diamonds were discovered along the West Coast in 1925, Alexander Bay was known
for its mining activities. The resulting "diamond rush" led to the Diamond
Coast rebellion of 1928. At the mouth of the Orange River, the town is no
longer a high-security area and no permits are needed. The town takes its name
from Sir James Alexander, who shipped copper ore he mined at Kodas in the
Richtersveld in barges down the Orange River for export from this bay.
Activities and Attractions:
Alluvial Diamond Mine
and Museum Tours ALEXKOR LTD conducts tours on Thursdays at 08h00. Booking is
essential. Tel: (027) 831 1330.
Diamond Mine Tours Bookings for mine tours
must be made. Tel: (027) 831 1330.
Nama Culture To be experienced at the
four communities of the Richtersveld, namely Eksteenfontein; Sanddrift,
situated on the banks of the mighty Gariep (Orange River) offering good
angling opportunities; Khubus, housing a museum; and Lekkersing.
River Estuary A RAMSAR-site, renowned for its prolific birdlife.
Largest Desert Lichen-field With 26 species, the lichen-field lies atop a hill
east of the town.