The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa


Afrikaans name: Noupoort

Main street of Noupoort


Photo © Johan van Zyl

Northern Cape

In 1884 a railway station was opened on the farm Hartbeeshoek owned by Barend Kruger. Initially the station was named Naauwpoort but the name was changed to Noupoort some 80 years later. The name "Noupoort" is Afrikaans for "narrow pass."

The railway was the main point of Noupoort's existence up until 1992 when the Noupoort Christian Care Centre was opened. Pastor Sophos Nissiotis was the man behind this project to establish a rehabilitation centre for drugs and alcohol.

Today the rehabilitation centre provides jobs for the town residents. The railway was the lifeblood of the town for many years but that has steadily declined. Today old railway buildings, sheds and structures remain as derelict reminders of better days in Noupoort.

Been to Noupoort? What's it like?

British built blockhouse

British Block House

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Noupoort Anglican church

St Agnes Anglican Church (1901)

Photo © Johan van Zyl

References and further reading

The Pictorial Motoring Atlas of South Africa - Author: Maxwell Leigh - Published: 1987 - Page: 51

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1991 - Page: 235

Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Published: 1986 - Page: 148

Conollys Guide to Southern Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Denis Conolly - Published: 1982 - Page: 129

Country Life - Issue 279 - Author: - Published: 2019 - Page: 45

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 1995 - Page: 310

On Route - Explore South Africa region by region - 3rd edition - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 2014 - Page: 157


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