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Kalahari & Diamond Fields

The Kalahari and Diamond Fields region of the Northern Cape borders Namibia, Botswana, the Freestate and the North West Province. The name Kalahari come from the San word meaning 'a place without water'. Some parts of the Kalahari Desert have gone without water for years and are flat featureless plains. But there is usually water beneath the surface, and the flat plains are broken up here and there by mountain ranges, amongst them the Langeberg and Korannaberg ranges. The Kalahari is at the far north-eastern tip of the Northern Province and is a boundless expanse of red earth. The daytime temperatures are extremely hot and the nights can be freezing cold.

In 1866 a young boy names Erasmus Jacobs found a white pebble on the banks of the Orange River close to where it joins the Vaal River. His discovery was to lead to the great South African diamond rush for he had found a diamond that was later to be called Eureka! Shortly after that a huge 83 carat diamond was acquired from a Griqua shepherd by Schalk van Niekerk. This diamond became known as the Star of Africa. Prospectors still sift the gravel beds of the Vaal and Orange rivers for diamonds, though their finds are now few and far between.

Just outside the town of Kimberley in the Diamond Fields region of the Northern Cape, two de Beer brothers had diggings on a farm which they had purchased for £50. By 1872 more than 50000 prospectors had crowded into the little shanty town that later was to become Kimberley. Most of the miners in those days made do with tents or shacks made from wood and corrugated iron ù similar to the informal settlements that can be seen today outside South Africa's big cities. The sites later developed to such an extent that they are now known as the Big Hole and the de Beers Mine. Today Kimberley has become a modern city and is the diamond capital of the world. The city is full of interesting period houses and museums and visitors should not miss a visit to the Big Hole and the Kimberley Mine Museum where there is a replica of the town as it was during the diamond rush.

Several important battles took place around Kimberley during the Anglo-Boer War and the town was besieged by Boer forces. Boer trenches can still be seen in the area and Kimberley's museums house uniforms, weaponry and equipment used during the war.

The Kalahari and Diamond Fields region town of Upington is a beautiful green oasis situated on the banks of the Orange River. The town is ideally situated as a stopover for travelers from Johannesburg or Cape Town heading towards Namibia. The Fish River Canyon, located just across the Namibian border, is a very popular destination for the adventurous hiker. Further to the north along the Botswana border lies the vast desert wilderness of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. These regions can be very hot during the summer months, so visitors are well advised come during the winter months when the temperatures are milder.

The Augrabies Falls National Park is situated about 80 kilometres to the west of Upington in the Kalahari region of the Northern Cape and the Falls ranks among the world's greatest cataracts. During exceptional floods the flow here exceeds that of the mighty Victoria Falls and is considered by many geologists to be the world's most interesting example of weathered granite. The park adjoining the Falls is home to the dassie, also known as the rock rabbit. Resembling a giant guinea-pig, the dassie's nearest relative is probably the elephant.The town of Kakamas is situated just a few kilometers from the Falls and is the perfect stopover for visitors. The town has widespread irrigation schemes and boasts eleven working water wheels. Kakamas has become a major farming area and produces export quality grapes and peaches.

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Sleeps: 12 in 6 units/rooms
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Polfyntjies at Hout

Room Only Accommodation in Postmasburg

At PolfyntjiesHout in Postmasburg, come and enjoy one of our 6 comfortable en-suite rooms, each with a private entrance, designed for your comfort and equipped with the finest amenities.

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Rene's Gastehuis

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Douglas

Rene's Guesthouse established in 2000 offers 12 comfortable modern separate rooms, en-suite bathroom, airconditioning, DStv and secure parking. We offer breakfast, lunchboxes, dinner and have a fully stocked bar. Rene's is situated in Douglas, ...

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Sleeps: 58 in 11 units/rooms
From R 800,00
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Bain's House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Upington

We offer en-suite bedrooms with all carefully decorated in contemporary style provide all the luxuries you may need. The rooms offer facilities such as satellite TV, free internet access, bath and shower and tea and coffee trays. For peace of ...

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Sleeps: 24 in 10 units/rooms
From R 650,00
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Milner House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Kimberley

Milner House is situated in the quite Victorian suburb of Belgravia, centrally situated in Kimberley & is about 3 km from city centre and the airport. Big Hole is +- 5km from guesthouse. Local restaurants are within walking ...

Sleeps: 59 in 8 units/rooms
From R 300,00
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Bateleur Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Kimberley

If you are a visitor to Kimberley and would like clean, homely accommodation without paying too much, look no further than Bateleur Guest House.

From R 395,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Hillcrest Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Kimberley

Hillcrest Guesthouse is situated in Queensway a main road in the suburb of Hillcrest, Kimberley near the new Gariep medi clinic. Our guesthouse is designed to create a tranquil atmosphere where you can relax and revitalize your body and soul.

Kuruman Inn

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Kuruman

The Kuruman Inn is your home away from home. With its friendly staff and quality of service the Kuruman Inn is your first choice for accommodation in Kuruman.

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Sleeps: 63 in 16 units/rooms
From R 600,00
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Hadida Guest House

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Kimberley

Each self-contained unit is unique and individually decorated to provide a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere where visitors will feel immediately at home. The en-suite bathrooms and own outside entrances of each unit provide complete privacy for ...

Victorian Guest Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Kimberley

Nine Luxury Rooms - Five luxury en-suite rooms are situated on the top floor and Four on the ground floor. Comfort, luxury and elegance are experienced in every bedroom. Each bedroom is individually decorated to the highest standards and...

Elsa's@27

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Britstown

Elsa's @ 27 is a newly opened bed and breakfast in Britstown, where the tired traveller can experience warm country hospitality.

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From R 330,00
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De Marchand Self Catering

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Augrabies

De Marchand is conveniently situated on the banks of the mighty Orange River. The Orange River passes on the doorstep of this farm style Guest House, on its way to a world renowned landmark, the Augrabies Falls...

Ou Skool Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Keimoes

If you are in need of peace and tranquillity, Ou Skool Guest House in Keimoes, recently renovated from an old school which was closed down in the early seventies, is the place to be!

Sleeps: 16 in 8 units/rooms
From R 450,00
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Little Farm Lodge

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Kimberley

Little Farm Self Catering Lodge is situated 3.7 km from the edge of town on the N12 Road to Cape Town in a secure, tranquil and country environment and creates a peaceful stay over atmosphere. The Lodge (chalets) form part of a 20 ha estate and is...

Oak Rest Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Kimberley

Oak Rest Bed & Breakfast , in Kimberley, offers its guests 11 en suite luxury rooms with secure parking. We have a tranquil atmosphere underneath a huge Oak Tree, ideal for the modern traveler.

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Sleeps: 88 in 31 units/rooms

Sun River Kalahari Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Upington

A home away from home, situated in the heart of the Green Kalahari right on the banks of the mighty Orange River

Sleeps: 16 in 3 units/rooms
From R 1 000,00
Per unit, per night.

De Oude Stoor

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Augrabies

De Oude Stoor Guesthouse (7 kilometres from the majestic Augrabies Falls) is the perfect stop over on the scenic Orange River wine route - be it for one night only or a few days of total relaxation this is definitely the start of your holiday in...

Sleeps: 131 in 41 units/rooms
From R 180,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Gum Tree Lodge

Backpackers / Youth Hostel Accommodation in Kimberley

Accommodation comprises 150 beds, We cater for tourists and school groups. Bedding and linen is provided in all cases. Facilities include swimming pool and restaurant. Visitors come from far and wide to see the historical sites of the diamond city.

A Riviera Garden Bed & Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Upington

We have a beautiful subtropical garden and A Riviera offers luxury accommodation and the highest standard of hospitality. Riviera Garden B&B is affordable, beautiful and comfortable and very well priced. Should you require any further information ...

Sleeps: 6
From R 300,00
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The Fox's Lair

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Augrabies

Warm farm hospitality, beautiful climate, wonderful stargazing, overlooking the Augrabies Valley and par 3 Golf course

Sleeps: 8 in 4 units/rooms
From R 350,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Palmhof chalets

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Kakamas

Palmhof Chalets welcomes you to the Orange River Valley in Kakamas, where vineyards, Palm trees and citrus surround the area, the contrast route, with delicious wines, dried fruit, friendly people, local art and breath taking sunsets.