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Visiting Kakamas

Kakamas is an interesting little town sitting in the fertile valley of the lower Orange River. This interesting town was originally built by a church and named after the Khoi word for 'poor pasture'. Today, this name poorly reflects on this fertile valley graced with vineyards, cotton and Lucerne fields. Here are 3 things to do in this lovely little town.

Take the Swartbooisberg Mountain Bike Route

Starting off at Vergelen Guesthouse, this challenging mountain bike trail will take you along the old water tunnels to the foot of the Swartbooisberg. The Swartbooisberg route takes a very steep 3 km uphill climb with some technical sections, including loose rocks and a gradient change near the top. At the summit you can enjoy the view over the vineyards. Bikers take the same route back to the guest house.

Riemvasmaak Hot Springs

The Riemvasmaak Hot Springs are one of the many natural wonders in the province of extremes. The Riemvasmaak hot springs are surrounded by granite cliffs and offer spectacular views of the mountain desert and wilderness. Visitors can unwind in the hot springs while taking in the area’s beautiful views. Some of the unique and indigenous vegetation you can view here includes the camel thorn, while wild animals such antelope and baboons can also be spotted. Other activities you can enjoy around the Riemvasmaak Hot Springs include birdwatching, and 4x4 and hiking trails, among others.

Visit Die Pink Padstal

Die Pink Padstal is a landmark roadside stall situated in Kakamas, halfway between the towns of Pofadder and Upington. Stop off to stock up on "padkos". They sell everything from dried fruit to biltong, snacks and drinks to jams and locally made chutney. Just about everybody that stops here at Die Pienk Padstal pulls out a camera and takes pictures before sitting down and having something cold.

The abundance of grand-scale vineyards, deep-blue African skies, quiver trees, wide-open landscapes and starry nights all combine to create this gem in the Kalahari. Friendly, hospitable, down-to-earth people ensure that visitors are treated like royalty. Kakamas is definitely the perfect escape.

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