As the last major town before South Africa’s border, Springbok holds the reputation of being the perfect stopover en route to Namibia. Yet the town exceeds this modest status, as the harsh rock-strewn hills of the valley in which Springbok sits are not always as barren as they appear. When spring comes, it brings with it a carpet of wildflowers transforming the town into the colourful flower capital of Namaqualand.
The town is shaped around a central hill, locally known as klipkoppie, which was used as a fort by the Boers during the Second Boer War. Today it is a popular site with visitors, offering an incredible view over the city. A former synagogue in town is home to the Namaqualand Museum and showcases the history of Namaqualand and Springbok. Scattered around town are reminders of its mining past including the smelter chimney standing proudly in the middle of town.
As the only large town in the area, Springbok is the ideal base from which to explore the surrounding Namaqualand. Kick off a flower excursion at the nearby nature reserves which feature a kaleidoscope of colourful flower gardens teeming with birds. Further, afield, the Namibian border awaits as a horizon for visitors ready to traverse its majestic landscape.
- The perfect stopover en route to Namibia
- Spring brings with it a stunning flower display which brightens up the arid surroundings
- The central hill in town was used as a fort by the Boers during the Second Boer War and offers striking views over the city
- The Namaqualand Museum showcases the rich histories of Namaqualand and Springbok
- The ideal base from which to explore Namaqualand
- The nearby nature reserves feature beautiful flower gardens