THE VAALHARTS VALLEY
This beautiful yet little known valley is only one hour’s drive north of Kimberley. The surrounds are like a breath of fresh air with the lush green farmlands highlighted from the usual yellows and browns of the nearby countryside. Two mighty rivers, the Vaal and the Harts, feed an intricate irrigation scheme that supports more than 1 250 high production agricultural farms.
The development of an Agri-Tourism Route is currently taking place, which will allow the tourist to experience all the activities surrounding the harvesting and production of popular local farming products, such as olives, pecan nuts, peanuts, citrus, wine cotton and stone-fruit. Wheat, mealies and lucerne are also grown. Although agriculture is the mainstay of the valley there is plenty more to do and see.
You can cool off in our canals (or even ride down them); explore the region on a 4×4 trip or join the quad biking club for a different kind of fun on four wheels; enjoy a breathtaking view of the valley in a microlight; take a peaceful morning horseriding; watching the waterbirds on a shallow lake during late afternoon or reminisce about the one that got away on the banks of the Harts River. Hartswater and Jan Kempdorp are the two main centres in the irrigation area and have golf clubs, bowling greens, restaurants and accommodation to suit most tastes.
Stay in Warrenton, about a 50 minute drive from Kimberley.
|Warrenton Tourism Office
|+27(0)53 474 0432
|N12 road, Warrenton, Northern Cape