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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

“Matjiehuis” Nama Huts

Within the folds and valleys of the Richtersveld mountain desert you can st...

Corbelled Houses

Scattered throughout the Northern Cape province you’ll find the roughly h...

Augrabies Falls National Park

Dominated by the beautiful and distinct camel thorn tree from which the par...


There are an estimated 5400 plant species in the Northern Cape that occur i...

Boat Trips

What could be more tranquil than sipping sundowners while floating gently d...

Family Mountain Biking

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