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South Africa :: Northern Cape (West Coast)
:: Alexander Bay
Category: Places :: Town Medium
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Alexander Bay on the southern bank of the Orange River mouth, is a town in the north-west of South Africa. In 1836 it was named after Sir James Alexander, who was the first person to map the area whilst on a Royal Geographical Society expedition into Namibia.
In 1927, Dr. Hans Merensky, a famous South geologist, discovered diamonds on an ancient marine terrace nearby. Fortune hunters invaded the region and the alluvial diamond diggings were soon declared a state mine, called Alexkor Limited.
The town is served by an airport known as the Alexander Bay Airport. The nearby Orange River mouth, also hosts a wetland of international importance, supporting a huge variety of bird and aquatic species. This area was recently declared a Ramsar Site.
The town of Oranjemund lies on the northern bank of the river, which forms the international border with Namibia.
|Address :||West Coast, South Africa|
|Cellphone Reception :||Good||Main Cellular Network :||MTN. Vodacom|
|Police Station :||Yes||Police Telephone :||+27(0)27 831 8002|
|Hospital :||Yes||Hospital Telephone :||+27(0)27 831 1996|
|Petrol :||Yes||Petrol Type :||Unleaded 95||Petrol Price Index :||11,87ZAR (Aug-2016)|
|Facilities :||Shops, General Dealer, ATM, Lodging, Liquor, Restaurant, Airstrip, Mechanical Repair|
|Other Facilities :||Mine/Quarry.|
24hr Petrol station.
There is a gravel route from Alexander Bay to Springbok, which is heavily corrugated. Since there are very few farmers on the stretch, the mine does not bother to scrape it on a regular basis. This road used to be very well kept at all times.
TYRE PRESSURE/ REPAIR:
One needs to adapt your tyre pressure to the road condition and load, so it might help to blow your tyres down to under 1 bar on a road like this for example. Closest town to get tyre repair is in Port Nolloth which is 95 km away. (May-14).
You will find Lichen hill here - the only hill, protected and covered in Lichen in South Africa. (ie. Symbiosis of 2 organisms, a fungus and algae).
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