The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa


Afrikaans name: Komaggas

Village of Komaggas


Photo © Johan van Zyl

Komaggas is a small settlement approximately 50 km west of the town of Springbok. When travelling to Komaggas from Springbok one goes through Spektakel Pass. “Spektakel” is the Afrikaans word for “spectacle” and apparently refers to a spectacular incident where an ox wagon got out of control on the pass and threw its female occupants all out of the wagon.

Although the town is located near the Komaggas River it is a very dry region. There is however a spring that feeds the town. The population is just over 3,000 people.

The town was founded as a mission station by the London Missionary Society in 1829. The mission station was later taken over by the Rhenish Missionary Society, of Germany, and later by the Dutch Reformed Church.

Today Komaggas is known for the quality of carpets produced. There are still some small diamond mines that operate in the area.

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Restaurant in Komaggas

Photo © Johan van Zyl

References and further reading

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

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 1995 - Page: 351

On Route - Explore South Africa region by region - 3rd edition - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 2014 - Page: 114


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