Askham, Kalahari

When travelling from Upington and making your way to the Kgalagadi National Park, you will come across the little town of Askham. Askham is situated just 73 km from the park entrance at Twee Rivieren.

Askham originally developed around the school which has a boarding house built in 1931, as well as the Dutch Reformed Church of Askham which serves the entire Kalahari.

This town acquired its name from a Scottish land surveyor named Rodger Jackson. He gave Askham its name when he surveyed farms in the Kuruman River in 1919. There are many various explanations given for Jackson’s choice of names. Some say that Jackson named Askham after a town on the Irish coast. Others say that Jackson took the name from a farmer’s words: “Ask him”, or from the message he sent to request ingredients for his breakfast: “Ask ham!”. The mystery behind the reasoning still remains.

Situated just a few kilometres from Askham is the police station at Witdraai. It was built in 1931 and was a breeding station for camels that were used for police patrols in the Kalahari. At one stage Witdraai boasted over 400 camels and supplied camels for police stations at Rietfontein, Obobogorag, Kuruman, Van Zylsrus, Deben and Olifantshoek.

Askham offers various exciting activities as well as fantastic amenities and little coffee shops. There are various guesthouses in and around the town which offer comfortable accommodation. The people of the Kalahari are renowned for their hospitality and love spoiling guests with traditional cuisine such as roosterkoek, juicy Kalahari lamb dishes, melktert and, in season, the sought after n’abba or Kalahari truffle.

Each little town in the Green Kalahari has its own unique characteristics and beauty and Askham is definitely one of them. Although it is small, Askham is not without character. It boasts genuine tranquillity and an ideal destination for the traveller.

In the vicinity

Hotels & other accommodation options

Things to do in the area

Noteworthy attractions

Find accommodation in Askham

FIND / South Africa Accommodation / Northern Cape Accommodation / Kalahari Accommodation / Askham Accommodation

Askham as a destination

Want to stay overnight?


When would you like to stay?
Choose dates

Number of Guests

Why book with
  • Your card is safe with us; strictest card verification in the industry and we don't store card numbers.
  • No airy fairy service fees; you save!
  • We care. Service with integrity.
  • Multiple payment methods:
    credit card, SID instant EFT, bank transfer.
  • All Askham property owners / managers are verified (our experience protects you from online fraud).
  • Secure your booking
Our Payment Protection Guarantee only applies if your deposit payment is made via
South Africa. Explore. Experience. Stay® has been assisting travellers with their South Africa travel plans since 1999, and is the largest, independent online travel guide for South Africa available in both English and German.