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South Africa Holiday: Diamond dredgers at Port Nolloth in the Northern Cape

South Africa Holiday: Port Nolloth

Established as a harbour in 1854, Port Nolloth in the Northern Cape is a centre for small-scale diamond recovery and crayfishing. Here you can enjoy sunbathing, walking and line-fishing on the clean beaches of South Africa's Diamond Coast.

Port Nolloth was originally known by the Nama people as 'Aukwatowa' ("place where the water took the old man away").
Click to see a detailed map of Port Nolloth and the Northern CapeThis isolated little port has a distinctive atmosphere, with hardy characters and a unique history. A cluster of houses overlook the calm waters of the small harbour, enclosed by reefs and pretty beaches.
South Africa Holiday: Quaint cottages overlook the harbour of Porth Nolloth in the Northern CapeToday diamond dredgers and fishing trawlers etched against sunsets, clean beaches and the occasional antics of seals are made the more pleasant by good line-fishing and fresh crayfish. Nama culture can be seen at Lekkersing north of Port Nolloth.
South Africa Holiday: Horse riding along the Diamond Coast at Port Nolloth in the Northern CapeLocal guides from black township of  Sizamile (“We have tried” in Xhosa) will take you on a walking tour of Porth Nolloth, during which they will fill you in on the settlement's rich history, cultural and social challenges and recent developments.
Originally known as Robbebaai (seal bay) because of the many seals found here, this cove became known to White settlers at the time of the copper-rush in the 1850s.
Surveyed by Captain Nolloth in 1854, the cove was felt to be a practical natural harbour from which copper ore could be shipped. The harbour was named after him and in 1855 the new town was laid out.
Later, the opening of a railway line between Okiep (O’okiep) and Port Nolloth in 1873, caused nearby Hondeklip Bay to quickly decline in population and loose its status as the magisterial district in 1877.
South Africa Holiday: Port Nolloth in 1905 (Northern Cape)The harbour proved to be impractical as only small vessels could enter the narrow breach. The railway line to Port Nolloth was eventually closed in 1944 after unsuccessful attempts to improve it and the copper ore was transported by rail direct to Cape Town for shipment.
South Africa Holiday: Quad biking along the Diamond Coast at Port Nolloth in the Northern CapeThe discovery of diamonds in 1926 gave Port Nolloth a new lease of life.
Port Nolloth is a great base for exploring the Diamond Coast and the Richtersveld Transfrontier Park.
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