Douglas is an agricultural and stock farming town situated near the confluence of the Orange and Vaal Rivers. Notably the rural town has a diverse population, with mostly state institutions and the anchor private employer, GWK, an agricultural company.
Douglas lies about 100km southwest of Kimberley, the capital of the Northern Cape. The town was founded in 1848 as a mission station on the farm Backhouse by the Reverend Isaac Hughes. In 1867, a group of Europeans from Griquatown signed an agreement giving them the right to establish a town. The town was named after General Sir Percy Douglas, Lieutenant Governor of the Cape Colony.
Attractions in Douglas include:
– A scenic spot 14km from town, Die Neus is on the confluence of the Orange and Vaal Rivers.
– Douglas Wine Cellar. Established in 1968, the cellar produces a wide variety of table and dessert wines. Visitors are welcome.
– Driekopseiland. Some 3 000 rock engravings and petroglyphs spread over a large area of glacial pavement in the Riet River bed. Some portray animals, but most are abstract or entoptic designs relating to San religious experience.
– Excellent freshwater fishing on the Vaal and river rafting on the Orange River.
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