Geography and History
Mier is situated 280 km from Upington, adjacent to one of the world’s largest conservation areas, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, is a municipality bigger than the Free State Province. The municipal area of Mier includes the communities of Rietfontein, Philandersbron, Loubos, Klein Mier, Groot Mier, Welkom, Askham and Noenieput.
One of the world’s ancient tribes, the !Khomani San, own farms in the Mier area. Members of the !Khomani San produce and sell authentic San weapons like bow and arrow and curios like beads made out of the shell of ostrich eggs or bags made out of animal skins.
Mier is any hunter’s dream. The Mier municipality owns 30 000ha of game farms. These and other, privately owned game farms offer hunting opportunities and provide facilities for biltong making. The services of trained hunting guides, field guides and tour guides can be obtained through the municipal offices.
Mier offers many routes for 4x4 enthusiasts. A 4x4 route stretches from Rietfontein to Pulai, while the red sands of the Mier town common are tempting.
Various species of raptors can be seen nesting in the giant camel thorn trees. The white backed vulture is the most impressive of these. These animals can strip a 50kg carcass within 3min.
At Rietfontein, situated 3km from the Namibian border, diamonds were mined years ago. The fountain also boasts rich bird life.
Other activities in the Mier area include trips on camel back, donkey cart tours, Sand surfing, tours to the Lost City of the Kalahari.
Accommodation in and around Mier include Guest Lodges, Game farms, Guest Houses and camping.
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