The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Keimoes

Afrikaans name: Keimoes

Keimoes town

Keimoes

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Northern Cape

The town of Keimoes lies on the banks of the Orange River roughly halfway between Kakamas and Upington.

Like other towns that are located next to the mighty Orange River there is a lot of agriculture that takes place in the region using the water of the river to irrigate the fields. Various fruit crops are grown such as grapes, watermelon and peaches. Wine is also produced by the Orange River Wine Cellars.

The name "Keimoes" probably originates from the natural spring in the area which is known as "large eye" in the local indigenous languages.

Visitors can spend time at the nearby Tierberg Nature Reserve or visit the Dutch Reformed Church which was built in 1889 and is now a national monument. Another point of interest is the Persian Water Wheel which is still in operation. In spring there is normally an abundance of wildflowers in bloom which contrast with the aloes that flower in winter.

Keimoes Hotel

Keimoes Hotel

Photo © Johan van Zyl

References and further reading

Conollys Guide to Southern Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Denis Conolly - Published: 1982 - Page: 350

Farm Stall to Farm Stall - Author: Jennifer Stern - Published: 2014 - Page: 162

Farm Stall to Farm Stall - Author: Jennifer Stern - Published: 2014 - Page: 163

go! - Issue 089 - Author: - Published: 2013 - Page: 95

go! - Issue 134 - Author: - Published: 2017 - Page: 96

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 1995 - Page: 334

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1991 - Page: 281

The Pictorial Motoring Atlas of South Africa - Author: Maxwell Leigh - Published: 1987 - Page: 53

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