Afrikaans name: Norvalspont
In 1835 Petrus Brits started farming in the area now known as Norvalspont. He later sold the farm to John Norval who, along with his two brothers, made combs using the shells of the many tortoises in the area. They also raised sheep on the farm. The next business idea was to run a ferry across the Orange River.
Norvalspont was the site of a large concentration camp during the Second Boer War and there is a memorial in the town town to honour those who died in the camp. The town itself proved to be very strategic during this war with a bridge over the Orange River having been constructed in 1889.
Hotel in Norvalspont
Remains of the station
References and further readingThe Pictorial Motoring Atlas of South Africa - Author: Maxwell Leigh - Published: 1987 - Page: 58
On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 1995 - Page: 274
Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1991 - Page: 227