South of Springbok, Kamieskroon is set among the granite rock formations of the Kamiesberg range. The town’s origins lie in the 1860s, 7km north of its present position. It took the name Bowesville (later Bowesdorp), after the district surgeon, Dr Henry Bowe.
As there was little room to expand in the narrow kloof the town occupied, the church council decided, in 1924, to rebuild it at Kamieskroon. Kamies might derive from the Nama word ‘kam’, meaning two – referring to the twin peaks of the mountain. The ‘kroon’, a 330m peak crowned with a huge, cleft rock, is a kilometre from the village.
A guide steeped in Namakwa knowledge offers hikes on uncharted trails. Tel 027 672 1762.
A settlement south of Kamieskroon where flowers carpet the veld in season.
A nearby mission station where you can set your watch to the sundial given to its 19th-century founder, Reverend Barnabas Shaw.
Both national monuments in Namakwa’s oldest village. In 1902 Boer leader Manie Maritz massacred members of the Leliefontein mission community that were suspected of being British sympathisers.
The grave of a British officer killed during the Anglo-Boer War, Darter’s grave – 15km south of the town – is the smallest piece of foreign land registered in South Africa, in an area that saw many skirmishes during the war.
Popular at Leliefontein and Nourivier.
This 103 000 ha park, 21km north-west of Kamieskroon, is open daily. A circular drive and short walking trails let the visitor experience the incredible floral diversity of the area. Ablution and picnic facilities and a new rest camp are in place. Tel 027 6721948.
The settlement is situated in the heart of the Kamiesberge. The Cultural Camp offers tourists a unique experience. There are matjieshuts and traditional meals are available on request. Tel 027 541 1043.
Conducted by celebrated photographers (Sept-Oct, Mar-Apr annually).
Synonymous with spring flowers, the Kamiesberg region extends the season with brilliant shows of Bulbinella latifolia.
Namakwa National Park PO Box 117 Kamieskroon, 8241 Tel 027 672 1948