|Veels Geluk Vonnyl|
|Written by Craig Heath|
|Friday, 20 May 2011 05:24|
The small town of Port Nolloth including McDougall's Bay was our final stop before heading north towards Alexander bay and the mighty Richtersveld. Established as a small-vessel harbour and railway junction in 1854 for the copper-mining industry, Port Nolloth’s narrow, shallow entrance makes it unsuitable for ore carriers. It is, instead, a centre for the small-scale diamond recovery and crayfishing industries, and the only resort on the Diamond Coast.
After several days of camping food we were looking forward to some fresh seafood, after all we were on a coastal town but to our surprise every restaurant was out of stock and not because of a sell out but rather the truck from Cape Town hadn't arrived!! We couldn't believe it, the restaurant owner said the only fish they bought locally was Snoek from time to time. We had lunch and decided to explore the town's coast line.
After meeting with some of the locals they said most of the fishing factories had closed down over the years and jobs were few. Tourism been the remaining mayor source of income, I wondered for how long this town could sustain itself especially if the Mining activity up the coast slows.
The Atlantic was cold as always and the coast line rugged with many birds and sea creatures enjoying the warm sunshine. I can only hope that more tourists will make there way to Port Nolloth including McDougall's Bay to support the locals before heading to the Richtersveld.....
As the locals put it ' Veels Geluk Vonnyl '
|Last Updated on Friday, 20 May 2011 07:35|