THE GROWCERY CAMP
The region on top of the Kamiesberg is a forgotten world. Here lies a small town where Quiver trees are used to build natural “fridges”. Kamieskroon is a small community at the foot of the Kamiesberge. Kamieskroon is a popular wildflower location. It is near the popular Skilpad Flower Reserve, that forms part of Namaqua National Park. The winter weather in Kamieskroon can be vastly different to the rest of Namaqualand. The reason is that Kamieskroon is 800meters above sea level.
It is ideal to stop over at Kamieskroon and make this your base for a few days. There are many circular routes to drive and explore the area. The popular round trip is from Bitterfontein to Kamieskroon via Kliprand and Leliefontein, or via Paulshoek. The route passes through the upper desert-like reaches of the pebbled Knersvlakte. At the knersvalkte, you can find the sanded Bushmanland into a region known as Namaqua Broken Veld.
The scenery around Kamieskroon is unusual. You can see patches of lush succulent vegetation spaced with granite koppies. You can view heaps of bare, rounded granite boulders piled as if a giant had been clearing farmland.
The Studers Pass, from Garies up towards Paulshoek and Leliefontein, winds leisurely through magnificent mountain scenery. In winter a waterfall tumbles over a large opening by the roadside, and from various vantage points on the way one can catch glimpses of the sea some 70km away.
Rooifontein, at 1700m, is the highest peak in Namaqualand. You can reach the peak from Kamieskroon via Baileys Pass. The road winds back down again through Kamasies and Gamoep. You will find the flat grassy plains of the Bushmanland and the road to Springbok.
Vist Kamieskroon on your way to The Growcery Camp in the Richtersveld. This is an on route stopover when travelling through Namaqualand and the Northern Cape. Take the slow road to The Growcery Camp and enjoy the roads less travelled.