Home to small towns in the Northern Cape are stretches of coastline that are remote and untouched. The towns that run along the Diamond Coast are the perfect coastal getaways this festive season.
Namaqua Flower Beach Camp
Situated just less than 500km from Cape Town, the Namaqua National Park forms part of the Namaqualand, which covers a vast area of the Karoo biome. The park is considered a biodiversity hotspot and is home to the largest concentration of succulents in the world. Part of it also runs along the coast, with tented campsites along the shores of the Northern Cape. It’s perfect for a remote getaway from the city during this time of year.
Directly translated from Afrikaans into English as “dog stone bay”, this coastal town is just over an hour’s drive north of the Namaqua Flower Beach Camp. Restaurants, 4x4 trails and the Hondeklipbaai beach are just some of the awesome attractions on offer. This beach is considered a fantastic fishing spot, and the shipwreck just off the coastline provides a home for many fish, crustaceans and marine plant life.
Another hidden gem just inland along the Diamond Coast is Koingnaas, a tiny town in the Namakwa District Municipality. Established years ago as a diamond-mining town, this town is basic but beautifully rustic. Stay over in the Koingnaas Caravan Park on the coast, where we “guarantee the sound of the waves in your ear day and night, protection from the prevailing southerly wind by wind netting, safety and total peace of mind”.
Roughly a 1.5-hour drive north of the Namaqua Flower Beach Camp you will find another coastal gem: Noup. The shipwreck tour of the Diamond Coast starts in Noup, covering about 37km of coastline between Kleinzee and Koingnaas. During the tour you’ll survey a number of shipwrecks while learning about the tales and legends of wrecks such as the Piratiny and the Border.
The fascinating town of Kleinzee is about a 40-minute drive north of Koingnaas. The Kleinzee Nature Reserve is worth a visit, boasting more than 100 indigenous plant species. This coastline also remains untouched, and is home to a protected resident seal colony of reportedly more than 450 000.
Our favourite visitors’ pick for Port Nolloth this festive season is McDougalls Bay, situated along the coast of this sleepy town in the Northern Cape. Booking a seaside cottage or campsite in this spot, known for its boating, fishing and crayfishing community, is just what you need to slow down this festive season. This lovely town will allow you to rest, relax and unwind, complemented by the ocean breeze to put your mind at ease.