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Goegap Nature Reserve

northern cape

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Kgalagadi

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Kuruman

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Quiver Tree Forest

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Richtersveld

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Riemvasmaak Nature Reserve

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Spitskop

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Augrabies

Things To Do when at Ou Skool Guest House

Keimoes

  • Cycling
  • Bakkiespomp
    An old restored working waterwheel in the centre of the village which pumps water from the Gariep River to farms in the area. Located on the main street.
  • Dutch Reformed Church
    Built in 1889 and declared a national monument
  • Hunting
  • Tierberg Nature Reserve
    Approximately 160 hectares which lies 4 km west of Keimoes. Abundant in aloes and succulents and home to enormous herds of springbok.
  • Wine Tasting and Tours
    Visit the Orange River Wine Cellars for tours and wine tasting
  • World War 1 War Memorial
    The battle of Kakamas took place in 1915 and consisted of 3 skirmishes between German and Allied Forces. A memorial marks the location of the battle.
  • Star Gazing
  • Suspension Bridges
    Several suspension bridges span the Gariep River allowing traffic between the "islands".
  • Sunset River Cruises
  • Water Sports
    Kayaking, tubing, canoeing and fishing
  • Quiver Tree Route

Augrabies (66 kms from Keimoes)

Augrabies is perhaps best known for the mighty Augrabies Falls which plunge 90 metres into a rock pool stretching into a granite ravine of around 18 km long. The deafening roar of the falls can be heard up to 40 km away.

Augrabies is host to an ecosystem supporting 46 mammals, 186 bird species, snakes, lizards, agamas and leguans and 12 species of fresh water fish.

Things To Do in Augrabies

  • 4 x 4 trails
  • Bird Watching
  • Canoeing
  • Game drives
  • Hiking trails
  • Hunting
  • Mountain biking
  • Rafting Adventures

Kakamas (40 kms from Keimoes)

Situated on the banks of the Orange River, Kakamas is surrounded by fertile vineyards, lucerne and cotton fields. The flourishing settlement has well preserved artifacts of its rich history and struggle for agricultural survival in harsh climatic conditions. Although criticised for their building methods used in the past, the well constructed irrigation canals feeding water from the Gariep to the lands are still in use today.

Attractions

  • German war graves:
    graves of German soldiers that fell in a 1915 clash with South African troops
  • Obelisk
  • First hydroelectric power station in South Africa (Egyptian design)
  • Irrigation canals build by Cornish miners
  • Operational water wheels - visible in Voortrekker street and from the vineyards
  • Orange River Wine Cellars
  • The Rocky Route:
    stunning contrasting landscapes en-route from Keimoes to Kakamas on the N14

Things To Do in Kakamas

  • 4 x 4 Routes
  • Abseiling
  • Angling
  • Canoeing
  • Desert adventures
  • Game drives
  • Golf
  • Hiking trails
  • Horse riding
  • River rafting
  • Water skiing

Kanoneiland

Kanoneiland is one of the largest inhabited inland islands in South Africa measuring 14 km long and 3 km wide. 1 374 hectares of the 2 553 hectares of the fertile land is intensively cultivated and under irrigation.

According to records the settlement gets its name from a battle which took place between the local Koranna tribe and farmers who landed there in 1928 and decided to settle permanently. Upon crossing the Orange River in a small corrugated iron boat they took with them the famed canon, said to have played a major role in the consequent battle and which is now on display at the Kanoneiland primary school.

Attractions

  • First bell at the Dutch Reformed Church
  • Obelisk at the Dutch Reformed Church in honour of the first farmers
  • Rose Nursery
  • Table grapes and raisin drying

Things To Do @ Kanoneiland

  • Guided tour of the islands
  • Swimming
  • Scenic drive through the vineyards

Kenhardt

Kenhardt is renowned in South Africa as the capital of Dorper (sheep) farming as these breeds are particularly resilient to the extremely harsh climatic extremes of the Kenhardt regions. Temperatures easily reach 50°c during the summer months and drop below freezing in winter.

Attractions

  • San Trail:
    genuine San trails hidden in the hills where some San engravings can be seen
  • Giant Camel Thorn Tree:
    600 year old tree under which Maximillion Jackson set up his camp
  • Quiver Tree Forest:
    4 000 to 5 000 Quiver trees 8 km south of Kenhardt
  • Verneukpan:
    a dry pan where Sir Malcolm Campbell set a new world land speed record in 1929 in his Bluebird 1
  • Dutch Reformed Mission Church
  • Obelisk:
    erected in honour of H L Jacobs and A C Jooste who were executed in July 1901 during the Anglo Boer War
  • Seven Toe Footprints:
    believed to be of the Matisieng, the giant legendary ancestor of the Tswana
  • Rooiberg Dam:
    built in 1898 it supplies water for irrigation

Things To Do in Kenhardt

  • Hiking Trails
  • Picnicing @ the Rooiberg Dam

Upington

Rich in cultural history the towns origins date back to 1870 when it was founded as a mission station. Today Upington is a burgeoning hub of commercial activity with most of the commercial banks represented in its CBD. A well supported infrastructure with tarred roads, rail links and an airport. There are excellent medical facilities available in the town supported by outstanding medical practioners and required supporting networks.

Attractions

  • Camel and Rider Statue:
    In honour of the police and their camels that patrolled the desert
  • Date Palm Avenue
  • Dutch Reformed Church built in 1911
  • Hortentia windmill (1879)
  • Kalahari Oranje Museum:
    built in 1875 originally as a church and mission station
  • Orange River Wine Cellar
  • Roman Catholic Church (1861)
  • Scotty Smith:
    the Robin Hood of the Norther Cape - George St Ledger Gordon Lennox buried in the local cemetery
  • South African Dried Fruit Co-Operative:
    second largest and most modern of its kind in the world
  • Spitskop Nature reserve:
    13 km North of Upinton stocked with a wide array of wildlife
  • Kalahari Kuierfees:
    an annual social festival held during October
    Tel: 054 332 1100
  • Agricultural Expo:
    held annually during May
    Tel: 054 331 2105

Things To Do in Upington

  • Angling
  • Boating
  • Bowling
  • Canoeing
  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Micolights
  • Water sports
  • Sunset cruises on "Sakkie se Arkie"
  • Air-conditioned B&B & Self Catering Accommodation
  •  Caravan & Camping Facilities
  • Coffee Shop
  •  2nd-hand Book Store
  • Conference Venue (40)
  •  Weddings & Events (150 - 200)
  • Security beams in the parking area
  •  Generator on the property

 

 

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