About Keimoes in the Northern Cape
- Local Municipality: Kai Garib Municipality
- District Municipality: Siyanda District Municipality
- Keimoes Tourism Bureau
Distances from Keimoes:
- Augrabies – 66 km
- Kakamas (west) N14 – 40 km
- Kanoneiland (east) N14 – 15 km
- Upington (west) N14 – 45 km
- Neilersdrif (south) R27 – 5 km (Ou Skool Guest House)
- Kenhardt (south) R27 – 70 km
- Upington (northeast) R27 – 45 km
Situated in what is known as the Green Kalahari, the picturesque town of Keimoes lies just 40 km southwest of Upington on the N14.
Although the origin of the town’s name remains unresolved, it makes for great folklore. It is believed that the name came either from the Nama Khoe words ‘gei’ – meaning large and ‘mus’ meaning fountain or perhaps from Klaas Lukas, the legendary Koranna Khoe leader who had established a village on the river banks prior to white settlers moving in who named the village Keimoes meaning ‘mouse nest’ in his own language. This due to the vast colonies of mice in the area.
Economy and Agriculture
Keimoes has developed a formidable and broad agricultural base which includes the cultivation of a large variety of grapes, lucerne, wheat, peaches, pecan nuts and watermelons all under irrigation. Keimoes is famous for its sultanas which are exported worldwide.
Wine is one of the main sources of income to the economy of the area with one of the largest wine co-operatives, Orange River Wine Cellars situated in the heart of Keimoes.
The average rainfall of the region varies between 120 to 160 mm per annum, and is restricted to spring and summer, which extends from September to April. The average temperatures vary in extremes, from 3°C and below at night, to 18-21°C during the day in the winter months.
Summer average night temperatures vary between 18-22°C, while the average day temperatures are around 37°C.
Main Attractions & Things To Do
- Dutch Reformed Church
Built by Revered Schroeder in 1889 the church has since been declared a national monument.
- Tierberg Nature Reserve
4 km outside Keimoes. The reserve cover an area of 160 hectares. Notable for its magnificent Aloes, several species of succulents, springbok and breathtaking views of the mighty Orange River Valley.
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.
- 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 (Orange) River allowing traffic between the “islands”.
- Sunset River Cruises
- Water Sports
Kayaking, tubing, canoeing and fishing