Kenhardt Northern Cape

Kenhardt Northern Cape

Kenhardt, Northern Cape, South Africa Kenhardt (founded 1868) is a small town in the Northern Cape province of South Africa. This little town is about 120 km fromUpington, the largest town in the area.On December 27, 1868, special magistrate Maximillian Jackson with a police contingent was sent to act against the Griquas in the area. The Griqua's anti-colonial resistance had erupted into an open conflict. Jackson arrived in Kenhardt and set up camp under a giant camelthorn tree.Kenhardt has been, for a long time the most remote settlement in the North-Western Cape. With time the town developed from under this tree, becoming a municipality in 1909. The Hartbees River, with its many sweet thorn trees, provides a green belt irrigated by the Rooiberg Dam. Kenhardt is famous for being at the heart of the Dorper sheep-farming area.This region contains little vegetation, primarily low shrubs and yellow grass among a rocky, desert kind of landscape. If you travel south from Kenhardt towards Brandvlei, you will pass through a vast landscape of nothingness for the next 200 km and more. During the seasons, many birds flock to the pans, when they contain water, after some rainfall. Temperature above 40°C is not uncommon.Visit the Quiver Tree Forest, Kokerboom Woud in Afrikaans, about 8 km south of Kenhardt on the main route to Cape Town. Some of these trees have specially formed weaver birds nests. The forest comprises approximately 4,000 to 5,000 Kokerbome.Walk the legendary geological granite metamorphic outcrops of the area. Along the trail, all kind of quartz lies scattered.Tours to the pans on the outlying farms where you can view San artwork– also known as Bushman– and enjoy the farm hospitality as well as a hiking trail where Anglo-Boer War remains, and the beautiful landscape can be experienced.Make your discoveries on fossilized foot impressions and engravings. This tree is about 500–600 years old. It is under this tree that Magistrate Jackson set up his camp in 1868.The old library was built in 1897, and it was used until 1977. In 1978, it was declared a national monument. Currently, it is used by Sanlam as their office.A vast dry pan on which Sir Malcolm Campbell tried, in Bluebird 1, to set a new world land-speed record in 1929. For more info, visit Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenhardt
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