Kamiesberg is one of South Africa’s great mountain ranges. It is well over 100 kilometers long and includes mountain peaks reaching approximately 1500 meters above sea-level. At this altitude, snow is a common winter sight even though these Namaqualand mountains are surrounded by a vast semi-desert region, the Succulent Karoo. Floriferous Namaqualand, home to the Kamiesberg or Kamiesberge, is also the native home of the Khoi San people who originally named this mountainous area "Tjamies", pronounced "Tchamies", which means "a jumble [of rocks]". The Khoi San are, in addition, the originators of the only known Southern African botanical aphrodisiac, locally known as Kukumakranka -- or Gethyllis, scientifically.
Kamiesberg is heavily and spectacularly dotted with unusual granite rocks and boulders. This otherworldly appearance, almost moonscape like, attracts many natural-world researchers and photographers. The region is one of 25 global biodiversity hotspots and has large protected areas by national parks as well as some private conservation efforts. It is predominantly the proliferation of unusual plant species such as Gethyllis (a traditional aphrodisiac) that makes the region a floral scientific hotspot. This Namaqua Khoi San area of South Africa is also popular with many natural world scientists as the mountain range boasts an exciting array of animal, arachnids, insect- and bird-life.
Kamiesberg used to be the eponymous name of the little mountain village nestled in the foothills. The village is now known as Kamieskroon, "Kamies Crown", which evokes the shape of the mountain tops surrounding the village. The peaks are commonly referred to as "Bushmen Head" and "Snow Head". Temperatures during the hot, dry summer months can reach around 40 centigrade whilst the brief winter rain- and snow-fall season plummets temperatures to below freezing. The town of Kamieskroon was originally established because it never ceased to provide fresh spring water even during drought years. Today, apart from one or two stone-built reservoirs, there is unfortunately little remaining that relays this part of the local town history. Currently, the village has filling stations, grocery and bottle stores, a post office, accommodation for tourists, and camping facilities. There are numerous activities for tourists listed on Kamiesberg 101, apart from photographing and researching flowers which is the most popular activity by sightseers and researchers.
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