Paulshoek, in the middle of the Kamiesberge,
is a patchwork of small bushes, sand, rocks, stones, and great
granite domes characteristic of this semi-arid area. The vegetation
of the area is characterised as the so-called 'Namaqualand
Broken Veld' and is comprised mostly of dwarf karroid and
leafy succulent shrubs. From late August until October, brightly
coloured flowers dye the sparsely watered valleys, creating
a paradise for photographers and flower enthusiasts.
Local culture is represented by traditional
cooking, dances and women who show you how to make reed huts,
kappies, and cure animal skin. On request, the local crafts
men will make you a riempie chair on which you can sit listening
to the children's choir or local music.
Guided tours through the mountains will
soon be set up, but the area is also easy to explore on your
hiking or discover the area with your own mountain bike. You
will probably come across people carrying wood back to Paulshoek
on their heads or in donkey carts. A ride on one of the donkey
carts is a lovely way to enjoy the spectacular valleys and
hills around Paulshoek.
Paulshoek is a small settlement in the beautiful
Kamiesberge between Garies and Springbok. It can be reached
by turning off from Garies and taking the Leliefontein road
via the Studer's Pass or from Kamieskroon via Leliefontein
and Witwater. You do not need a 4x4 to reach Paulshoek, but
the access roads are gravel and it is necessary to drive slowly.