Photos of Africa: Blog

Sep 10, 2008

Northern Cape_Victoria west

town marks the beginning of the Diamond Way lying on the main route from Cape Town to Kimberley. In 1866 diamond fever was sparked with the discovery of the gem Eureka at Hopetown and then at Kimberley. Though Victoria West has suffered a devastating flood 52 people drowned and buried in a mass grave and dustbowl drought it survived. Apollo Theatre is the last remaining art deco theatre in South Africa not only unique for its historic importance but it is also of great architectural importance. Moonlight Hill Koppie Trail runs along the Moonlight Hill and Ribbokplato to the south of Victoria West. Victoria West Museum displays on history archaeology and fossils including those of fossilized fish reminding the visitor that 200 million years ago the karoo was an inland sea.