Douglas

 

The charming town of Douglas lies almost halfway between Kimberley and Prieska. As the town lies at the confluence of the Vaal and Orange rivers, one often notices the abundance of the water in the area resulting in fertile farm land that is often regarded as a green oasis in the arid Northern Cape.
(The Riet and Vaal rivers also meet here.)

 

Douglas has been blessed with a wonderfully diverse bird life. It is also famous for fishing on the Vaal River and boasts seven of the big-league freshwater fish in the vicinity. With a lovely little spot that marks where the rivers meet, known as “Die Neus” (The confluence) this just out of town stop is one a worth making. If something a littler more classy suits your taste, the Douglas Wine Cellar is ideal visit.

 

Douglas is also an historic town, with years of diamond digging and the missionaries to thank for some of its quaint little houses. Interestingly, it has a series of glacial pavements that date back 290-million years and a number of rock engravings made from stone tools. You will need permission from the McGregor Museum in Kimberley to see these. Kimberley is only 100 kilometers away, making Douglas an obvious stopover en-route to view the Big Hole and other nearby tourist attractions.