!Kimmies Route – A Namaqua cultural experience
02 August 2007
In the heart of the Namaqua region lies the Kamiesberg mountain range, surrounding towns and villages rich with cultural history, a wreck-strewn coastline, diverse succulent plantlife and landscapes clothed with unique beauty.
Apart from the diverse natural landscapes, the cultural landscape of the Kamiesberg includes the descendants of the San people (hunter-gatherers); the descendants of the Namaqua Khoekhoen (original herder peoples) which include the present-day communal stock farmers; commercial stock farmers (mostly white Afrikaners who are descended from various European groups) as well as the townspeople and community/village people from a variety of backgrounds.
The Kamiesberg mountain range stretches from Garies in the south to Springbok in the north. It forms the plateau between the Sandveld on the west coast and Bushmanland in the east and stretched like a spine down the middle of Namaqualand. The N7 runs though the centre of the region.
The !Kimmies Route takes you through the Kamiesberg mountain range allowing you to experience the Namaqua culture first-hand and explore the true nature of Namaqualand.
!Kimmies Route takes you through the following towns and villages:
Garies, Hondeklipbaai, Kamieskroon, Kharkams, Kheis, Klipfontein, Kotzerus, Leliefontein, Lepelfontein, Nourivier, Paulshoek, Rooifontein, Soebatsfontein, Spoegrivier, Tweerivier and Wallekraal.
The Namaqua National Park also forms an integral part of the route with its spectacular display of springtime flowers (normally July to September).
For a copy of the !Kimmies Route brochure/map (available in English and Afrikaans) contact Priscilla Magerman at Namaqua National Park.Tel: 027672 1948