Douglas is located in the Northern Cape region of South Africa and lies midway between Kimberley
and Prieska. Douglas is divided in three sections or locations named Bongani, Breipaal and Douglas.
Douglas lies where the Orange and Vaal rivers meet and has plenty of water, resulting in fertile farm
lands, and the town is regarded as an oasis in an otherwise dry, parched and arid region. The town is
a thriving, fast-growing centre surrounded by a wealth of agriculture and stock farming.
The town was founded in 1848 as a mission station on the farm Backhouse, by the Reverend Isaac
Hughes and by 1867 was settled and the town was named after General Sir Robert Percy Douglas,
Lieutenant Governor of the Cape Colony.
Douglas boasts significant historic roots and is home to many quaint little houses established by
years of diamond digging in the area and the missionaries. It also has glacial pavements which date
back 290 million years and a number of rock engravings made from stone tools. You will need
permission from the McGregor Museum in Kimberley to see these which are located 100kms from
Kimberley, making it an obvious stop over on-route to view the Big Hole and other exciting tourist
There is abundant bird life in the area, especially along the Orange River, which forms an oasis
through the arid Northern Cape. Fishing in the Vaal River and the Douglas area is excellent, and the
seven most important fresh water fish are found here. There is a lovely little spot that marks where
the rivers meet, just outside of town, known as Die Neus (the nose). The Douglas Wine Cellar is also
worth a visit.
Douglas offers a wide range of residential properties such as vacant stands, family homes or
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