Steinkopf

This small village lies only 50 km from Springbok and the two are often seen as one. The Rhenish Mission Society founded a mission station here in 1819 to preach the gospel to the Nama people. It is still chiefly inhabited by Nama people, many of whom stay in the simple yet practical rounded Nama reed huts. Most of the breadwinners work at the mines of Namakwa. Guided tours of the region are on offer.

Art and Crafts

Art: The Old Dutch Reformed Church houses an unlikely surprise – the artwork of some famous South African artists. The building itself is also a work of art.

Fauna and Flora

Immanuel Succulent Nursery: Buy some plants at the nursery and take a piece of the Richtersveld with you.

History and Architecture

Klipfontein Historical Site: The ruins of an old hotel, a water tower and the graves of British soldiers killed in the Anglo-Boer War lie next to Road R382.

Kinderle (“Where children lie”): A simple, yet eloquent, Afrikaans name for the final resting place of 32 Nama children, killed in the 1800s by the Khoisan.

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