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 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. 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 little more classy suits your taste, the Douglas Wine Cellar is ideal visit.
Douglas is also a 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 stopover en-route to view the Big Hole and other nearby tourist attractions.
- Bee farm (honey, hand-crafted creams, soaps, lip balms, candles & other crafts)
- Boat trips, water skiing
- Hunting safaris
- Walk to Freedom
- Wine Tasting
There are many activities and places of interest in and around Douglas, with Kimberley only 100 km away on the way to Upington and the Kalahari Gemsbok Park.
Established in 1968, the Douglas Wine Cellar is one of the oldest cellars north of the Orange River and produces a wide variety of wines.
A trip to the Northern Cape would be incomplete without including a visit to the Big Hole in Kimberley. An entirely man-made structure, the Big Hole is the largest hand-dug excavation in the world. The world-renowned McGregor Museum in Kimberley affords visitors a fascinating glimpse into the bygone days of the diamond rush and has made important contributions to the ecological and historical knowledge of the Northern Cape.
Mokala SANpark is situated 80km from Douglas and is also worth a visit.
Confluence – just outside of Douglas you’ll find the spot where the mighty Orange and Vaal Rivers meet.
Felidae Centre is a wildlife reserve conserving African wild cats and predators in their natural habitat and is located in the Free State province just a short distance from Kimberley.