Askham is a village about 200 km north of Upington at the junction of the R31 and the R360 roads. Askham lies not far from the confluence of the mostly dry Molopo and Kuruman Rivers in the Red Kalahari Desert,
The village is located in the belt of the irrigated green land that surrounds the Orange river. It flows North-West through the Kalahari toward the Namibian border and the Richtersveld area of Namaqualand.
The village of Askham is the starting point of the Kalahari Red Dune. The Route is home to the ancient tribes Khoi and San. Their descendants can be found today producing and selling authentic handicrafts such as bow and arrows, beads made out of ostrich egg shells and animal skin bags.
The San Info Centre is located in Askham and constitutes the western point of the Footprints of the San Route, connecting the San community in Kimberley to the small community in Andriesville. Made of wooden buildings, the tourism information centre also offers San cultural tours and guided walks with San trackers.
The Kalahari Desert festival is located at the //Uruke bush camp on the farm Witdraai, just outside Askham. The first Festival happened in March 2013 and is now an annual event at the Northern Cape festivals calendar.
Local guides from the Askham village host guests with storytelling sessions, gathering medicinal plants and teaching traditional skills such as archery and arts and crafts. The festival celebrates the indigenous cultures of the Kalahari communities in Southern Africa.
Askham provides activities such as dune boarding, guided walks, game drives and bird exhibitions.
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