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Kleinplasie: prefered self-catering ( self contained ) accommodation in Springbok

Kokerboom Motel: In a rural setting just a few kilometers from Springbok
Masonic Hotel: The luxurious choice in Springbok
The Springbok Hotel: central in Springbok


Springbok is a quaint little town in the centre of the Namaqualand, South Africa, and is surrounded by beautiful rugged mountains. Although the surrounding veld looks bare, in springtime it explodes with intense colour when the wild flowers start to bloom. This is one time during the year when you should definitely pay a visit to the Namaqualand!

Springbok owes its existence to the discovery of copper in 1850, but by 1888 the copper reserve was worked out. Yet Springbok remained as the commercial and cultural hub of the Namaqualand and is now home to more or less 15 000 people.

The town has a rich and varied history and this can be seen in sites such as the many examples of San rock art of the ancient inhabitants to the Monument Koppie (where the Boer forces gained control of the British during the Anglo-Boer War).

Apart from the spectacular spring wild Namaqualand flowers, there are many attractions in and around Springbok. The Orbicule Hill to the northeast contains orbicular diorite, a rock previously only found in Scandanavia. An old mineshaft dating from 1685 and dug on instruction of Simon van der Stel, as well as a smelting furnace, not used since 1871, bear rich testimony to the abundance of minerals in the area.

Of course, the Namaqualand is synonymous with flowers, and the best place to see them is the Skilpad Wildflower Nature Reserve. The Augrabies Waterfall, the West Coast with its untamed sea, as well as the Richtersveld National Park with its stunning panoramas are all less than 1,5 hours away. The Namakwa 4x4 route starts at the well-known Pella Mission Station (visit Pella for their delicious dates) and there are many hiking trails for the energetic.

Springbok offers accommodation to suit all pockets and tastes. The Masonic Hotel and the Springbok Hotel offer comfortable accommodation and if you are looking for self-catering accommodation, Kleinplasie is an excellent choice.