Port Nolloth beach front.

Yesterday (23rd) was not so great on the weather front. The sun was shinning but it was cold and a gale force wind blew the whole day. At one stage I was considering taking down my rally tent as I thought it was going to be ripped off the front of my caravan. That kind of wind makes me slightly depressed so I determined to take a drive into Port Nolloth and have a look around.

Port Nolloth was only given that name in 1855 when it was renamed from Robbe Baai (Seals Bay) by Sir Harry Smith. Prior to that it had also been known Aukwatwas (1779) and also as Gawaap. Copper was found in the Namaqualand area and the first shipment of 1 ton was was made from the harbour in 1850 and so the big rush to the area began. It was only in 1957 that Port Nolloth received municipal status.

I started my walk from the northern end of Port Nolloth and the first thing I saw was a really beautiful beach. There are a few houses overlooking the beach but not as many as I would have thought.

The bay to the north of Port Nolloth.

The bay to the north of Port Nolloth.

The coastline round the area is very rugged, as it is all along the West Coast and there have been quite a few big storms in the last year or so. It is known for its foggy weather, has an average rainfall of 20-25mm per annum and the average daytime temperature is a moderate 22ºC and 14ºC at night. As you will see a bit further on those storms caused quite a bit of havoc.

The unique lighthouse.

The unique lighthouse which was established in 1909.

The Roman Catholic Church.

The Roman Catholic Church.

Walk ways above the beach

Walkway above the beach You can see 2 boats that were washed ashore recently.

One of the entrances to the walk way.

One of the entrances to the walkway.

Official opening plaque.

Official opening plaque.

The walkway and beach front development were opened officially on the 8th August 2008.

The old building housing the Museum

The old building housing the History Museum

Old rail carriage in font of thr museum.

An old rail carriage in font of the museum.

Good place for a bite to eat? Love the Vespa on the roof!!

Good place for a bite to eat? Love the Vespa on the roof!!

I have not been out for a slap up meal since I left Cape Town 24 days ago. I think this is where I will go next week some time. One thing this restaurant illustrates is how much bigger in all aspects Port  Nolloth is compared to Alexander Bay. There are far more  bigger and better shops and the population is also about  four times that of Alexander Bay. Most people from the area either come come here or drive all the way to Springbok for their monthly shopping. As I said previously I am amazed by the local Spar Supermarket.

Another popular eating establishment.

Another popular eating establishment.

The Biodiversity Living Museum

The Bio diversity living Museum

You can even take up Karate at the local Do Jo

You can even take up Karate at the local Do Jo

Lastly, just to show you how violent the storms can be, the boat below was washed up to where it now rests on the 16th of June this year. It has not been stripped down so it looks like they may try and re float her on a really high tide. Looking at how deep she has sunk into the sand it might be just wishful thinking.

The Pafuri.

The Pafuri out of Cape Town..

So as you can see  an interesting walk, especially if one goes into the museums and spends a bit of time there. I hope to do a post on combined visits as there are some fascinating artefacts and things to see. I also popped into the De Beers controlled harbour and had a chat to the manager, Deon Lotter, and will do a short post on marine diamond mining.


  1. Hanlie on July 24th, 2009

    Port Nolloth looks like a great town! I’d love to visit it… Wonderful pictures!

  2. pbdphoto on July 24th, 2009

    Mmmm not so sure about GREAT town but certainly a lot better than Alexander Bay. I think they also have a pretty high % of unemployment here.

  3. Chris M on July 25th, 2009

    It looks stunning there!

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