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          Mier Area, Askham

including Andriesvale & Noeniput

Location: 200km north of Upington on the R360 enroute to the Kgalagadi Park (further 75km).

 A pristine southern Kalahari wilderness area with dunes averaging 35m in height - breathtaking scenery you’ll never forget. The municipal area of Mier includes the communities of Rietfontein, Philandersbron, Loubos, Klein Mier, Groot Mier, Welkom, Askham and Noenieput. 

This is the land of one of the world’s ancient tribes, the !Khomani San. They produce and sell authentic curios like bow and arrows, beads made out of the ostrich egg shells and animal skin bags. The Askham community developed around the school which was built in 1931, and the Dutch Reformed Church that serves the whole Kalahari. 

The Scottish land surveyor, Rodger Jackson, gave Askham its name when he surveyed farms in the Kuruman river in 1919. Some say that Jackson named Askham after a town on the Irish coast, others say he took the name from a farmer’s words: “Ask him”, or from the message he sent to request ingredients for his breakfast: “Ask ham”!

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Accommodation  Mier Area, Askham

Explore Mier Area, Askham

4x4 Trail on Pulai farm 

call 054 531 0928

Kalahari 4x4 Trail (250km)

This tough trail can be done in two to three days. A thatch and a reed hut complete with flush toilet, running water and bar. Sleeps 8 people. 

Call 054 338 0375.

Loch Maree

The largest unworked saltpan in the world  (twenty-four kilometres in circumference). 

At the far side of Noeniput 

Tel 054 902 ask for 913330.