Jan Kempdorp, Diamond Fields

Despite being the largest province in South Africa, the Northern Cape remains the most sparsely populated. Rather than urban landscapes, it is characterised by the spectacularly vast African landscapes, which rise in impressive scope to meet the blue of the sky. Jan Kempdorp is a formal town, although initially established as a settlement, that is situated on the border between this province and the North West Province.

This settlement was originally established as the base for the officials working on the Vaalharts Irrigation Scheme in the 1930’s. It was proclaimed a town and renamed to Jan Kempdorp in 1953.

The town is situated less than 100 kilometres north of Kimberley and is on the national road (N18), which links it to Vryburg and Mahikeng.

The history of Jan Kempdorp continues to be a fascinating draw card for visitors, providing excellent insights into the heritage of an aspect of South Africa. Some of this history and heritage is immortalised in a number of local museums, which are fantastic for young and old alike. In addition, the natural landscapes around the town are beautiful to explore, and continue to lure avid birdwatchers for their abundance of bird species.

A visit to the irrigation scheme is a must, since it is one of the largest of its kind in the world and is an essential resource to several towns in the area.

Indeed, Jan Kempdorp is one of the treasures of the Northern Cape.

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