The town of Springbok is a direct link to Namibia as it is one of the last stop over towns before you cross the South African boarder to Namibia.
The town was established primarily due to the discovery of copper in the region but its secondary source of income is cattle farming with sheep farming being a mainstay due to the arid and almost barren landscape.
The early days of the town date back to the Khoi and San people which were accustomed to the weather conditions and remoteness of the region.
The town was established in 1862 and founded on the farm Melkboschkuil and was originally named Springbokfontein.
The other attraction to Springbok, being in the Namaqualand region, is the wild flowers which attract scores of tourist annually to this natural phenomenon. The fauna is diverse and the succulents are indigenous to Springbok. This yearly tourism adds to the town’s sustainability.
Thus tourism is the alternative source of income to the region creating opportunities for guest houses and B&B’s.
Attractions to the town and region are Goegap Nature Reserve, Namaqua National Park, Namaqualand Flower Route, Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape and Skilpad Wildflower Reserve.
The town is located close to the Orange River which is where some of South Africa’s best fly fishing spots are. Along with the fly fishing, Yellow fish fishing is also a great attraction. Another great attraction is the Richtersveld which is not a seasonal event and offers bird watching. The proximity to the Orange River offers spectators the view of the majestic Fish Eagle in full song after fish in the river. The Richtersveld is the ideal camper and hikers haven with cold nights and warm days, making for amazing campfire stories.
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