Douglas

The charming town of Douglas lies almost halfway between Kimberley and Prieska. The first thing you will notice about Douglas is the abundance of water – the town lies at the confluence of the Vaal and Orange rivers, resulting in fertile farm land and a town that is 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 birdlife. It is also famous for fishing on the Vaal River and boasts seven of the big-league freshwater fish in the vicinity. There is a lovely little spot that marks where the rivers meet, just outside of town, known as Die Neus (The confluence) and the Douglas Wine Cellar is also worth a 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 kilometres away, making Douglas an obvious accommodation stopover en route to view the Big Hole and other nearby tourist attractions.