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Formerly known as Aukwatowa (in Nama this means 'where the water took the old man away') and later as Robbe Baai (Seal Bay) the area of Port Nolloth was frequented for centuries by the 'strandlopers' and later the Khoekhoen - the ancestors of the Nama people- who were nomads surviving on a precarious farming existence as well as sea food on the coast. When the white settlers arrived in the area, they mixed with the Khoekhoen and the ancient San and molded the population we see here now.

It was O'Kiep that brought forth copper and jolted the Port into life. Commander Nolloth surveyed this coast in 1854 and discovered that the reef-sheltered but uneasy harbour was adequate for the shipment of copper ore to Europe. Many Cornish people and many others settled here. The old railway, first mule draen and later steam powered, transported the copper to the coast. When other more lucrative transport for the copper was found in the 20th century, the railway closed down. It would have been difficult to survive on fishing alone, but strangely in this time fortune touched the misty coast. Perfect diamonds were discovered 6 miles south of Port Nolloth in 1925 and the village came to life once more, buzzing with popularity and high fever. In the 1960's it was discovered that this was the only coast in the world where gem quality diamonds could be dredged from the bottom of the sea by remote deep sea operations or by hardy divers. Sometimes many diamonds are found (a jackpot!) and sometimes few or none at all. Boats have come and gone and fortunes have been made and lost...

Initiatives in more sustainable development have now begun and we are beginning to take note of our spectacular biodiversity - the Richtersveld was declared a World Heritage site in 2007.

 

 


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Port Nolloth

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Port Nolloth

 

A few snapshots of the town, beach and harbour areas of Port Nolloth.

 
Port Nolloth Harbour Port Nolloth Harbour - Diamond boats Port Nolloth Beach front

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Port Nolloth Museum Centre

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The Port Nolloth Museum Centre actually consists of two small but well done museum sites. The Port Nolloth Museum is dedicated to the history of Port Nolloth and the culture in the area. It includes exhibits on the Khoekhoen, town history, diamond diving and shipwrecks. The Port Nolloth Biodiversity Centre focuses on the rich and special biodiversity of the two contrasting environments: the Atlantic Ocean and the desert-like areas of the coastal dunes and the Richtersveld. Live exhibits of small marin creatures, reptiles and invertebrates are combined with museum displays. Both museum sites are also suitable for the younger generation. Local arts and crafts can be purchased in the museum shops.

 


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Birding

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Birding

 

Port Nolloth is a good place for birding and more than 80 species have been recorded including many endemics. Highlights for birders are Bank Cormorant, Cape Cormorant, Crowned Cormorant, African Black Oystercatcher, Hartlaubs Gull, Damara tern, three species of sunbirds and Barlow's Lark, Whinubel, Grey Plover, Nagreier, Sacred Ibis, King fisher, Copper geese, Arctic terns, Antarctic terns and Swift terns.

 
       
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Recently a flock of around 50 flamingoes made the Port Nolloth area their new home. They can be spotted lazing in the bay area and are already quite used to the human attention they are attracting.

 


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Port Nolloth is a good place for birding and more than 80 species have been recorded including many endemics. Highlights for birders are Bank Cormorant, Cape Cormorant, Crowned Cormorant, African Black Oystercatcher, Hartlaubs Gull, Damara tern, three species of sunbirds and Barlow's Lark.

 



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