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Located in 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.

Contact [ correction ]
Address : West Coast, South Africa
Cellphone Reception : Good Main Cellular Network : MTN. Vodacom

Directions [ correction ]

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Destination Information [ correction ]
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

Facilities [ correction ]
Other Facilities : Mine/Quarry.

Activities [ correction ]

Travelling Information

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.

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).

 Travel Tip!

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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