GREEN KALAHARI ACCOMMODATION ASKHAM
ASKHAM

Askham developed around the school that  was built in 1931, and the Dutch Reformed Church. It is a quiet little town situated about 185km north of Upington on the road to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.  Being only 73 km from the park entrance at Twee Rivieren Askham has become o necesary refuel point in the Kalahary before  continuing on the journey to one of the world’s largest conservation areas.

It is claimed that the Scottish land surveyor, Rodger Jackson, gave Askham its name when he surveyed farms in the Kuruman river in 1919.  It is not quite clear why Jackson chose the name of Askham. It is said that Jackson named Askham after a town on the Irish coast.

If one continues with the new tarred road from Upington to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, a few kilometers from Askham you would encounter the police station at Witdraai. The police station was build in 1931 and was used as a breeding station for camels, with the original camels imported from the Sudan. It supplied camels to the police as far as Rietfontein, Kuruman, Van Zylsrus, Deben and Olifantshoek for use during police patrols in the Kalahari until 1950.

The Main Attractions are:

* Kalahari 4 x 4 Trail
This tough 250km long route is worth a visit and can be done over two to three days.
* Kgalagadi Tranfrontier Park
The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is one of the largest conservation areas in the world, linking South Africa and Botswana. It is the home of the famed black -maned Kalahari lion and has 58 species of mammal, 55 reptile species and about 300 bird species, including at least 20 different species of large raptor.
* Loch Maree
Located 300km from Upington on the far side of Noenieput, with a circumference of 24 kilometres, this unworked salt pan is the largest in South Africa.
* The Kalahari Red Dune Route
The route consists of a network of individually owned guest houses, farms and game reserves.
* Hunting
The Kalahari is a hunter's paradise with its many game reserves and rich wildlife. Gemsbok and springbok are abundant, but wildebeest, red hartebeest and eland makes excellent biltong.
The San (bushmen) is an ancient people found in the Kalahari.
The camelthorn trees of the Kalahari with the red sand dunes in the background is a typical site around Askham. Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of the Camel Thorn tree, is its seeds which forms a large crescent (or "half-moon"), up to 4 or 5 inches from end to end, and covered by a fine grey down, almost like that of a camel. These pods, of which a mature tree (80 years plus) can produce 500 kg in a season, contians a fine nutritious powdery inside, that surrounds a number of hard and shiny seeds. In severe drought periods, these seeds makes up a major part of the survival rations of most Kalahari animals and are a very important survival food amongst the plants of the Kalahari.
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