Formerly a favoured holiday destination for farmers, fishermen and divers, Hondeklip Bay is separated from Springbok by 104km of gravel road, the Messelpad Pass and Soebatsfontein, a quaint village built next to a spring at the foot of the escarpment.
Hondeklip Bay’s harbour, from which copper ore brought by ox-wagon from Springbok was exported before the port was supplanted by Port Nolloth, now serves fishing and diamond-mining boats.
In season, a permit obtained in Springbok or Garies will allow you to dive for crayfish.
Circular routes back to the N7 make for spectacular scenic drives during the flower season.
The wreck of the Aristea that ran aground in 1945 is south of the town.