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Springbok

Capital of Namakwa

 

550km north of Cape Town
Set in a narrow valley bisecting the granite domes of the Klein Koperberge (small copper mountains), Springbok is the capital of Namakwa and the administrative, commercial, farming and industrial centre. Situated close to the intersection of the N7 and N14 national roads the town is 550km from Cape Town, 1 274km from Johannesburg and 113km from Vioolsdrift on the Namibian border. Springbok’s colourful history is closely linked to that of the copper industry and is the site of the first commercial mining operations in the country. The first copper mine was brought into operation in 1852 by the mining concern of Philips and King and was purchased for £750 from the Cloete family (the farm Melkboschkuil) and in 1862 the town of Springbokfontein was laid out. In the late 1870s, rich copper deposits were discovered to the north at Okiep and potential miners flocked to the scene of the new discovery, yet because of the continued supply of drinkable water from the spring of Springbok, the town became a centre for the mining prospectors. Easy access, excellent accommodation and a well-developed commercial infrastructure make Springbok an essential tourist stopover.
 
TOURIST INFORMATION
Springbok’s Regional Tourism Office is situated in the main road which is Voortrekker Street. Tel 027 712 8035/6.
 
ATTRACTIONS
Anglo-Boer War Graves Tel 027 712 8035/6.
Blue Mine on the western outskirts, was Springbok’s original copper mine and the first commercial mine of any type in South Africa. A short walking trail offers good views of the town.
Dutch Reformed Church (or Klipkerk), a national monument, was built in 1921 at an estimated cost of £18 000. Visits can be arranged through the minister.
Tel 027 712 1429.

Springbok snuggles between the surrounding hills© Steve Newbould

Goegap Nature Reserve, 15km southeast of Springbok, comprises indigenous vegetation and includes the Hester Malan Wild Flower Garden. (See pages 6 and 7)

Mineshaft, east of Springbok, at Carolusberg, was dug in 1685 on Simon van der Stel’s instructions.
Monument Koppie A small hillock (koppie) in the centre of town, was wrested
from the British by Boer forces and commemorates the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902).
Namaqualand Museum Tel 027 027 718 8134. Arts & Crafts for sale.
Old Cemetery Outside Springbok on the Kleinzee road lie the war graves and
those of mining pioneers dating to 1860.
Smelting Furnace A short walk to the north of town en route to Okiep and the
oldest of its kind in southern Africa. It is a national monument and has been unused since 1871.
Synagogue Synagogue Street, completed in 1929 and now used as the museum.
 
 The imposing Klipkerk © Steve Newbould
ACCOMMODATION
Annie’s Cottage
GRADING HHHH
Tel/Fax 027 712 1451
Email annie@springbokinfo.com
Web www.springbokinfo.com
Blue Diamond Lodge
GRADING HHHH
Tel 027 718 2624
Fax 027 718 1181
Email bluediamond@worldonline.co.za
Web www.countryroad.co.za
Cat Nap Accommodation
GRADING HHH
Tel/Fax 027 718 1905
Email richtersveld.challen@kingsley.co.za
Daisy Country Lodge and Farm Accommodation
GRADING HHHH
Tel 027 712 3335 Fax 027 712 3337
Email steynj@kingsley.co.za
Web www.daisylodge.co.za 
Desert Rose Guest House
GRADING HHHH
Tel/Fax 027 712 2330 Cell 082 892 4970
Email desertroses@telkomsa.net
Web www.desertroses.co.za
Elkoweru Guest House
GRADING HHH
Tel 027 718 1202 Fax 027 718 1637
Email elkoweru.spk@intekom.co.za
Wed www.elkoweru.co.za
Harmony Estate Guest Lodge
GRADING HHH
Tel 027 718 1779 Fax 027 718 2347
Cell 072 216 7402
Email harmonyestategl@gmail.com
Kleinplasie Guest House and Self-catering Chalets
GRADING HHHH
Tel 027 712 1141 Fax 027 712 1108
Email info@kleinplasie.com
Web www.namaqualand.com/kleinplasie
 
Kokerboom Motel, Caravan Park and Conference Centre
GRADING HH
Tel 027 712 2685 Fax 027 712 2017
Email kokerboom_motel@jcbotha.co.za
Web www.namaqualandflowers.co.za
Masonic Hotel and Lodge
GRADING HHH
Tel 027 712 1505 Fax 027 712 1730
Email masonichotel@jcbotha.co.za
Web www.namaqualandflowers.co.za
Mountain View Guest House
GRADING HHHH
Tel/Fax 027 712 1438/2811
Email mountview@worldonline.co.za
Web www.mountview.co.za
Namaqua Game Lodge
GRADING HHH
Tel 027 718 1268 Fax 027 718 2873
Cell 082 552 3354
Email namgam@isat.co.za
Web www.ngl.co.za
Old Mill Lodge
GRADING HHHH
Tel 027 718 1705 Fax 027 718 1035
Email oldmill@kingsley.co.za
Web www.oldmilllodge.com
Rendez-Vous Overnight Rooms
GRADING HH
Tel 027 712 1328 Fax 027 718 2669
Email: rendezvous.springbok@telkomsa.net
Springbok Caravan Park
GRADING HH
Tel/Fax 027 718 1584
Springbok Hotel andConference Centre
GRADING HH
Tel 027 712 1161 Fax 027 712 1932
Email springbokhotel@jcbotha.co.za
Web www.namaqualandflowers.co.za
Springbok Lodge and Restaurant
GRADING HH AND HHH
Tel 027 712 1321 Fax 027 712 2718
Email sbklodge@intekom.co.za
Web www.springboklodge.com
The Olive Tree Guest House
GRADING HHHH
Tel/Fax 027 718 1808 Cell 083 305 5602
Email info@tot.co.za
Web www.tot.com
Undulata Country Lodge
GRADING HHH
Tel/ Fax 027 712 3732
Email undulatalodge@telkomsa.net
 
TOUR OPERATORS
Fly North Cape
Cell 072 500 6366/076 472 6570
Email flynorthcape@vodamail.co.za
Koperberg Tours and Safaris
Cell 083 873 3390 Fax 086 671 8263
Email koperberg@mweb.co.za
Web www.namaqualand.net
Richtersveld Challenge, 4×4 and Camping Equipment Hire
Tel/Fax 027 718 1905 Cell 083 753 7246
Email: richtersveld.challen@kingsley.co.za
Tata Ma Tata Tours
Tel 054 339 1112
Cell 082 535 8830
Email edsmith2@webmail.co.za
Web www.tatamatata.co.za
RESTAURANTS
Wimpy Springbok
Tel 027 718 3640 Fax 027 718 3641
Cell 082 373 2170/1
Email wimpyspringbok@telkomsa.net
 
NURSERIES
Kokerboom Cell 083 644 6430
Waltons Tel 027 712 2520
Xanadu Tel 027 718 1087