Geography and History
Kenhardt is a small town in the Northern Cape province of South Africa. Kenhardt is situated about 120 km from Upington, the largest town in the area.
Kenhardt was founded in 1868 and became a municipality in 1909. The Kenhardt landscape, although arid, is characterised by a luscious green belt fed by the Hartbees River and by irrigation water from the Rooiberg Dam. This arid land boasts a fascination of its own with the dull brown sand being broken only by black dolerite boulders.Kenhardt is at the heart of the Dorper sheep-farming area.
Giant Camelthorn Tree - About 500-600 years old, it is the tree under which Magistrate Jackson set up his camp.
Old Library Building - Built in 1897, it was used until 1977 and declared a national monument in 1978.
Quiver Tree Forest and Hiking Trail - About 8km south of Kenhardt on the main route to Cape Town. The forest comprises 4 000-5 000 kokerbome. The Kokerboom Hiking Trail leads through the forest.
San Trail - An exclusive guided tour through several hills where San engravings occur, making you walk the trail of the San.
Verneukpan - A vast dry pan on which Sir Malcolm Campbell tried, in Bluebird 1, to set a new world land-speed record in 1929. It is an ideal hotspot for parasailing enthusiasts.
Accommodation in Kenhardt includes a hotel, B&B's, Guesthouses and guest farms.
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