A Community Restored
This spectacular area with its towering granite canyons is owned and run by the community of Riemvasmakers. It was one of the first land restitution projects in South Africa and has much to offer the intrepid traveller. Best accessed with a 4x4 vehicle the rugged rocky scenery seems as if it is from another planet.
The early missionaries who travelled to the interior became adventurers in their own right. Not only did one require a considerable amount of courage and faith, but an immense will to survive in a land where little was known of the area or the indigenous people.
Khoisan Rock Art
Throughout the Karoo one finds examples of engravings left by these nomadic people. Most of the images are found on low ridges of dolerite rock, the black boulder fields are ideal for engraving on. Rock gongs (rocks that make lovely reverberating sounds when hit) can also be found amongst a few sites such as Keurfontein near Vosburg and Thomas’ Farm near Hopetown.
Legends of Kimberley
The Kimberley area has produced a number of personalities who became legends in their time. Cecil John Rhodes came to the diamond diggings as an 18-year-old and by the age of 38 was already Prime Minister of the Cape Colony and Chairperson of De Beers Consolidated Mines Ltd and Consolidated Goldfields.
The Karoo Battlefields
The bitter conflict brought about by the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902) has left its mark in world history. Many battles and skirmishes were fought in the Northern Cape including the Karoo and memorials, memorabilia and constructions are to be found throughout the region.