Northern Cape DestinationsWilliston, Upper Karoo
Williston may be a small town tucked away in the Upper Karoo of the Northern Cape, but this part of the Namaqualand certainly enjoys its fair share of natural splendour and unadulterated South African landscapes. The Karoo is a very special part of the country, known for its unique, sometimes sparse, beauty. It occupies less than 80 square kilometres and is situated 103 kilometres away from Calvinia. It was originally a Rhenish mission station; but, almost 40 years later, in 1881, it was established as a municipality.
The church missions that were once such an integral part of this town now form an important part of the history and heritage, and visitors are invited to see the many churches and learn about their beginnings. The NG Church is built out of sandstone, dates back to 1913, and has been made a National Monument. It is a must-see for those that are historically inclined.
Williston Mall is a popular place to spend a day shopping, eating and having loads of fun. There is a swimming pool, succulent nursery, licensed pub and plenty of retail gems to keep shopaholics busy for hours, while little ones are not given a chance to get bored.
Towns that are close to Williston include Fraserburg, Carnarvon, and Brandvlei. International and South African travellers that want to get the most out of their time here are advised to visit when the Namaqualand explodes into a carpet of colourful wild flowers (usually in August and September).