Springbok, Namaqualand, Northern Cape, South Africa


Springbok is situated in the Northern Cape Province, about 600km north of Cape Town. The town is the commercial and cultural centre of Namaqualand.

Springbok is located directly on the N7 which connects the Cape and Namibia, and is close to the Richtersveld National Park. The nearby Namaqua wildflower reserves with their spectacular wildflower displays in spring make Springbok a popular tourist destination.

Springbok is also famous for its copper mining history, as it is the site of the first commercial mining operations in South Africa. The first copper mine was brought into operation in 1852 and mining propectors descended on the town. In 1863 the town was mapped out and built around the copper mining industry.

Today Springbok's many attractions include historical sites, museums and fine restaurants.