The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa


Afrikaans name: Kakamas

Shops on the main road


Photo © Johan van Zyl

Northern Cape

The small town of Kakamas sits on the banks of the Orange River in the Northern Cape province of South Africa. Despite the arid environment it is a farming area using water from the river to irrigate crops such as grapes, oranges and peaches. The regions claim to fame, in the agricultural world, is their yellow clingstone peaches.

Visitors to the area should visit the "Die Pienk Padstal" and "Desert Raisins." Die Pienk Padstal offers light meals, fruit, sweets, artwork and more. Desert Raisins sells dried fruit, nuts, fruit, biltong and more.

The town was established in 1898 after a devastating drought in the area as well as a rinderpest outbreak. Canals, for irrigation, were built by hand and some of the original work is still visible today.

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Scenery in the area

Rugged scenery in the vicinity of the town

Photo © Johan van Zyl

References and further reading

Things ewe never knewe about South African place names - Author: Ann Gadd - Published: 2015 - Page: 111

The Pictorial Motoring Atlas of South Africa - Author: Maxwell Leigh - Published: 1987 - Page: 53

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1991 - Page: 281

Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Published: 1986 - Page: 183

On Route - Explore South Africa region by region - 3rd edition - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 2014 - Page: 126

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 1995 - Page: 334

Journey Through the Living Deserts of South Africa - Author: CM Dean - Published: 2005 - Page: 114

Getaway - Vol 28 No 11 - Author: - Published: 2017 - Page: 107

Farm Stall to Farm Stall - Author: Jennifer Stern - Published: 2014 - Page: 165

Farm Stall to Farm Stall - Author: Jennifer Stern - Published: 2014 - Page: 164

Conollys Guide to Southern Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Denis Conolly - Published: 1982 - Page: 350


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