The Diamond Coast

Shipwrecks, diamonds and romance

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Winding along the coast of the Northern Cape Province, you’ll find a place adventurers and fortune hunters throughout history have called home. And while you may not find your fortune here, you’ll definitely be romanced by its beauty and peacefulness.

Wild and rugged, the Diamond Coast can be found on the far north-western coast from Port Nolloth to the mouth of the Orange River. Situated in Namaqualand, it’s renowned for its rich plant life – especially in Spring when thousands of blooming flowers cover the landscape in a sea of colour.  

Along the way you will find charming locations like Alexander Bay, a previously restricted diamond mining area, which can now be visited on organised tours. Or, if the dramatic shipwrecks along the Northern Cape coastline are more your thing, organised tours and hikes can be arranged for this as well, with a 4x4 trip through the coastal dunes forming part of the shipwreck trail.

If you’re feeling brave dare yourself to go for a dip in the very cold ocean. Or skip this step and move on to the small town of Port Nolloth where you can stay in a wide range of accommodation while you explore the Diamond Coast on foot – perhaps on a five-day hiking trail.

How to get here

From Cape Town, drive up the N7, turning off at the R382 for both Port Nolloth and Alexander Bay. Cape Town to Alexander Bay is 790kms.

How to get around

Self drive. Sedan vehicles will get you most places but a 4x4 will enhance your adventure.


The Diamond coast offers all kinds of accommodation. Hotels, resorts, game and safari lodges, bush camps, bed and breakfasts, guesthouses, backpackers and self-catering facilities are available.

What to eat

Seafood, seafood and more seafood. This coast offers a seafood banquet. For non-seafood eaters there are plenty of other options.

Best time to Visit

Spring, from August to September, for the spectacle of blooming Namaqualand spring flowers.

Lenght of Stay

At least one week.

This piece of coastline is definitely off the beaten track, a perfect opportunity to rekindle a romance – be it with your partner or simply with nature.

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