South of Springbok, Kamieskroon is set among the granite rock formations of the Kamiesberg range. The town's origins lie in the 1860's, 17km north of its present position. It took the Bowesville (later Bowesdorp), after the district surgeon, Dr Henry Bowe. As there was little room to expand in the narrow kloof the town occupied, the Namaqualand church council decided, in 1924, to rebuild it at Kamieskroon.
Kamies might derive from the Nama word 'kam', meaning two -referring to the twin peaks of the mountain. The 'kroon', a 330m peak crowned with a huge, cleft rock, is a kilometre from the village.
Kamieskroon is one of the most scenic towns in Namaqualand. Three interesting mountain peaks lend character to the town, namely Kardou (south-east of the town), Boesmankop (asleep on his back on the west side) and Sneeukop (north-east of the town), which at a height of 1591 m is the second highest point in Namaqualand.