Attractions IN/AROUND McDougalls Bay

Mountain Passes

Akkedis Pass

The Richtersveld is usually described by the adjectives 'rugged', 'desolate' and 'forbidding'. It's a dry, unforgiving landscape that is at once mesmerising and overwhelmingly beautiful; a photographer's nirvana. It is also intensely hot in summer (45 degrees ...

National Parks

Namaqua National Park

Say Namaqua National Park and people immediately think carpets of spring wild flowers. And they would not be wrong - Namaqualand not only has some of the richest bulb flora of any arid region in the world, but more than a 1 000 of its approximate 3 500 plant ...

Natural Wonders / Popular Tourist Routes

Namaqualand Flower Route

The spring wild flowers are a phenomenon that never ceases to amaze and delight, even for those who live in what is considered South Africa's "outback" Namaqualand. What at first glance appears to be a wilderness of semi-desert, is suddenly transformed, as ...

... and a little further afield

Mountain Passes

Burke's Pass

Burke's Pass takes one through the mountains south of Springbok, in the Northern Cape, to Kamieskroon - the tiny dorp that is more NG Church than it is town. The beauty of the bare granite against red soil, and the stubbly yellow grass and shrubs lining the ...

Nature Reserves

Goegap Nature Reserve

The Goegap Nature Reserve with its granite peaks and sandy plains are dominated by Carolusberg, the highest point in the area. Goegap's wild flower garden contains an enormous collection of succulents endemic to the area. A visit to the Goegap Nature Reserve ...

Mountain Passes

Messelpad Pass

Messelpad Pass lies on the 104 km gravel road between Springbok and Hondeklip Bay in the Northern Cape, one of two passes through the Tigerkloof. These passes (the other is Wildeperdehoek Pass) are geographically linked and thus driven as one (you can't do ...

Nature Reserves

Molyneux Nature Reserve

Molyneux is a small nature reserve, roughly 5.5 hectares, in the north of the De Beers mining town of Kleinzee. This Northern Cape town, once the quarters of mining employees, is now open to tourists who visit for its pristine coastline, bird life and ...

Botanical Gardens / Landmarks / Natural Wonders

Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape

Recently inscribed as the eighth World Heritage Site in South Africa, the Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape is a remarkable mountainous desert in the north-west of the country that is uniquely owned and managed by the Nama community, descendents ...

Game Reserves / National Parks

Richtersveld National Park

The Richtersveld is a unique mountain desert wilderness of great beauty, tucked in the far north-western corner of the Northern Cape in South Africa. Within this wilderness lies the incredible Richtersveld National Park. Proclaimed in 1991 after 18 years of ...

Nature Reserves

Skilpad Wildflower Reserve

The Skilpad Wildflower Reserve was established by the WWF in 1988 to raise awareness of the floral kingdom of the Namaqualand. Mainly shrubland and abandoned wheat fields, it may not look like much. But an incredible display of Namaqualand daisies errupts ...

Mountain Passes

Wildeperdehoek Pass

Almost inextricably linked to Messelpad Pass (the two are part of the 'Copper Route' between Springbok and Hondeklip Bay) Wildeperdehoek Pass is usually travelled from the north via Messelpad. The pass also forms part of the Caracal Eco Route starting at ...

McDougalls Bay as a destination

Also in the neighbourhood

Hondeklip Bay, Kamieskroon, Kleinzee, Nababeep, Pofadder, Port Nolloth, Springbok, Vioolsdrift

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