Griquatown is known for its semiprecious stones, tiger's eye and jasper. Griekwastad is situated in the Nortern Cape, between Kimberly and Upington.
It is by far the best crossing point on your tour between the other provinces and the world famous Witsand Nature Reserve, Augrabies, Namibia and Namaqualand.
After the discovery of diamonds at Kimberley, owners of Griquatown district came into further dispute.
The Keate arbitration awarded the area to Waterboer, who immediately sought Crown protection.
Two globally important wars took place on South African soil in the 19th and early 20th centuries: the Anglo Boer War and the Anglo Zulu War.
The closing down of this once flourishing Mission Station tells a sad story.
Visit the Van Rhijn Museum in Van Riebeeck Street for Troe-Troe artifacts and eco-facts and the Latsky Radio Museum in Church Street to view a collection of old valve radios, some dating back to 1924.
The name of the town Troe-Troe was changed to Vanrhynsdorp in 1881 to honour the legendary Van Rhijns for invaluable contributions made as community and church leaders.
Vanrhynsdorp was the location of the Catholic Mission of the Little Flower during the 20th century.
Vanrhynsdorp, situated in the centre of the Nama Karoo, provides a good base from which to explore the West Coast Mission Route as well as the Namaqualand and Karoo Mission Stations. ("Troe Troe") after the area became known through the expeditions made by Pieter van Meerhoff in 1661.