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The Namakwa Region


Founded by the London Missionary Society in 1814. A sanctuary for Khoisan driven out of Namibia, the village was named after the one that gave refuge to Christians in Macedonia in biblical times. Abandoned in 1872 because of drought, the Roman Catholic Church reopened the mission in 1878.

The Old Cathedral, surrounded by date palms, has a curiously Arabian atmosphere. Using an encyclopaedia as their building manual, it took two missionaries seven years to complete.

Set on a sandy plain backed by high, sun-baked hills denuded of vegetation but vividly coloured by minerals in the soil, a spring reaches the surface, giving life to the figs, grapes and pomegranates grown at Pella. Around this source of life is a walled garden. Pella’s dates are sold in wooden boxes to mail-order customers all over South Africa.


Experience the Northern Cape

Colesberg Kemper Museum

A local cultural history museum and a fine example of 19th centaury Karoo a...

The People of Riemvasmaak

The name “Riemvasmaak” (Afrikaans for ‘tying together of leather stri...

Rolfontein Nature Reserve

Sixteen kilometres north of Petrusville and bordering on the Vanderkloof da...

Doornkloof Nature Reserve

Bordering the Vanderkloof Dam, the Doornkloof Reserve is situated in the mo...


Flying down steep hills at breakneck speed and then hiking up through the s...

Family Mountain Biking

Bring your bikes and cycle the trails in the Augrabies National Park. Kids ...