Kakamas was originally build by a church and named after the Khoi word for ‘poor pasture’. However, the name today reflects poorly on a fertile valley in the lower Oranje River, graced with vineyards, cotton and Lucerne fields. Kakamas offers you an unforgettable combination of the mighty Orange (Gariep) River and the desolate barrenness of the Kalahari.
Knysna’s Dutch Reformed Church minister, BPJ Marchand, sometimes called he “father of Kakamas”, played a leading role in saving people from ruin. The river island of Marchand, Zoetap and Neus became a labour colony for the poor. So successful were their farming ventures that full title to the land was granted to them. Kakamas also has a interesting canal system fed out of the Oranje River irrigating vineyards trough a water wheel system. Although most crops are now irrigated electronically the old historic waterwheels keeps watch over yesterday.
Only 30 km from Kakamas is the Augrabies Falls, 7th biggest waterfall in the world. a very sought after tourist attraction.
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