Springbok is the city centre or ‘big town’ of Namaqualand. It is in the North-West of the Northern Cape. Springbok is the town where everyone within a radius of 200km comes every month to get their supplies. The vastness of Namaqualand has made the town centrally located. Most of the merchants have settled here in supplying customers from all over Namaqualand.
The population is 12000 people. You will find Springbok along the N7 towards Namibia. Springbok is a perfect stopover for supplies when visiting the Growcery Camp or exploring Namaqualand.
Springbok offers a great stop over for travellers. You can select from a number of guesthouses and B&B’s. The town was founded in 1862 and was called Springbokfontein. The ‘fountain’ was later dropped and it became only Springbok. The town was build due to the copper mining in Okiep. The Climate in Namaqualand is a very sunny one.
Namaqualand will count a minimum of 330 days of sunshine a year. Well, today the town counts on travellers and tourists passing through the town. There are still some mining activities in the area, but no copper mining anymore.
Namaqualand is a vast area filled with mountain passes and gravel roads. It is sometimes best to make a base in one of the towns and explore this arid landscape on day excursions. You will find that most of the roads along the west coast of Namaqualand somehow connects at a given point. The roads of Namaqualand is not busy roads. We suggest that you plan your route before embarking on these road trip adventures.
It is always good to get information on the road conditions. We recommend taking an SUV or 4×4 on these roads. If you want to experience an alternative, you can also book a guided tour. The best way to discover Namaqualand, Richtersveld and the West Coast is on a Guide Tour. Local knowledge always offers the best insight and experience in Namaqualand.
We have some exciting tours and adventures on offer from The Growcery Camp. You can select any of our tours and join us on a guided discovery of Namaqualand. Our tours and safaris depart from our camp. However, if you are a minimum of 4 people we can offer a private departure from Upington, Cape Town or Springbok. We also offer a pickup service from the local bus stop at Vioolsdrift border post. This is perfect for travellers that want to take the bus and join us on an adventure.
The nearest airport is 500km away and in Upington. The Intercape bus service does offer a schedule from Johannesburg, Windhoek and Cape Town. These schedules all go past Springbok. You can arrange accommodation and we can collect you on a private adventure tour of choice.
We invite you to join our team on a discovery journey of the Northern Cape.