Gateway to the Green Kalahari
Groblershoop is the gateway to the green Kalahari, picture a land of contrast, arid undulating hills pierced by the Orange River Valley and in turn creating an amazing green strip right through which supports its surroundings. The area is well-known for its successful farming and wine production – the cellar just outside the town is one of five of the Oranjerivier Wine Cellars, the largest co-operative cellars in Africa and the second largest in the world!
Both people and the ancient donkey has left its mark on Grobershoop area. By appointment only, visitors can view some interesting footprints situated on private land – just 30 km outside of town in the beautiful Esel mountains is a natural ravine, the water hole in the ravine fills up during the rainy season and this cycle has produced mysterious footprints in the rock below the water hole. It seems an animal, a donkey, left its footprint in the mud which then became fossilized rendering the donkey’s path visible until today.
Construction of the Boegoeburg Dam, the third largest in the Orange River, formed part of an economic development plan. It also is a huge drawcard to the area and the resort at this huge expanse of water is like a green oasis in the desert and is a popular hotspot for camping and angling.
Accommodation in the vicinity includes Guest Farms, self-catering and camping facilities.
Things to do and see
- Witsand Mountain Bike Trails
- Orange River Wine Route
- Oranjerivier Wine Cellar
- Boegoeberg Dam
- Winstead farm War Graves
- Eselkloupan Fossilised Spoor, by appointment only
Groblershoop receives approximately 108 mm of rain per year with most of its annual rainfall during summer.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 17˚C and 33˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 2˚C and 18˚C.
There are the occasional domestic flights into Upington Airport approximately 117 km away via the N10 and into Kimberley Airport approximately 297 km away via the N8. Car hire facilities are available at all Airports.
Groblershoop was founded in 1914 on the farm Sternham. It was renamed and founded as Groblershoop in 1936 and named after the then Minister of Agriculture Piet Grobler.
The region became more developed after the construction of the Boegoeberg Dam.
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