The Diamond Coast
Did you know?
The diamonds found off this coast were carried to the sea from the diamond fields near Barkly West.
The Diamond Coast in South Africa winds along the Northern Cape Province's wild and rugged far north-western coast from Port Nolloth to the Orange River.
Situated in Namaqualand it is renowned for its rich plant life and visitors can feast their eyes on the mass displays of flowers in spring.
This pristine and little known tract of coastline includes Alexander Bay, a previously restricted diamond mining area, which can now be visited on organised tours. Glittering stones are not the only treasure to be found here as it also holds great indigenous natural treasures.
Visitors can soak in this mysterious and unspoiled part of Northern Cape coastline on organised tours and hikes that wind past dramatic shipwrecks, where mariners met their fate in the icy Benguela current.
Swimming in the ocean along the coastline of the Northern Cape is invigorating because the water is extremely cold, and its beautiful coastal dunes can be explored by 4x4 as part of the shipwreck trail.
Misty and picturesque the small town of Port Nolloth offers visitors a range of accommodation. Due to its dramatic landscapes the Diamond Coast is perfect to explore on foot and a five-day hiking trail offers this opportunity.
This piece of coastline is definitely off the beaten track, which adds to its romantic appeal.
Travel tips & Planning info
How to get here
From Cape Town, drive up the N7, turning off at the R382 for both Port Nolloth and Alexander Bay. Cape Town to Alexander Bay is 790kms.
Best time to visit
Spring, from August to September, for the spectacle of blooming Namaqualand spring flowers.
Self drive. Sedan vehicles will get you most places but a 4x4 will enhance your adventure.
Length of stay
At least one week.
Where to stay
The Diamond coast offers all kinds of accommodation. Hotels, resorts, game and safari lodges, bush camps, bed & breakfasts, guesthouses, backpackers and self-catering facilities are available.
What to eat
Seafood, seafood and more seafood. This coast offers a seafood banquet. For non seafood eaters there are plenty of other options.