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Located in South Africa :: Northern Cape (West Coast)  :: Port Nolloth
Category: Places :: Town

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Description [ correction ]

Port Nolloth is a domestic seaport 89 miles northwest of Springbok in the Namaqualand region of the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. The bay upon which the port is located was known by the indigenous Namaqua people as Aukwatowa (Where the water took away the old man). James Alexander re-discovered the copper at Okiep in 1852. A survey of the coastline to locate a suitable harbour from which to ship the copper ore, commenced. Aukwatowa bay was surveyed in 1854 and selected for a future port mainly due to its sheltered position from offshore winds. A rudimentary quay was built in 1855, wide enough to accommodate the horse-drawn wagons that carried the copper ore from Okiep to the port. A small service town rapidly developed and was named Port Nolloth after its surveyor, Captain M.S. Nolloth. The port remained a transhipment point for copper from the Okiep mines, and diamonds from the Namaqua coast until 1970. The harbour has become badly silted and now the only vessels using it are fishing and pleasure craft and small vessels employed by the diamond mining industry. The town has two museums, one on the history of the area and the other on the natural environment. Port Nolloth lies near the Namaqua Flower Route, and is a gateway to the Richtersveld National Park.

Traveller Description

This is an old pioneering harbour town on the Atlantic ocean. Fishermen, diamond and divers live here.

Contact [ correction ]
Address :  Richtersveld Municipality, West Coast, South Africa
Contact :  Richtersveld Municipality
Tel :  +27(0)27 851 1111
Cell :  +27(0)72 194 1947
Cellphone Reception :  Intermittent Main Cellular Network :  CellC. Vodacom.

Directions [ correction ]

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Destination Information [ correction ]
Police Station :  Yes   Police Telephone :  +27(0)27 851 1020
Hospital : Yes   Hospital Telephone :  +27(0)27 851 8300
Tourist Information :  Yes   Tourist Information Telephone :  +27(0)27 851 1111
Petrol :  Yes   Petrol Type :  All.
Diesel :  Yes   Diesel Type :  All.
Facilities :  Gas Refill, Shopping Centre, Shops, Bank, ATM, Tour Services, Lodging, Camping, Butchery, Bakery, Liquor, Restaurant, Pharmacy, Tyre Repair, Tyre Sales, Mechanical Repair

Facilities [ correction ]
Other Facilities :  Auto Specialist Service. Court. Government Services.

Activities [ correction ]
Fishing, Swimming, Diving, Bird Watching
More Activities :  Kayak. Boating.
Notes on Activities :  (Some activities may be offered nearby).

Travelling Information

Surgery and ambulance available. Guided tours of the Willem Koegelenberg Park in town are also available. Harbour nearby.

 Travel Tip!

Visit the Port Nolloth museum, or the old historical Roman Catholic Church.

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