The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa


Afrikaans name: Pofadder


Pofadder town

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Northern Cape

The town of Pofadder was founded in 1875 at the site of a perennial spring.

It is reportedly named after Klaas Pofadder who was a Korana chief and had his headquarters in the town. He was shot by local farmers after being accused of rustling cattle. Some say that the town is named after the Pofadder snake which is common in the area.

Pofadder is a small town and is situated in a dry and sparsely populated area.

Pofadder weather


Dutch Reformed Church, Pofadder

Above - Dutch Reformed Church (1922)

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Pofadder area

Above - Pofadder is situated in an arid part of South Africa

Photo © Johan van Zyl

References and further reading

Things ewe never knewe about South African place names - Author: Ann Gadd - Published: 2015 - Page: 178

The Pictorial Motoring Atlas of South Africa - Author: Maxwell Leigh - Published: 1987 - Page: 13

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1991 - Page: 281

Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Published: 1986 - Page: 185

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 1995 - Page: 341

Essential Birding: Western South Africa - Author: Callan Cohen and Claire Spottiswoode - Published: 2000 - Page: 92

Conollys Guide to Southern Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Denis Conolly - Published: 1982 - Page: 351


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