Garies is a small agricultural village, conveniently situated along the N7 as a stop-over, all though not quiet halfway, between Cape Town and Namabia. A few other towns of interest are found in the area, namely Springbok, Kamieskroon and Hondeklip Bay.
The town consists of one long street with a Church and a few houses and shops that are built on the banks of the stream, it is often referred to as a town in the middle of nowhere and the average person would be forgiven for driving straight through Garies. However, it lies in the heart of Namaqualand and is a wonderfully peaceful base from which to explore the spring flowers and the Succulent Karoo Knowledge Centre a little further north in Kamieskroon.
Garies is known for its outdoor activities and visitors come to hike, 4x4 and mountain bike their way through the beautiful landscape of the Northern Cape. It has been rumoured that if you can’t stay a night or two, the town is still worth a day visit even it is just to shop for some homemade goodies at the Garies Tourist Stall.
Accommodation in Garies includes B&B’s, Guesthouses, Farm Stays, Self-catering and camping.
Places to Visit
Things to do and see
- Skilpad Wildflower Reserve
- Namaqualand Flower Trail Run
- Rooiberg Hiking Trail
- Garies Toeristestal (shopping)
Garies receives approximately 113 mm of rain annually with the majority of its rainfall occurring during the winter months.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 15˚C and 33˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 3˚C and 18˚C.
There are daily flights into Cape Town International Airport. Garies is approximately 445 km away along the N7. Car hire facilities are available at the Airport.
The town of Garies came to be in 1845 when the land on which it now stands was given to the Dutch Reformed Church by the owner of the farm known as Goedverwagting. At one time the town was unofficially named Genisdal in honour of Evert Genis, a school teacher of a century ago, but the name never lasted.
The towns present name, a Khoisan word means “couch-grass” and was derived from the river flowing past it. The name was given by the former Cape Premier Mr John X Merriman. Today the small town receives a flood of visitors during the flower season and for during this time, the tourist hall of the town stocks up on everything a visitor might need or want to buy.
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