[6] Douglas

30km – South of Cambell on the R385 and 107km South-West from Kimberley on the R357


on route from Kimberley

Reverend Isaac Hughes founded the town in 1848 as a mission station on the farm called Backhouse. A group of Europeans from Griquatown signed an agreement in 1867 to establish a town. The town was named after General Sir Percy Douglas. He was the Lieutenant Govenor of the Cape Colony.

A few km out of town

A few km out of town

Douglas lies near the confluence of the Orange and the Vaal Rivers. The town is fast growing and surrounded by agriculture & stock farming ventures, fed by South Africa’s two greatest rivers. Today this area is well known for wheat, lucerne, potatoes, cotton, vegetables and fruit.

shopping centre

shopping center


  • Driekopseiland – rock engravings spread over a large area
  • Douglas Wine Cellar – established in 1968
  • Die Neus – a scenic spot 14km from town
  • Fresh water fishing on the Vaal River and river rafting on the Orange river are very popular