Mier is a large Municipal district that is bigger than the Free State Province and includes the communities of Rietfontein, Philandersbron, Loubos, Klein Mier, Groot Mier, Welkom, Askham and Noenieput. It is situated next to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park and has a population of more than 6000 people. The biggest asset of Mier is the rich culture and history of its people.
One of the world’s most ancient tribes, the !Khomani San, owns farms in the Mier area and make a living out of game farming and selling authentic San weapons like bows and arrow and curios such necklaces and bracelets made from the shell of ostrich eggs.
The Mier municipality owns 30 000 hectares of game farms that together with privately owned game farms offer hunting opportunities with predominantly Gemsbok and Springbok as the game of choice. The municipality provides well-trained hunting guides, field guides and tour guides for a reasonable fee.
The Mier area is predominantly sheep and game farming area. It is a semi-desert area where development is hampered by the lack of fresh water. Borehole water is of poor quality and it is wise to stock up on water and extra fuel.
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.
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.