Distance: 570 kilometers
Time: 5 hours 30 minutes
Garies is the first Northern Cape town you encounter and is noted for its display of spring flowers, as is Kamieskroon 67km south of Springbok. The nearby Paulshoek community offer a fascinating cultural experience in matjeshutte (reed huts) together with traditional cuisine. Springbok, notable for its kokerboom trees, is the hub of Namaqualand and the Info Office is a mine of information during the busy ‘flower season' (July/September). It is also a perfect stopover to the Richtersveld National Park - one of the world's most awesome yet fragile ecosystems – to be accessed only by seriously self-reliant, fully equipped, 4X4 travellers! The Vioolsdrif borderpost with Namibia is 115km north of Springbok.
42km north of Springbok on the N7 is a turn-off to Port Nolloth where crayfish and rock lobster are almost always on the menu. This is also the only access point to the ‘diamond' town of Alexander Bay. Suggested stop or stretch towns on the N7: Melkbosstrand, Yzerfontein, Langebaan, Saldanha, St Helena Bay, Ceres, Lambert's Bay, Vanrhynsdorp, Springbok and Port Nolloth 85km off N7