- Northern Cape
As far as the rest of the world is concerned, Marydale lies in the middle of nowhere and it is probably most famous for its location near the almost mythical railway village of Putsonderwater – “Well Without Water”. Both may be small but are welcoming villages with distinct Karoo architecture and imposing churches. Marydale’s NG Church, the reason for the existence of the town, still stands today and Connan Street can offer visitors a few “karoo huisies” to admire.
The Karoo offers travellers a place to visit, hunt or hike on game farms and nature reserves packed with every type of antelope! Marydale is a town for those who want a break from it all, it is the perfect place to relax and watch the world go by as nothing much happens in Marydale and there is something attractive about the still and quiet.
Here you can expect real Karoo hospitality and the area offers a few B&B’s, Guesthouses and Game Farms to choose from.
Things to do and see
- Kokkerboom Forest (Quiver Tree)
- Marydale NG Church
- Boegoeberg Dam
- Karoo Gariep Nature Reserve
- Windstead Farm Water Turbine
- Orange River Wine Cellars
Marydale receives approximately 234 mm of rain annually with most of it falling during the summer months. There is very little rainfall during the year.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 16˚C and 35˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 0˚C and 21˚C.
There are daily flights into Upington Airport, approximately 183 Km’s away via the and into the Kimberly Airport approximately 314 km’s away via the R357. Car hire facilities are available at the Airport.
The town of Marydale was laid out in 1909 by the Dutch Reformed Church and was named in honour after the wife of Mr GP Snyman, who sold the church a portion of his farm for its use.
Marydale, although a thriving sheep farming community, at face value seems to be the little town that time forgot!
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