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The historic waterwheels are still in use
Kakamas is 80km southwest of Upington on the N14

Green Kalahari
Nearby Towns: Pofadder, Kenhardt, Keimoes, Kanoneiland, Upington

To some, the town’s name originates from the Khoi word, ‘gagamas’ (brown), referring to the red clay of the area with which women daub their faces. To most, though, Kakamas is a Koranna word meaning ‘poor pasture’ and ‘vicious, charging ox’.

Legend has it that grazing in the vicinity was poor and, when cattle were driven through the river’s drifts, some turned on their drivers. Today, the name reflects poorly on a fertile valley in the Lower Orange River, graced with vineyards, cotton and lucerne fields.

The drought of 1895-97 was followed by an outbreak of rinderpest, leaving many farmers destitute. Knysna’s Dutch Reformed Church minister, BPJ Marchand, sometimes called the father of Kakamas, played a leading role in saving people from ruin. The river islands of Marchand, Zoetap and Neus became a labour colony for the poor.

So successful were their farming ventures that full title to the land was granted them. In 1930, the church divided an area in central Kakamas into 40 residential plots.This was the beginning of Kakamas township. Cultivating grapes for raisins began in 1960 and table grapes in 1980. Today, they are exported worldwide.
  i Tourist Information
Kakamas Municipality
11th Avenue
Kakamas 8870
Tel 054 431 6300
Fax 054 431 0837

Kalahari Gateway Hotel
19 Voortrekker Road
Kakamas 8870
Tel 054 431 0838
Fax 054 431 0836


activities and attractions
  Egyptian-styled Hydroelectric Power Station
To be seen in the main road.

German War Graves
The graves of German soldiers killed in a 1915 clash with South African troops lie at the foot of a low hill just outside town, on the N14 to Kakamas.

Irrigation Tunnels
Built by Cornish miners, they can be seen outside Kakamas, on the N14 to Kakamas.

Kalahari Adventure Centre
Rafting, canoeing, hiking, desert adventures and Kalahari backroads safari’s. Tel 054 451 0218 Fax 054 451 0177Email info@kalahari.co.za Website www.kalahari.co.za

Khamkirri Private Game Reserve
‘Place of the Leopard’, the name given by the Nama for this part of the world. This Private Game Reserve, consisting of 7 500ha, is situated where the mighty Orange River and the Kalahari meet. Game drives, river rafting, 4x4 routes, 4x2 bakkie routes, horseriding, angling, absailing, watersking and hiking trails. Tel 054 451 0325 Fax 054 451 0036 Email khamkiri@mweb.co.za Website khamkirri.co.za

Operating Waterwheels
Eleven waterwheels are still used on the canals. They can be seen in Voortrekker Street or on the many canals running through the vineyards, lucerne and cottonfields.

Riemvasmaak Hot Springs
To the north of the mighty Augrabies Falls, between the Orange and dry Molopo Rivers, lies 75 000 hectares of sheer mountain desert wilderness born from violent volcanic activity millions of years ago. You will be dwarfed by eighty metre high granite cliff walls and awesome lunar landscape-like scenery. It is inhabited by friendly Riemvasmaak people. Indulge in a great 4x4 trail experience. Tel 054 337 2804/85 or 083 5737715.

Rockery Route, The
Following the gravel road from Neilersdrift to Kakamas via the Neus Wier, you will be stunned by differing landscapes. At times, the world is transformed into a series of rocky outcrops with twisted kokerbome and camelthorn trees - at others, the lush vineyards on the river’s many islands cover the landscape ingrass-green splendour.

Wine Tasting and Tours
Offered at the Orange River Wine Cellars Co-operative. Tel 054 431 0830.

activities and attractions


Featured Accommodation

Belvedere Guest House
Tel:054 431 1600
Guest Houses and Farms, B&B, Kakamas

Ebenaeser Guest House
Tel:054 431 1029
Guest Houses and Farms, B&B, Kakamas

Quiver Tree Guest House
Tel:072 579 1584
Guest Houses and Farms, B&B, Kakamas

Vergelegen Guest House
Tel:+27 (0) 54 431 0976
Guest Houses and Farms, B&B, Kakamas

Augrabies Falls National Park
Tel:054 452 9200
Caravanning and Camping, Kakamas

Kalahari Gateway Hotel
Tel:054 431 0838
Cell: 073 233 2003
Hotels and Lodges, Kakamas

The Orange River Guesthouse
Tel:054 451 0244
Cell: 073 211 1061
Guest Houses and Farms, B&B, Kakamas

Annristo Guest House
Tel:082 452 6095
Guest Houses and Farms, B&B, Kakamas

Die Mas Camping Resort
Tel:(054) 431 1150
Caravanning and Camping, Kakamas

Hartebees Guest House
Tel:(054) 441 0118
Guest Houses and Farms, B&B, Kakamas

Khamkirri Private Game Reserve
Cell: 082 8216649
Guest Houses and Farms, B&B, Kakamas

Palmhof Chalets
Tel:054 431 1111
Cell:082 785 0641
Guest Houses and Farms, B&B, Kakamas

Tel:054 337 2804
Self Catering, Kakamas

Sandfontein Padopstal
Tel:082 876 4470
Guest Houses and Farms, B&B, Kakamas

Zeekoeisteek Camping
Tel:(054) 451 7214
Caravanning and Camping, Kakamas

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