The town of Kakamas, situated 41km west of Keimoes,  was born out of the farms Kakamas, Zoetap and Neus when the government of the then Cape Colony decided in 1893 to reserve land on the banks of the Orange River for the Dutch Reform Church to estasblish a "labour colony" for "poor white" farmers  who had become destitute after the drought of 1895 to 1897 and the outbreak of rinderpest among local cattle in 1896. It was decided to concentrate on irrigation farming and the first settlers arrived in Neus in 1898. The first manager of the settlement was the founder of Upington in 1871, the Reverend Christiaan Schroeder. With the help of an assistant, Japie Lutz, he designed and build most of the early irrigation systems.

The Kakamas township was established in 1931 and an 80km railwayline from Upington was completed in 1926. The name itself is shrouded in mystery, with the most likely explanation being that it is derived from the Koranna Khoe words for "poor grazing".

Kakamas produces sultanas, grapes, lucerne, legumes (beans, lentils and peas), cotton, wheat and vegetables, but the settlement is best known for the yellow clingstone peach used for canning - the Kakamas or Collins peach.

The Main Attractions are:
* Augrabies National Falls
The Augrabies falls derived their name from the Khoi word meaning "place of great noise". At the falls the Orange River thunders through a ravine to fall into a sheer granite pool 56 meters below. it is situated about 40km from Kakamas on the road to Pofadder in the Namaqualand.
* Egyptian-styled Hydroelectric Power Station
The old hydro-electric power station was build in 1913 for a mill that produced flour, balanced cattle feed and split peas.
* Water-wheels (Persian wheels / bakkiespompe)
Several Persian wheels are still in operation on the irrigation canals, especially along Voortrekker Street. Based on an ancient Egyptian design, these water-wheels were build by a local man, Piet Burger.
* German war graves
The graves of German soldiers killed in a 1915 clash with South African troops lie at the foot of a low hill.
* Irrigation tunnels
Build by Cornish miners, the tunnels can be seen outside of Kakamas.
The mighty Orange River ilined by lush green vineyards depicts the typical scenary of the Green Kalahari.
Several Persian wheels are still in operation on the irrigation canals, especially along Voortrekker Street. Based on an ancient Egyptian design, these water-wheels were build by a local man, Piet Burger
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Experience the natural wonder of the spectacular and renowned Augrabies Falls surrounded by harsh Kalahari desert landscapes whiles staying at this award winning Country Estate in comfort, luxury and elegance, indulging in chef prepared meals and relaxing under the African sun next to the sparkling pool in our lavish green gardens. Vergelegen is a convenient stop-over en route to the Kalahari, Namaqwaland, Richtersveld, Namibia and West Coast or ideal holiday base for tourist, nature lovers, travelers and businessman alike. It offers friendly, informal country hospitality at affordable rates. You can be rest assure of excellent personal attention and service throughout the duration of your stay.

15 luxury and comfortable en-suite rooms & family rooms with a personal touch, their own private entrances which walk out on a patio, air- conditioning, heating, television with M-Net, some with barfridges, coffee and tea facilities. Linen, towels, & complimentary amenity kit are provided. Daily room service. Wholesome Breakfast. Additional services: laundry, private braai facility, internet and fax facilities. Wake up calls & room service available. 24 Hour reception.

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The Fox's Lair, overlooking the Augrabies Valley offers warm farm hospitality, a beautiful comfortable climate and by night a spectacular vista of the star studded sky awaits you.

Situated only 7 kilometres from the spectacular Augrabies Falls. The self-catering two bedroom cottages, provide ample space and boasts with braai (BBQ) facilities, air-conditioned rooms and fully equipped kitchen. A hearty farmstyle breakfast is also available on request.

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Nestled in fertile vineyards overlooking the breathtaking vistas of Kakamas, lies the Ebenaeser Guesthouse.Here on our private tranquile grapefarm on the banks of the Orange River, you will experience true country hospitality. We cater to your every need with exquisitely decorated en-suite bedrooms, some with their own private patios. Complete with airconditioning

Exquisitely decorated en-suite bedrooms, some with their own private patios. Complete with airconditioning, TV, hairdryers, amenity kit,complimentary chocolates,tea and coffee, hearty farmstyle breakfasts and a well equipped kitchen for selfcatering, superb meals prepared by our gourmet chef, outdoor barbecue facilities on the main patio, telephone, fax, internet and credit card facilities, laundry service & daily room service.

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Alongside the Orange River overlooking tranquil lush green vineyards you will find yourself embraced by hospitality and comfort at Palmhof Chalet, a welcome stop-over and rest haven for the weary traveler on his way to the Augrabies Falls National Park.

Our friendly receptionist will help you choose the room from our
collection of self-catering Single, Double & Family Chalets.

*  Our stylish decorated Double Rooms each has two single beds, fully equipped kitchen, TV, Air-conditioning and sleeps 1 or 2 persons

*  Our stylish decorated Family Rooms  each has two bedrooms with double beds or one double bed with two single beds, a fully equipped kitchen, TV, Air-conditioning and sleeps 4 persons

*  self-catering single, double & family chalets
*  each chalet has it's own parking enclosed space & outdoor braai.

*  Room service and cleaning are also available on request.

*  Our stylish decorated Single Rooms each has a double bed , TV, fully
   equipped kitchen, Airconditioning and sleeps 1 or 2 persons
Palmhof Chalets, Northern Cape, Kakamas
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The Falls Guest House. Self Catering Cottages Accommodation in Augrabies, Northern Cape, South Africa

On your way to the Augrabies Falls enjoy peace and tranquility in a beautiful guesthouse surrounded by green vineyards and sweeping landscapes. The guesthouse exists out of four modern stylish private units. Every unit has a spacious room, warmly furnished with a bathroom and fully equipped kitchen area.

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