Our Northern Cape Adventures

An exciting two days in Namakwaland as Derek and Janet Houston continue their trek through the Northern Cape.

We are on our way to Kleinsee a small beach village on the Atlantic. Previously owned by De Beers all this area was verboten to tourists. De Beers mined the huge area of this coast for alluvial diamonds.

The road from Springbok is only for hardy travellers after a nice stretch of tarred road there is 75kms of corrugated bone rattling gravel road!! It is driveable in an SUV but a 4x 4 is better.

Kleinsee is a little dorp with shipwrecks and great fishing and also a very interesting museum showing the history of the diamond mining. There are a number of quaint B&B’s and a couple of restaurants which serve ocean fresh catch of the day meals.

We opted to stay out of town in the middle of the desert at HOUTHOOP Guest Farm – an amazing eclectic retro-style collection of colourful huts and also some very comfortable en-suite guest rooms.

After this long bumpy drive we sat down to an outstanding sea food buffet  with 8 different types of fish – all freshly caught from the Atlantic.