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

Scenery in the area

Rugged scenery in the vicinity of the town

Photo © Johan van Zyl


References and further reading

Conolly's Guide to Southern Africa - Author: Denis Conolly - Year Published: 1982 - Page: 350

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

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

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

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 183

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

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

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

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