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Posted on: Thursday, 21 February 2013

Have You Been to Prieska

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Ria Huysamen Aloe Garden

Ria Huysamen Aloe Garden

Prieska is a very small town that is perched along the Orange River in the Northern Cape. It is 240 kilometres south of Kimberley and its famous Big Hole. Although having been occupied by indigenous South Africans, such as the Bushmen, for generations, it was only made a formal municipality in 1878.

Little was known about Prieska until the late 1800’s and the earliest part of the 1900’s. At this time, farmers began to travel to Prieska when the salt pans flooded. These farmers built homesteads, established farms and set up a small community, but never developed the town much further than a few churches. Then, during the devastation of the Anglo-Boer War, Afrikaners spread throughout the area now known as the Northern Cape Province. Later, they retreated to the Transvaal (or Gauteng as it is now called).

Therefore, Prieska is a place of deep history and heritage, having played an important role in the identity of South Africa, both past and present. Many of the tourist attractions remain centred on this part of the country’s background.

In addition to being situated along the Orange River, Prieska is also landlocked. It is very hot in summer and very cold in winter. These conditions have given rise to a rather unique combination of plants and animals that call this home. Hundreds of succulents are common, as is the famous quiver tree.

Here are the main attractions in Prieska:

Rolfontein Nature Reserve

Rolfontein Nature Reserve

  • The Prieska Koppie Nature Reserve – showcasing some of the most beautiful fauna and flora of the region.
  • The Ria Huysamen Aloe Garden – this arid garden produces some of the most beautiful aloes, which are thorny succulents that have endless medicinal properties.
  • The Schumann Rock Collection – situated at the Municipal offices, this collection showcases gorgeous semi-precious stones and qua stone implements.
  • The Prieska Museum on Victoria Street – learn about the town’s fascinating history, including some of the first farming implements used by the Afrikaans farmers more than 100 years ago.
  • Wonderdraai – this is the spot at which the twisting Orange River has formed a horse-shoe-shaped island. With the geology of the land and the position of the river, it looks like the water is flowing uphill.
  • Die Bos Nature Reserve – a must-see for bird-lovers, this reserve is brimming with stunning plant-life too. There are picnic spots and suspension bridges that make for a really fun day out.
  • The Karoo Gariep Conservancy – witness the natural diversity of the Karoo within the stark beauty of this conservancy.
  • The Rolfontein Nature Reserve – this reserve combines mountain forests with Karoo plains and dolerite eruptions, making for an impressive experience for those wanting to experience a very different side of the South African terrain.
  • The Memorial Garden – visit the graves of some of the British soldiers that were killed in and around Prieska in the Anglo-Boer War

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Amelia Meyer

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Amelia is a freelance writer and editor with a passion for all things travel-related. She is based in Knysna, but has studied, lived and travelled further afield. She studied Film, Media and Literature at the University of Cape Town. She began her solo career in the form of Voxate Writing & Editing in 2008 and loves every minute of it. Amelia believes in silver linings, lessons learnt and the responsibility to do what’s right. When she is not writing, she can frequently be found at the local animal shelter, on the bicycle trails of the nature reserves or sampling new restaurants with her family.

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