The brightly coloured houses of Hondeklip
Bay are spread out across a bleak landscape like diamonds
on the sea floor. Rusbos grows on the sandy plains, its yellow
blossoms competing with the intense sunlight in winter. Strong
wind forces waves to crash onto boulder beaches, their white
crests contrasting starkly with the dark blue sky. Watching
over the town day and night is the Dog Stone, from which the
town derives its name.
Learn more about the living history of Hondeklip
Bay, where the wind howls through the ancient graves of sailors
lost at sea and the shell of the Aristea, shipwrecked in 1945.
See for yourself the sad, long-term impacts the struggling
fishing and mining industries are having upon the socio-economic
environment of Hondeklip Bay, two industries that were once
considered the lifeline of Namaqualand.
Although a coastal town, the nature of the
coast as well as diamond diving and commercial fishing activities
have discouraged swimming and surfing, but the coast is still
ideal for long walks. Elize
and Attie Hough at the Honnehok will take you on 4x4 tours
along the vast and unspoilt coastline. Alternatively you can
obtain a crayfish permit and a marine conservation list at
Springbok or Garies and enjoy collecting your own seafood.
The small fishing village of Hondeklip Bay
is squeezed between the mining areas of Trans Hex and De Beers,
about 180 km south of Port Nolloth. Two roads lead to the
town nestled on the beach, one from Garies or Kamieskroon
past Wallekraal, the other one from Springbok past Koingnaas.
The road from Kleinzee to Hondeklip Bay is still closed for
visitors to the area as it leads through restricted De Beers