Kamieskroon is set among the granite rock formations of the Kamiesberg range and was founded in the 1860s. It took the name Bowesville (later Bowesdorp), after the district surgeon, Dr Henry Bowe. As there was little room to expand in the narrow kloof the town occupied, the church council decided, in 1924, to rebuild it at Kamieskroon. Kamies derived from the Nama word “˜kam’, meaning two – referring to the twin peaks of the mountain. The “˜kroon’, a 330m peak crowned with a huge cleft rock is a kilometer from the village.
Hiking experience along uncharted trails in the Namaqua National Park. For more information contact Namaqua National Park on +27 (0)27 672 1948.
Lt Dj Darter’s Grave- The grave of a British officer killed during the Anglo-Boer War, Darter’s grave – 15km south of the town – is the smallest piece of foreign land registered in South Africa, in an area that saw many skirmished during the war. Contact Namakwa Tourism Office +27 (0) 27 712 8034/5.
Kharkams – A settlement south of Kamieskroon where flowers carpet the veld during the flower season. Contact Namakwa Tourism Office +27 (0) 27 712 8034/5.
Leliefontein Methodist Church and Parsonage – Both national monuments in Namaqualand’s oldest village. Boer leader Manie Maritz reportedly killed Khoi-Khoi attackers with his bare hands inside the church. Contact Namakwa Tourism Office +27 (0) 27 712 8034/5.