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Douglas is a very small town which lies near the confluence of the Orange River and its main tributary, the Vaal River, in the Northern Cape.
This is a thriving, fast growing town however right now, it is so small nobody seems to have heard of Douglas unless you happened upon it while venturing off the N8 en-route to Kimberley from Upington. The town has a few worthwhile attractions – the Douglas Wine Cellar offers wine tasting in a beautiful environment so bring along your own picnic too!
Douglas is known for great fishing on the Vaal River, and birdwatching because it is so green. There is a beautiful spot called Die Neus (The Nose) which marks where the rivers meet, just outside of town.
It’s close proximity to Kimberley means Douglas is perfect for a day trip to see the town, maybe two days, and its’ attractions. Alternatively, a stay in Douglas means day tripping to Kimberley to see its’ many, many attractions from the Big Hole to countless historical buildings, monuments and buildings!
Accommodation in the vicinity includes Guest Farms and self-catering facilities.
Things to do and see
- Douglas Wine Cellar
- De Neus Scenic Area
- Driekopseiland Rock Art
- Benfontein Nature Reserve
- Dronfield Nature Reserve
- Diamond Route
- Belgravia Historic Walk, Kimberley
Douglas receives approximately 334 mm of rain per year with most of its annual rainfall during summer.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 14˚C and 35˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 1˚C and 22˚C.
There are the domestic flights into Kimberley Airport approximately 119 km away via the R357. Car hire facilities are available at all Airports.
Douglas was founded in 1848 as a Mission Station on the farm Backhouse by Rev Isaac Hughes, but in 1867 a group of Europeans from Griquatown received the right to establish a town.
The town of Douglas was born, named after General Sir&nsp;Percy Douglas, Lieutenant Governor of the Cape at the time.
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