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Port Nolloth is at the heart of coastal diamond mining and lies on the west coast. It is the ideal stop over en-route to the Richtersveld and Orange River.

Now many of the old diamond boats lie unused with their suction pipes floating out on the water surface like long tentacles behind them and the dwellings where the diamond divers lived are abandoned but still provide excellent photo opportunities.

Out on a small rocky island, near the entrance channel to the harbor, flocks of White-Breasted, Bank, Crowned and Cape Cormorants roost. On the white beaches pairs of African Black Oystercatcher and White-Fronted Plover scuttle backwards and forwards avoiding beach goers. 



Best Time to Photograph
The front row of diamond diver houses along the coastline and next to the harbour are best photographed late in afternoon light while the coastline and boats can be photographed in either morning or afternoon light.
Type of Photography
  • Birds
  • Fishing Harbor
  • Boats
Best Time of Year
Throughout the year
Photographic Tips
When photographing people always be sure to ask permission first. The harbor provides many opportunities for photographing interesting interactions between diamond divers and fishers and the diving boats and passing vessels are also excellent photographic subjects.
Recommended Gear
Mid-range zoom lenses are best for walking through the harbor area, while long telephoto lenses are needed for the photographing of the seabirds.


Site Highlights
Fishing Harbour, Diamond Diver houses


Season and Weather
Port Nolloth is extremely hot in the summer months with winters being mild. Cold sea breezes and coastal fog can also occur at any time of the year.
Other Activities
  • Bird Watching
  • Fishing
  • Beach activities


Closest Town
Getting There
Port Nolloth is accessed by travelling north on the N7 and then heading westwards to the coast at Steinkopf.
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Peter Chadwick
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As a dedicated conservationist, Peter Chadwick has 30 years strategic and operational conservation experience in terrestrial and marine protected area management. He has worked within all of the major biomes in southern Africa as well as having provided expert conservation advice at a global level. His conservation and wildlife photography is a natural extension to his conservation work where he has numerous opportunities to capture photographs that showcase the beauty and complexity of the outdoors. Peter’s photography is internationally recognized, with this work appearing globally in a wide range of print and electronic media.