Peaceful tranquillity situated between the Atlantic Ocean and Namaqualand. Our beachfront, upmarket, country-style establishment offers self-catering and B and B, with dinner on request. All units fully equipped. DSTV, water sport at your doorstep, diamond mine trips, 4x4 routes, cross border Richtersveld/Ais-Ais Park and Orange River rafting close by.
Situated in a small coastal retreat with our back against the Richtersveld and our feet in the Atlantic. Come and enjoy the misty mornings, the crisp desert air and temperate climate with sun, sea and sand in abundance. Access on tar.
The flagship of the establishment.
One en-suite double bedroom, opposite the beach. DSTV.
Coffee facilities in the room.
Braai facilities available.
Formerly known as Aukwatowa (in Nama this means 'where the water took the old man away') and later as Robbe Baai (Seal Bay) the area of Port Nolloth was frequented for centuries by the 'strandlopers' and later the Khoekhoen - the ancestors of the Nama people- who were nomads surviving on a precarious farming existence as well as sea food on the coast. When the white settlers arrived in the area, they mixed with the Khoekhoen and the ancient San and molded the population we see here now.
It was O'Kiep that brought forth copper and jolted the Port into life. Commander Nolloth surveyed this coast in 1854 and discovered that the reef-sheltered but uneasy harbour was adequate for the shipment of copper ore to Europe. Many Cornish people and many others settled here. The old railway, first mule draen and later steam powered, transported the copper to the coast. When other more lucrative transport for the copper was found in the 20th century, the railway closed down. It would have been difficult to survive on fishing alone, but strangely in this time fortune touched the misty coast. Perfect diamonds were discovered 6 miles south of Port Nolloth in 1925 and the village came to life once more, buzzing with popularity and high fever. In the 1960's it was discovered that this was the only coast in the world where gem quality diamonds could be dredged from the bottom of the sea by remote deep sea operations or by hardy divers. Sometimes many diamonds are found (a jackpot!) and sometimes few or none at all. Boats have come and gone and fortunes have been made and lost.
Initiatives in more sustainable development have now begun and we are beginning to take note of our spectacular biodiversity - the Richtersveld was declared a World Heritage site in 2007.
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