West coast of the Northern Cape in South Africa. On the border with Namibia in a region known simply as Little Namaqualand.
There is nothing more northerly than this seaside town that lies on the mouth of the Mighty Orange River.
Alexander Bay has something of an illustrious history. It was in the thick of the ‘diamond rush’ that gripped this part of the coast after diamonds were discovered here in 1925. Up until recently the town was invisible to the intrepid traveller prepared to head this far north en route to Namibia; closed to visitors and a high-risk area because of the diamonds, bar those with a permit.