The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Springbok - a town serving farms and mines

Afrikaans name: Springbok (dorp)

Springbok main street

Springbok main street

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Northern Cape

Springbok is the largest of the towns in Namaqualand. In 1852 the land was bought for the establishment of a copper mine and in 1862 the town was founded. In its early years it was called Springbokfontein.

The town is surrounded by low hills, the most well-known of which is Klipkoppie which was used as a defensive position by the Boers in the Second Boer War.

Springbok still serves mines and farms in the area and also attracts some tourists. The old mining town of Nababeep is 20 km away and is a popular stop for wild-flower tours in Spring.

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Masonic Hotel

Masonic Hotel

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Springbok old sending pastorie

The old sending pastorie

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Springbok Hotel

Springbok Hotel

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Dutch Reformed Church, Springbok

Dutch Reformed Church (1921) - Springbok

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Anglican Church - Springbok

Anglican Church - Springbok

Photo © Johan van Zyl

References and further reading

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1991 - Page: 282

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

Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Published: 1986 - Page: 168

On Route - Explore South Africa region by region - 3rd edition - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 2014 - Page: 110

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 1995 - Page: 347

Journey Through the Living Deserts of South Africa - Author: CM Dean - Published: 2005 - Page: 77

Country Life - Issue 265 - Author: - Published: 2018 - Page: 82

Essential Birding: Western South Africa - Author: Callan Cohen and Claire Spottiswoode - Published: 2000 - Page: 102

go! - Issue 085 - Author: - Published: 2013 - Page: 54

go! - Issue 086 - Author: - Published: 2013 - Page: 72

Guide to Sieges of South Africa - Author: Nicki von der Heyde - Published: 2017 - Page: 202

Journey Through the Living Deserts of South Africa - Author: CM Dean - Published: 2005 - Page: 73

Book of the Road - 4th edition - Author: MapStudio - Published: 2019 - Page: 146

Conollys Guide to Southern Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Denis Conolly - Published: 1982 - Page: 354

Country Life - Issue 224 - Author: - Published: 2015 - Page: 29

Country Life - Issue 265 - Author: - Published: 2018 - Page: 81


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