MAPPED: A visual guide to the Namaqua Coastal Route of the Northern Cape
Take on the open road. Discover misty seaports and mining legends. Dance with the daisies. Feast with the First People. Shield your eyes and get out into the vast desert sands. The Northern Cape has much to offer travellers.
One of the greatest ways to see some of the best of the Northern Cape's offerings is to explore the Namaqua Coastal Route. The route includes hidden gems like Garies, Kamieskroon, Hondeklip Bay, Koiingnaas and Kleinzee and much more.
With dozens of adventure and leisure options available, the Namaqua National Park, nature reserves, hidden coastal hamlets and some of the most remote hiking and 4x4 trails imaginable - there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Go succulent sleuthing, hike the Springbok Klipkoppie for a dose of Anglo-Boer War history, find out about the history of mining in the area and explore the shipwrecks along the coastline.
With breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean, you can spot dolphins and whales at one time and enjoy beautiful vistas of mountains and veld with endemic wildlife at another.
These are some of the adventures and experiences you can enjoy on this route:
Garies and surrounds
This, the heartbeat of Garies, beats incredibly slowly (Photo: Ethan Van Diemen)
The town of Garies is incredibly tiny and can truly be said to be in the middle of nowhere without offending anyone. It is entirely possible to drive through the town and not realise that you've been through a town at all as it seems to largely be a collection of small, quiet businesses and a few houses.
However, laying right on the N7 between rocky hills and nothingness, it's location is particularly well suited to travellers seeking a brief respite from the road or those who are looking to take a break before heading to the coastal section of the Namaqua National Park.
Kamieskroon and surrounds
Diamond Coast and surrounds
From the beautiful, cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean littered as it once was with the glittering stones that are the lifeblood of Namaqualand to the local legends and stories told around fires, there is much to see, do and enjoy here.
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