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Overview of the city

Springbok is a town in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. It is the biggest city in the region and business centre of the Namaqualand.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

From Cape Town follow the N7 northwards for approximately 562 km, about 7 hours driving time. The border to Namibia is another 100 km along the N7 from here. The N14, which crosses the whole Northern Cape crosses the N7 just outside Springbok and offers connections to Upington and Gauteng.

By plane[edit]

Springbok airport is 5 km outside the town. Flights to Cape Town are available from here.

By bus[edit]

Intercape buses stop in front of the Springbok Lodge. They offer four weekly connections to Cape Town and Pretoria.

By taxi[edit]

VIP Taxis, ph: +27 27 851-8780 can bring you to Port Nolloth, Upington and Kimberley. Taxis leave Upington at 8AM daily except Saturday and Sunday, the fare is R140 (June 2008).

Get around[edit]

The town of Springbok is nestled in a valley totally surrounded by hills. It is not very big and its attractions can easily be reached by foot.


Dutch Reformed Church
  • City's museum
  • Blue mine - the first commercial copper mine of South Africa, which started operations in 1852. Mining for diamonds and other gems started in recent times.


Start your tour through Springbok in the city centre, which is situated around a hill called Klipkoppie. Here was an English fortress, burned down during the Anglo-Boer war by a troop of general Jan Smuts. After a short walk along Monument Street, you will reach the museum in an old synagogue. A bit further on is the entrance to the Blue Mine.


In Melkboskuil is an old store selling antique furniture.


  • Springbok Lodge & Restaurant, corner of Voortrekker and Keerom Road. A meeting point for travellers and locals to have a bite to eat.
  • Nando's, Cnr. Vander Stel & Hospital Str. (Across Police Station), +27 27 718-1454. Till 10PM. Flame grill meals. Power point available.



Go next[edit]

  • Goegap Nature Reserve is 10 km south-west of the town along the R355. It is often called Namaqualand in miniature. Inside the reserve is the Malan Wild Flower Garden, which offers hiking trails, mountain bike tours and roads for 4x4 vehicles.
  • Springbok is frequently visited as a stopoff point between Cape Town and Namibia, or on the way to the Augrabies Falls National Park.
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