Kakamas, Lower Orange - Things to do
OVERVIEW:Kakamas is 80km southwest of Upington on the N14.
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.
Accommodation near Kakamas, Lower Orange
Loch Maree Guest Farm - Askham, Bed and Breakfast, Caravan and Camping, Self Catering+ more details
Enjoy the open space where nature and modern lodging form unity - be at home, but still enjoy privacy. Fully equipped Field Camp with electricity - selfcatering (2 chalets - sleeps 7 each) + Lapa (sleeps 4) with communal kitchen, indoor- and open braai, showers & toilets. For those who wants something more comfortable, we offer a family suite and if you wish, you can join the family for excellent ...
Vergelegen Country Guesthouse and Restaurant - Kakamas, Bed and Breakfast, Guest Farms, Guest House, Self Catering+ more details
Vergelegen Guesthouse & Restaurant sits nestled in the Orange River Valley in a splendid farm setting on the outskirts of Kakamas. The Guesthouse is en-route to the Kalahari and Namibia, Namakwaland, and Richtersveld, as well as being located in the perfect place to visit a variety of attractions and activities. Vergelegen Guesthouse adds a personal and exclusive touch to each of its eighteen elegantly ...
Palmhof Chalets, one of the best accommodations in the Northern Cape, is found in this small little town called Kakamas. It is situated in the fertile Orange River valley that is graced with cotton and lusern fields. Rich in culture and architecture there is never a shortage of things to do in Kakamas. Guests can explore the Hydro - electro power station, the German war caves and the Hot Springs. ...
River Place Guest House is an exlcusive guest house offers luxury accommodation with eight individually styled bedrooms overlooking the river and the vineyards. Situated on a wine farm with the majestic Orange River flowing peacefully on our doorstep we still enjoy the luxury of being only 3 km from the centre of town. Cool down in our modern pool or enjoy the refreshments served by ...
BeMyGuest and Upington Accommodation presents its exclusive "Garden Rooms". The private, en suite, double rooms are suitable for either a single person, two people or a small family (futon available). Surrounded by green grounds and secure fencing, the superb rooms' glass doors open on to a private patio and a revitalizing view of the pool, where visitors can relax after a hot Kalahari day. ...
For luxury accommodation out of this world we proudly give you Moonriver Guesthouse located on the romantic shores of the Orange River. Enjoy a glass of Champaign while relaxing in an old Victorian bath and Jacuzzi or witness one of the most breathtaking sunsets from our stretched out wooden decks and feel like royalty even just for a day. All our rooms are equipped with the following standard amenities ...
Browns Manor is situated as you enter Upington from the Olifantshoek Road on the N14. The newly renovated and decorated guesthouse offers a comfortable, stylish experience with the ease and hospitality typical of the people of the Northern Cape. Executive and superior suites, family and standard air conditioned rooms with en-suite facilities, either a bath and or a shower, can ...
This stylish Victorian accommodation in Upington has stunning antique furniture and offers the weary traveller a safe and peaceful nights rest. Situated in a quiet upmarket area of town, Belurana is a lovely guest house filled with old world charm. They offer outstanding accommodation in luxury air-conditioned en suite bedrooms and their honeymoon suite is perfect for any lovely couple. This Upington ...
This accommodation in Upington is known as the "White House" and is the crÃ¨me de la crÃ¨me of Relaxation. Belurana River Manor is located on the mighty Orange River bank and overlooks the island and Fish Eagle edged against the mystical desert sunset. Enjoy sundowners on the terrazzo's, sunset river cruises or indulge in a hot stone massage. A 3G connection allows you to work ...
This Upington accommodation stretches over five properties along the banks of the mighty Orange River. Sun River Kalahari Lodge is a TGCSA four star rated and a "˜Highly Recommended' AA graded establishment, which offers its visitors a tranquil and soothing escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. This accommodation in Upington provides comfortable, luxurious and affordable ...
Things to do near Kakamas, Lower Orange
A pristine southern Kalahari wilderness area with dunes averaging 35m in height - breathtaking scenery you'll never forget. The municipal area of Mier includes the communities of Rietfontein, Philandersbron, Loubos, Klein Mier, Groot Mier, Welkom, Askham and Noenieput. This is the land of one of the world's ancient tribes, the !Khomani San. They produce and sell authentic curios ...
Groblershoop-In a land of contrasts, through arid hills and plains, twists a green ribbon, bringing life and prosperity. At the gateway to the Green Kalahari you will find the village of Groblershoop. In building his historic water turbine in the Orange River on his farm Winstead in 1913, Charles Newberry certainly showed his determination. The cement used in the construction of the weir and ...
Kakamas is 80km southwest of Upington on the N14. 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 ...
The town is a settlement on the biggest island in the lower Orange River region. Virtually every inch of soil is under irrigation. Enjoy driving between the many vineyards, a spit-roast, home-baked breads, several traditional desserts and locally produced wines. The origin of this little oasis's name is in dispute. Legend has it that Klaas Lukas, a Koranna river-people leader, established a ...
The Kokerboom Food and Wine Route stretches from Upington, on the N14, pass Kanoneiland, Keimoes and Friersdal to Riemvasmaak making a circle via Vredesvallei, Blouputs-on the R359 the Augrabies Falls, Kakamas, Neilersdrift, Eksteenskuil, Kanoneiland and Upington. The extraordinary Kokerboom Food and Wine Route is the display of our people together with their wonderful history with all the ...
Kenhardt is at the heart of the Dorper sheep-farming area. There is a Quiver Tree (Kokerboom) forest within easy driving distance. Tours will take you to pans and outlying farms where you can view San artwork and enjoy farm hospitality. 4x4 routes are available near Kenhardt. ...
Pofadder has several old buildings, one being the Roman Catholic Church. Built by the mission, it runs a blockmaking enterprise, a chicken farm and a dairy, giving employment to the poor. There are many day walks and, in spring, a wonderworld of plants carpets the veld. ...
Orange River Wine Cellars is situated in South Africa's - and possibly the worlds - most unique wine growing region. Here, for some 300km next to the Orange River near the Northern Cape town of Upington, the river has created a green oasis. Fertile soils, fed by the life-giving waters of the river allow vineyards to flourish, bearing quality grapes ideal for the making of fine wines. The temperate ...
This pricipal Town of the Green Kalahari is 820km north of Cape Town and 875km west of Johannesburg. By uniting Christian SchrÃ¶der's 1871 mission station, Olyfenhoutsdrift and the Upington police station, the town of Upington, named after the first Attorney General of the Cape, Sir Thomas Upington, was formed. Originally known as Kharahais, bound by the Orange River and the Kalahari desert, ...
Kalahari Safaris specializes in the famous Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park - one of the last wilderness areas in the world.... The Kalahari is a true unspoilt eco-system, with a good chance of the tourist to see how this fragile desert supports it's numerious animals, plants and insects. ...
Map of Kakamas Tourism in Kakamas, Lower Orange+ OPEN FULL MAP
GPS Co-Ordinates: 20° 37' 11.5" E / 28° 46' 20.4" S
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|Departing: Upington Airport|
|Address: N10, Upington 8801, South Africa|
|Distance: 0.6 km / Duration: 1 hour 6 mins|
|1.||Head southwest||0.8 km|
|2.||Turn left toward N10||0.9 km|
|3.||Continue straight onto N10|
Go through 1 roundabout
|4.||Continue onto Le Roux St/N14|
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Things to do near Kakamas, Lower Orange
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|Upington, Lower Orange »||1 hour 4 mins||81.9 km|
|Kenhardt, Lower Orange »||1 hour 38 mins||117 km|
|Pofadder, Lower Orange »||1 hour 41 mins||131 km|
|Groblershoop, Lower Orange »||2 hours 56 mins||199 km|
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