Diamonds 'n Daisies

Accommodation in the gem of the Northern Cape

Kleinzee Self Catering Holiday Home

Your comfort zone, away from home

Oyster Farm

Oyster Farm
Oyster Farm
  Kleinzee's dam is being used to grow oysters for export and some of the locals are employed at the abalone aquaculture project, farming abalone in giant tanks. They already produce 100 tons a year. In a mined-out area near the beach, Quiryn Snethlage, a former diamond diver, is quietly farming oysters, turning empty pits into ponds and using old mine pumps to circulate the sea water. A third of the oysters that reach the restaurants of Cape Town spend their infancy at this modest enterprise in Kleinzee. “Namaqualand is perfect for mariculture,” Snethlage says, “sun to grow algae and strong winds to oxygenate the ponds.”