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    Namaqualand, on first impressions, is a harsh, relentless, arid wilderness. Surface water is practically non-existent and subterranean water is brackish and hard to find. Namaqualand hides much of her treasure, which is great mineral wealth , with large copper deposits and rich diamond diggings on a hundred kilometres of its coastline. Gem-stones, gypsum and sillimatite are also mined.

    And here in this desert, one of the most remarkable wonders of nature occurs. In the spring, from mid-July
    to the end of September, provided there has been sufficient winter rain to create the right temperature, ...

... the spring flowers give the world its most beautiful botanical spectacle. The famous flowers of Namaqualand are of a wide variety, but principally saisies of many colours, red Gazanias, purple Cineraria, orange and black spotted Gortevia are a few of the species.

Beyond the granite mountains, the legendary copper mountains of the Nama tribe, the road crosses a great plain. To the west, the Namib Desert lies along the coast, the Skeleton Coast of diamonds and shipwrecks where the cold water washes an hot shore and the mists blanket the land.

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Angling - The Olifants River, below the dam wall at Clanwilliam, is probably the best water in Southern Africa for smallmouth bass. There is also yellowfish and Largemouth bass are caught in the Clanwilliam Dam.

Boating - The Clanwilliam Dam offers splendid opportunities for boating. The dam is used by yachts and power-boats, while the river has stretches for canoeists.

Flowers -  The flowers attract thousands of people each spring. In a good year one can see hundreds of kilometres completely covered in flowers.

Hiking -Permits must be obtained to explore the Cedarberg range as it
is a wilderness area. There are no roads, but footpaths lead to all parts
of the range. The permits can be obtained from the forestry station.

Swimming -  In the Cedarberg most of the streams have pools, wonderful for swimming on a hot day, and there are large natural pools in the camps at Algeria and Sandddrif. The Olifants River offers swimming throughout its course.

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    Surrounded by high, granite mountains, Springbok is the commercial and administrative centre for the mining area and is regarded ad the capital of Namaqualand. Close to the town is the Hester Malan Nature Reserve, with spring-bok, gemsbok and many other animals of the desert. Being the most northerly of the centres from which tourists may visit the wild flowers of Ngamaqualand, Springbok was also once a copper mining town of great prominence. The prosperity of these mines is reflected in the built up areas, where the community enjoys the amenities of modern civilisation under the relentless sun in a waterless region.For the more adventurous, you may hire a Nama hut for the night.

The Springbok Cafe has a large curio shop and a large display of gem-stones of the area on view. The accommodation  available is a hotel, B&B's and a caravan park which has a wonderful children's farm. 

Built by Phillips & King in 1866 now a National Monument, The Smelting Tower       
Chimney, used for melting Copper.      

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Melkboschkuil Travel Centre < Click to go to -
Experience our friendly travel shop in the heart of Springbok. With coffee shop, arts & crafts and information galore. We arrange accommodation, car hire and bus service.
Contact Details: Contact person: Markus Van Der Westhuizen
Tel / Fax : +27 (0)251 81600.
Address: Box 623, 75 Voortrekker Str. 75, Springbok, 8240.
Email: markus@namaqualand.com 01/99./1

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