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Town Small Vioolsdrift

ID: w136764 View large map

Located in South Africa :: Northern Cape (Richtersveld)  :: Vioolsdrift
Category: Places :: Town Small


Vioolsdrif is a village on the Orange River in the north-western part of the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. The name in Afrikaans means 'the ford (shallow river crossing) of the violin'. It is reportedly named after a Nama, Jan Viool (John Violin), who is said to have played the fiddle in these parts in the nineteenth century. A road bridge links Vioolsdrif, South Africa with the small village of Noordoewer in Namibia. The arid region is sparsely populated but the brilliant sandstone cliffs are worth seeing. Crops, such as dates and melons are grown under irrigation from the Gariep River. Vioolsdrif has several campsites and motels for motorists passing through the border. It is also an agricultural community with only one shop at the border and a few tourism establishments. Major shopping should be done at Springbok, before going on to Vioolsdrift.The town has some small shops, a population of less than a thousand people and not much by way of infrastructure. The town functions around the border post, with police station and customs clearing houses. (Jul-15)

Address :  Richtersveld, South Africa
Cellphone Reception :  Good Main Cellular Network :  Vodacom

Destination Information
Police Bank ATM Lodging Camping Liquor
Facilities :  Shops, General Dealer, Tour Services
Police Telephone :  +27(0)27 761 8879

Game Viewing Game Drives 4WD Trails Hiking Trails Guided Walks Fishing Swimming Canoeing Bird Watching
Tours and Excursions, Mountain Biking, Boat Trips, White Water Rafting, Stargazing

Travelling Information

The main facilities are the accommodation like lodges, self-catering, guest house and camping sites.

Fill up your tanks at the nearby Noordoewer Area, 6km from Steinkopf in South Namibia when coming from Namibia as there are no fuel stops in Vioolsdrift or fill up your tanks in the nearby town of Steinkopf, South African side. Noordoewer has a slightly better infrastructure than Vioolsdrift, like the petrol station and vehicle workshop.

This town does not have much facilities, it is just a transit town and borders Namibia.
For other facilities like the doctors, pharmacies, vehicle mechanical repairs, tyre sales and repair services visit the nearby town of Steinkopf. (Jul-15).

Vioolsdrift is a good place to stock up on any basic items before heading out to the surrounding Richtersveld, Kalahari or Diamond Coast regions.

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