We love ourselves some remote, off the beaten track destinations. Port Nolloth in the Northern Cape of South Africa fits the bill.
Drive seven hours north from Cape Town along the National Route 7 and at some point the villages and towns you pass by become smaller and smaller in number. Eventually you exit to a regional road through the Kalahari towards the coast, and about 80km south of the border with Namibia you find Port Nolloth, a town of roughly 6,000 people.
Port Nolloth used to be the main regional hub for copper shipping, however when the size of the ships increased the port couldn't cope anymore and things quieted down. When early in the 20th century alluvial diamonds were discovered the town's economy received a new impulse, but that too found its demise and nowadays the ships docking here are either small (cray) fishing boats or recreational vessels.
Besides the last frontier novelty factor, there is not that much to do in town. A local museum tells you about the history of the town, and the odd-looking Port Nolloth Lighthouse is interesting to check out, but that's not really a good reason to come here. Rather it should be for the peace and quiet of those long walks on the beach with not a soul to be seen and the quaintness of the town itself. If you're stopping over here, you might as well head north to Richterveld (Fish River Canyon) in Namibia or south to Namaqualand. If you want to swim, head to McDougall’s Bay. [Review by travelindicator]
- Port Nolloth is a city in South Africa's region of Northern Cape. It has a population of 6,092, is situated at an altitude of 115ft and the best airport to fly into is CPT (Cape Town International, Cape Town)
- The main spoken language here is Afrikaans, and the average English skill is high
- The currency used in South Africa is the South African rand (ZAR)
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About the only other major travel site writing about Port Nolloth appears to be Lonely Plannet, but they do write a decent sized piece, too. Other than that, you're stuck with the likes of Southafrica.net or Showme.co.za.
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