- QUICK FACTS
GPS: 29 40S 17 53E
Situated on the N7
570 km North of Cape Town
110 km South of Namibian border
Springbok is world renowned as the Namaqualand Flower Capital and a perfect stopover on the main N7 highway between Cape Town and Namibia.
The town lies in a narrow valley beween the high granite domes of the Klein Koperberge which are locally referred to as "klipkoppe".
Originally known as Springbokfontein, after the many antelope that inhabited the region, the name was shorted to Springbok in 1911. Springbok was established in 1862 and developed around a small hillock in the middle of the narrow valley. It became the communications, administrative, educational and commercial centre for the mining of this region.
Due to its perfect location, Springbok serves as the ideal stopver when travelling either Northbound to Namibia or Southbound to Cape Town.
Activies and Attractions, Springbok
- BLUE MINE
Springbok’s first mine, it includes a walking trail offering views of the town from its western outskirts.
- DUTCH REFORMED CHURCH
Built in 1921 a magnificent example of stone masonry. Also known as "Klipkerk"
- GOEGAP NATURE RESERVE
600 Indigenous Flower Species, 45 mammal species and 94 bird species. Including the Hester Malan Wild Flower garden featuring succulents.
Dug in 1685 on Simon van der Stel’s instructions (east of Springbok, at Carolusberg).
- MONUMENT KOPPIE
Town centre. Wrested from the British by Boer forces, commemorates the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902).
- 4 x 4 ROUTES
- NAMAQUALAND MUSEUM
In the old synagogue
- ORBICULE HILL in Concordia just outside of Springbok
- RESERVES (Wild Flowers, hiking trails, 4 x 4 routes)
- SMELTING FURNACES
To the north of Springbok, a national monument, unused since 1871.
- SPINNING & WEAVING
On display at Komaggas, 50km along the Kleinzee road.
- JEWISH SYNAGOGUE
Completed in 1929 and now used as the Namaqualand Museum.
- WAR GRAVES from the Anglo Boer War
On the Kleinzee road dating back to 1860
(Places To See and Things to Do in and Around SPRINGBOK)
(More info on Namaqualand Tours)