach, or just to relax in the sun on the clean sand. Grazia de Beer, after whom the beach was named, has done wonders for Port Nolloth in the 20 years prior to 25 Dec 2007 when she passed away.

George's Spot

George's Spot

Popular Attractions in McDougall's Bay (34.3 km from Namaqualand)

He is a tough oke, a humble ou, SA Navy Diver, Diamond Diver, boat builder, writer, photographer, videographer, actor, producer, 62 years old (2014), all in one, one time. He IS George Moyses, and he lives in Port Nolloth. He used to be a good looking guy, until a boat propeller altered his features. He was sent to hotel school to make something...

The Seven Sisters Mountain Range

The Seven Sisters Mountain Range

Popular Attractions in Vioolsdrift (67.4 km from Namaqualand)

The Seven Sisters Mountain range is where the Waterberg massif begins. They are one of the most photographed and painted mountain ranges in South Africa. Sometimes hazy, sometimes dark, sometimes bright and green, but always stunning!

Goegap Nature Reserve

Goegap Nature Reserve

Nature Reserves in Springbok (128.6 km from Namaqualand)

Lying about 70 km north of Kamieskroon and 15 km southeast of Springbok, Goegap Nature Reserve is a fantastic place to kick off your flower trip. Bearing in mind that the best route to travel for a flower trip is north to south so that you see the flowers facing the sun. “Goegap” derives its name from the Nama word for waterhole and there are...

Skilpad

Skilpad

Nature Reserves in Kamieskroon (130.8 km from Namaqualand)

Padlopers, birds, butterflies and blomme Just 17km northwest of Kamieskroon is the Skilpad section of Namaqua National Park. Twitchers and butterfly afficionados love it and it's worth spending a few days here - even in ‘bad years’ the sandy plains are plastered with vivid orange.The dirt road that circles Skilpad takes you an overwhelming five...

Aristea Shipwreck

Aristea Shipwreck

Popular Attractions in Hondeklipbaai (149.5 km from Namaqualand)

The Aristea was once a fishing trawler belonging to I&J. It survived WWII but not the mishandling by her tipsy captain along the shores of Hondeklip Bay. She ran aground on the 4th July 1945. This place was added by K9 Cottage.

Dog Stone

Dog Stone

Popular Attractions in Hondeklipbaai (149.5 km from Namaqualand)

The Dog Stone is a big gneiss rock that so closely resembled a dog, it inspired Thomas Grace to name Hondeklipbaai, which means “Dog Stone Bay”. In 1853 the “Dog” was defaced when its ear was chopped of and taken to Cape Town in order to start the fictitious “Dog’s Ear Copper Company”. During a severe lightning storm in the 70s, it lost its nose...

Spitfire Rock

Spitfire Rock

Popular Attractions in Hondeklipbaai (149.7 km from Namaqualand)

Spitfire Rock is an excellent location to take interesting photographs. Spectacular “spits” and sprays can be seen as the sea blasts against this rock.

Grave of a British Soldier

Grave of a British Soldier

Popular Attractions in Kamieskroon (176.3 km from Namaqualand)

The grave of Charles James Darter, a sharpshooter born in Cape Town and part of the British Army. Darter was killed in an ambush in 1902. His grave is located just North of Kamieskroon on the N7, and is popularly referred to as the smallest piece of Britain in the world. The site is identified by a pepper tree growing just next to the grave, and...

Dinkys Dunes 4x4

Dinkys Dunes 4x4

Four By Four Trails in Pofadder (291.9 km from Namaqualand)

Dinky’s Dunes 4x4 offers two 25 km 4x4 trails, 30 km from Pofadder. The trails each take about 2 to 5 hours to complete. The red sand trails have some rocky outcrops and grassy plains. The trails are a must during the blooming season with flowers of every colour popping out to greet the explorers. The grading is unknown so please call...

Akkerendam Nature Reserve

Akkerendam Nature Reserve

Nature Reserves in Calvinia (409.1 km from Namaqualand)

The Akkerendam Nature Reserve was established in 1967 and is situated just outside of Calvinia. The reserve is 2750 hectares in size and incorporates the majestic Hantam Mountain. There is a wide variety of flora and fauna to see, including sword lilies, Cape asters, and brown peppering plants. The reserve is also a proclaimed bird sanctuary...