Travel guide to Keimoes, Lower Orange
Keimoes is often described as a lost piece of the Boland. Although the lush green vineyards and orchards that surround this town may remind visitors of the wine and fruit-producing valleys of the Western Cape, Keimoes is situated miles away, on the banks of the Orange River. A striking oasis in the otherwise arid Northern Cape, it produces grapes, lucerne, wheat and fruit, but is probably best known for the sultanas that farmers spread out to dry, allowing the desert-sun to turn them into raisons. Tourists might enjoy wine tastings and cellar tours as well as a visit to the antique watermill that is still hard at work in the irrigation channel next to the main road. Just outside of town and en route to the Augrabies Falls National Park, travellers will also find the Tierberg Nature Reserve, which promises breathtaking views of Keimoes as well as herds of springbuck and colonies of aloes that flower in winter.