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Kamiesberg Route

The Kamiesberg Route is located in the Northern Cape province of South Africa and stretches from the west coast to the Kamiesberg mountain range east of the town Kamieskroon. The route is part of the greater Namaqualand region.

When hearing the word 'Namaqualand', those in the know tend to immediately think of wild flowers – carpets upon carpets of oranges, pinks, whites and yellows. This is one of South Africa’s most famous natural spectacles, occurring in springtime after a winter of adequate rainfall. The Kamiesberg Route is situated in the centre of the Succulent Karoo Biodiversity Hotspot.

The area has so much more to offer – including fauna, landscapes, local customs, history and local cuisine. Few people know, for example, that here is one of the rare places where one can camp in matjieshutte (huts traditionally built by the Nama people) – alone in the silence of wide open spaces and surrounded by spectacular rock formations and quiver trees. 

The Kamiesberg region is home to wonderful rock formations, fascinating plant life, amazing gorges, exciting mountain passes and some truly remarkable people who are close to the earth and will help visitors to discover the wonders of Namaqualand. Visitors can enjoy hiking, bird-watching, game drives, donkey cart rides, campfire stories and simply chatting with the locals, seeing local crafts, visiting the village vegetable garden, stopping to admire the variety of landscapes or feeling the sea breeze on one’s face are equally rewarding experiences – as is admiring the fascinating Succulent Karoo flora, whether there are flowers or not.

West Coast Diamond Route

Travellers please note:

  • There is no fuel available on Hondeklip Bay and fuel is only available in Kleinzee and Koiingnaas from 5am - 8pm on weekdays and from 8am - 12pm on Saturdays.

  • Certain stretches of road may require access permits and it is therefore recommended that travellers enquire before visiting the area.

The West Coast Diamond Route, with its flowing dunes and mysterious shipwrecks is a rugged, nature experience along the unexplored north-west coast of South Africa's Northern Cape. These shores have remained virtually unknown to the public at large as it is within the restricted and previously forbidden diamond mining areas.

The route runs along the coast from “Groenrivier” mouth until Port Nolloth and is ideal if you are looking for peace, tranquillity and adventure. However many of the roads on the route are not accessible to ordinary cars and more suitable for 4x4. 

The delightful coastal village of Hondeklipbaai has a few guesthouses for those wishing for a little luxury, while the divers’ cottages near Koiingnaas are an experience not to be missed. These cottages were each individually built by the diamond divers who lived on the coast for almost 20 years, so each has its own unique character and features.

 

 

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   Accommodation

Die Houthoop Guest Farm & Open-Air Restaurant
Enjoy the rustic atmosphere of true Namaqualand farm-style accommodation. Your accommodation choices: 4 en-suite sel...

Garies Selfsorg Oord
Accommodation at Garies Selfsorg Oord consists of fully equipped self-catering units with braai (barbeque) facilities.&n...

Groenriviermond Akkommodasie
Groenriviermond Akkommodasie offers accommodation in comfortable farmhouses with fully equipped bathrooms. Each house is...

Arkoep
The farm Arkoep has fully equipped accommodation for six people – self-catering is preferred. While staying there,...

Aronegas Farm
Aronegas is a farm in Northern Cape, South Africa. The farm borders the north-eastern boundary of the Namaqua National P...

Bet-El Self-Catering
Bet-El Self-Catering is situated on a farm approximately 45km from Kamieskroon on the way towards Hondeklipbaai. Accommo...

Harry's Place Guesthouse
At Harry’s Place Guesthouse, guests are offered personal attention and good value.  The guesthouse consists...

Kamieskroon Hotel
The name Kamieskroon was borrowed from the unique rock formation that towers above the village. This 330m high rock-topp...

Kuiervreugde Accommodation
Accommodation is offered in two self-catering houses with four beds each. The houses are fully equipped with braai (barb...

Leliefontein Kookskerm and Traditional Nama Huts
Vera tells of the start of her business in her own words: “During the flower season, I saw how many people came th...

Rustig Gastehuis B&B
Rustig Gastehuis B&B is located in the centre of town with easy access to all shops and amenities. This guesthouse...

Fisherman Cottage
A luxury self-catering cottage in the heart of Hondeklip Bay.               &...

Baai se Bek
Baai se Bek provides breathtaking views of the ocean from the verandah (braai area). The accommodation consists of a tas...

Koiingnaas Caravan Park
Koiingnaas Caravan Park offers 21 spacious sites with one electrical point, a braai (barbeque) drum, black refuse b...

Die Ark
Die Ark offers self-catering accommodation in Hondeklipbaai.               &n...

22Nama-Karoo B&B
22 Nama-Karoo offers quality, yet affordable accommodation.               &nb...

Gousblom B&B
Gousblom B&B in Kamieskroon is situated on De Waal Street – a street named after a well-known South African ju...

Die Honnehokke Chalets
Honnehokke Self-Catering Chalets - Your home away from home. Attie and Esmé are your hosts at the Honnehokke. T...

Multi Purpose Recource Centre & Caravan Park
This facility has warm showers and campsites available.                ...

No-Heep Farm Accommodation
No-Heep Farm Accommodation offers comfortable accommodation situated 22km north-east of Kamieskroon in secluded self-cat...

Pedroskloof Farm Accommodation
Pedroskloof Farm offers bed and breakfast accommodation in the heart of Namaqualand, with flowers, hospitality...

Randspaar Guesthouse
Guests should pick up their keys at the Randspaar Supermarket. The supermarket offers take-aways and light meals, picnic...

Koiingnaas Adventures - Noup Divers Huts
Koiingnaas is a village located just north of Honedeklipbaai and slightly inland from the coast. It is mainly a checkpoi...

Skulpieskraal & Rooispinnekop Restaurant
Skulpieskraal tented lodge comprises of six comfortable tents with two single beds and bedding in each. The tents stand...

Sophia's Guesthouse
Sophia's Guesthouse is situated in Garies, a small town next to the N7, approximately 450km from Cape Town.  Garies...

Soutklip Guesthouse
The name of this guesthouse (which means 'salt rock') originates because of a pile of large rocks to the east side of th...

Steunerskop Selfsorg Kothuis
Steunerskop is located 20km from Kamieskroon and offers self-catering accommodation in a fully equipped cottage. The cot...

Taaiboskraal Tea Garden & Bushcamps
Situated in the heart of Namaqualand, 15km from Kamieskroon in the Kamiesberg Mountain Range, lies Taaiboskraal Tea Gard...

Teen 'i' Hang Guesthouse
The Teen ‘i Hang’ (which means ‘against the hill’) Guesthouse is literally against a steep hill...

Uitspan
Uitspan offers accommodation in a self-catering guesthouse with two bedrooms, a kitchen and lounge. The kitchen has a tw...

Verbe Caravan Park
Verbe Caravan Park is situated in Kamieskroon and offers 50 stands with electricity and water. A highly rated ablution b...

   Activities

'Daisies & Donkeys' Joyride
Situated in the heart of the succulent karoo is the Namaqua National Park base, namely Skilpad.  Visitors can enjoy...

Namaqualand Guided Tours
Lita describes the business: “As a fourth generation Namaqualander I grew up on a farm and spent a great deal of...

Weskus Donkiestap
Enjoy guided donkey rides through the Namaqualand.                 &nbs...

   Environment

Diamond Coast - Forever Namaqualand
The two villages Kleinzee and Koiingnaas, approximately 100km from Springbok, are part of the Diamond Coast - as the are...

   Food & Drink

Die Kliphuis Kombuis
Do you long for a place where body and soul can relax and where you can be part of nature? Come and enjoy hearty food an...

Die Koperketel Restaurant
Die Koperketel Restaurant is located on the main road - close to the N7. Die Koperketel Restaurant is open daily for br...

Kamiesberg Kookskerm
Kamiesberg Kookskerm serves a variety of traditional cuisine.

Garies Padstal Tourism Information
At the famous Garies Farmstall travellers can find relevant travel informaiton for the area.       &n...

Kuiervreugde Coffee Shop
Kuiervreugde Coffee Shop is open daily for breakfast and lunch. The coffee shop spesialises in homemade treats and also...

Die Murasie
Experience true Namaqua hospitality whilst enjoying a meal or just a fresh cup of coffee in the coffee shop! If you are...

   Services

Klipfontein Tourism Forum
Klipfontein Tourism Forum has the following on offer: Walking trails; 4x4 trails; and Donkey cart trails.

Rosy Fortuin - Nature Guide
Rosy is a local nature guide that operates in the Kamieskroon area. 

 

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South Africa - Northern Cape

South Africa - Northern Cape

Northern Cape, South Africa: This route stretches from the west coast to the Kamiesberg Mountain Range and links with the Namaqua National Park in the Namaqualand region, famous for its wild flowers. The route is in the centre of the Succulent Karoo Biodiversity Hotspot.

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Key Contacts

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Ria Beukes - Kamiesberg Route

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Name:
Dudley Wessels - West Coast Diamond Route

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