Between 1700-1740, clashes between trekboers and indigenous people led trekboers to move to the top of the Bokveld escarpment. The town came into being in the late 1800s. On the Bokveld escarpment, Nieuwoudtville is known for its unique vegetation, with the biggest variety of indigenous bulbous plants in the world, and the 100m high Nieuwoudtville Falls on the Doring River.

A small town, its warm, sandstone buildings shelter in a well-treed hollow in a flat landscape covered by wheat, heather and proteas. Eight kilometres west of town, Vanrhyns Pass offers majestic views over the Knersvlakte on the descent to Namakwa’s coastal terrace.


Glacial Rock Striations

From the Permian era 280 million years ago.

Khoisan Rock Paintings

Papkuilsfontein. Showing the use of red, yellow, grey and black ochres.

Matjiesfontein Farmstall

Enjoy lunches, teas and snacks in a historical building surrounded by a variety of wild flowers. Tel 027 218 1217.

Oorlogskloof Nature Reserve

Ten kilometres south of town, the rugged series of deep ravines incised by the Oorlogskloof River offers hiking trails (two 50km four-day hiking trails and two 1-day walks) and a home to several rare bird species, including booted eagles, black storks and gymnogene. The reserve spans 5 577 hectares. Tel 027 218 1159.

Quiver Tree Forest

On Rondekop flower route.


The Nieuwoudtville Falls, a 100m wonder on the Doring River.

Wild Flower Reserve

On Glenlyon, with displays of over 500 000 endemic Bulbinella.

Town information

The Town Clerk Voortrekker Str
Nieuwoudtville 8180
Tel 027 218 1336


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