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During the year 1788, great herds of buffalo were seen at Bassonsdrift. Elephants, Rhino and Hippopotamus were also regularly seen here. Kakamas comes from the Koranna word T'nKakamas, a name they gave to the place where a fierce buffalo stormed them as they were driving their cattle through the river.
There are plenty of attractions to see around Kakamas.
The "Water Tunnels" were built in 1898 to 1901 under the instruction of a self trained engineer, Mr Japie Lutz. These tunnels supplied water for irrigation in an otherwise arid country where nothing but succulents will grow. There are two tunnels, 3 to 4 metres wide, 2,5 metres deep and 97 and 172 metres long. These tunnels were dug by hand through the native rock.
Getting irrigation water to higher ground is a problem. Kakamas make use of water wheels to overcome this problem. There are currently 9 water wheels in use.
The Kakamas Museum is housed in the Transformer Building. This building is based on an Egyptian design as Kakamas and Egypt are equidistant from the equator. This building housed the hydro electrical power station which supplied Kakamas with electricity as early as 1912.
If you follow the Rocky Route, you will end up at Neus Weir after about half an hours drive. This weir is 936 metres long and approximately 6 metres high.
On 4 February 1915, a gruesome battle were fought between German forces and the people of Kakamas. The graves of the Germans who died during the battle were re-buried at the foot of a hill approximately 4 Km outside the town.
The Orange River Wine Cellars Co-op were established in 1974 and has grown to become one of the largest wine co-operatives in the world. Award winning wines are available for tasting and purchase. Guided and un-guided tours are available on request.
Kakamas is also the receiving depot of the South African Dried Fruit Co-op which was established in 1970. A wide variety of dried fruits are available for sale.
Kakamas is also near to one of the most spectacular scenes in South Africa. The Augrabies Falls National Park is a must see for a visitor to this part of South Africa. It is also conveniently close to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.
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This page was last updated on
07 June 2009