Garies was laid out on the land given to the Dutch Reformed Church by the owner of the farm Goedeverwagting in 1845. The village of Garies consists of one long street with a church, a cluster of houses and shops that are built on the banks of the stream Garies. The Nama people named this area Th’aries after the couch grass that grew along the banks of the stream and this was later changed to Garies.
Pack your backpack and head off on a Hiking Adventure in the Namaqua National Park situated near Garies in the Northern Cape. Don’t miss the annual kaleidoscope of colour provided by the bloom of the Namaqualand daisies during the flower season. This arid region also offers spectacular coastal scenery, unique nature as well as great camps where you can relax and gaze at the stars at the end of a great day of hiking. For more information contact Namaqua National Park on +27 (0)27 672 1948.
Visitor can look forward to the slackpacking adventure in Hondeklip Bay, a coastal village in the Northern Cape, about few hours drive from the town of Springbok. The Silver Sands Trail is a multi-day slackpacking trail that will take you through the beauty of the Namaqualand between the Spoeg and Groen rivers. This trail is an ideal way for the novice hikers and family groups to enjoy the natural beauty of this remote part of South Africa. The good time of year to enjoy this hike is during the spring when a spectacular kaleidoscope of blooming wild flowers lights up the area with splashes of colour. For more information contact Namaqua National Park on +27 (0)27 672 1948.