DISTANCE SPRINGBOK TO NABABEEP: 25 km
Just north of Springbok lies Nababeep, a town rich in copper deposits. Its name is derived from two original Nama words, naba meaning "hump of an animal" and bib meaning "small spring".
Mining began in the 1850's and from 1876 ore was transporteed to Port Nolloth by train for export purposes.
Mining activities shut down during the copper slump of 1919 and reopened again in 1937.
Activies and Attractions
- THE MINING MUSEUM
The Mining Museum charts the copper boom and houses several historical artifacts.
A narrow-gauge steam locomotive used to rail copper ore to Port Nolloth is on display.
- SPRING FLOWERS
During the springtime the magnificent display of spring flowers is spectacular to say the least. The entire town is ablaze with orange and yellow masses of spring flowers. One is unable to step anywhere without stepping onto this profusion of natures' annual bountry.