Kamies....where????

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To many travelers, Kamieskroon is a dot on a map. A rather large map, that actually reach to Namaqualand, somewhere in the north western corner of South Africa.

For others, it is a small village on the side of the main road somewhere between Namibia and Cape Town.

To a GPS, it is identified by the numbers 30,12S/17,56E.

To me, Kamieskroon is a very special place. A small village of about 300 people, somewhere between nothing and the next nearest town, which is about 50km away.

The village started life in 1850 about 9km to the north, when a church was built in what was then known as Bowesdorp, named after a popular medical doctor, one Henry Bowe. The location, beautiful as it was, did not allow for expansion and by 1924 a new church was built in the foothills of the Kamies mountains, near a peak that they say resembles a crown. Soon a town was established, run by the church elders, who prohibited the sale of alcohol anywhere within its boundaries. The only hotel in the area is still located some 2km out of town. It was named after the crown in the Kamies mountains (crown=kroon)

Why is Kamies such a special place? It is located in a harsh, sparsely populated desert. It is hardly worth a mention while traveling past, yet, at the right time, it is one of the most picturesque, beautiful, colourful places on the face of the earth. In springtime (August/September), this dry desolate landscape is home to more than 4000 species of wildflowers. There are not enough words to describe what is arguably one of the wonders of creation.

A destination that should be on your list of 'must see' places.


Tinktinkie says:
Laat my huistoe verlang!
Posted on: Jan 31, 2010
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