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Sun-soaked coasts

Shipwrecks and romance of the Diamond Coast

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AAre you looking to venture out on the road less travelled? Are you looking for alluring coastlines and rugged views that speak of romance? If this equation resonates with you, then you absolutely have to check out the Diamond Coast.

Winding along the coast of the Northern Cape province, you’ll find a place adventurers and fortune hunters throughout history have called home. And, while you may not find your fortune here, you’ll definitely be romanced by its beauty and peacefulness.

Wild and rugged, the Diamond Coast can be found on the far north-western coast from Port Nolloth to the mouth of the Orange River. Situated in Namaqualand, it’s renowned for its rich plant life – especially in spring when thousands of blooming flowers cover the landscape in a sea of colour.  

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TThe diamonds found off this coast were carried to the sea from the diamond fields near Barkley West.

AAlong the way you will find charming locations like Alexander Bay, a previously restricted diamond mining area, which can now be visited on organised tours. Or, if the dramatic shipwrecks along the Northern Cape coastline are more your thing, organised tours such as a hike or a 4x4 trip through the coastal dunes forming part of the shipwreck trail can be organised too.

Diamond Coast, Northern Cape

IIf you’re feeling brave, dare yourself to go for a dip in the very cold ocean. Or skip this step and move on to the small town of Port Nolloth, where you can stay in a wide range of accommodation while you explore the Diamond Coast on foot – perhaps a five-day hiking trail may interest you.

This piece of coastline is definitely off the beaten track, a perfect opportunity to rekindle a romance – be it with your partner or simply with nature.

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