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Located in South Africa :: Northern Cape (Richtersveld)  :: Steinkopf
Category: Places :: Town Medium


Steinkopf is a small town 90 km east of Port Nolloth and 50 km north of Springbok in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. The town was founded by reverend Heinrich Schmelen of the London Missionary Society in 1818 at a spot where the Khoi Khoi had settled previously. The place was called 'Tarrakois' which means 'a peculiar girl' and it was later renamed after Doctor Karl Steinkopf of London who donated money for the new missionary station. The town lies in the dry and mountainous Richtersveld semi-desert, but with a slightly greener touch. The Mountain ranges of the nearby Richtersveld National Park can be seen in the distance. For more information contact the chairperson of the Steinkopf Tourism Forum.

Traveller Description

Situated on the N7. There is a strong Nama culture here due to the Nama history inherited.

Address :  Tourism Office, Richtersveld, South Africa
Contact :  Tourist Info - Steinkopf Tourism Forum
Contact 2 :  Leticia - Steinkopf Tourism Forum
Tel :  +27(0)27 721 8841
Cell :  +27(0)78 126 0808
Email :  Click Here
Cellphone Reception :  Good Main Cellular Network :  MTN. CellC. Vodacom


Steinkopf lies on the N7, 50 km north of Springbok and 65 km south of the Namibian border post at Vioolsdrift. The R382 from Steinkopf takes you east to the coastal town of Port Nolloth with turnoffs to Lekkersing and Eksteenfontein that take your cross-country to the Richtersveld National Park.

Destination Information
Police Tourist Information Office Petrol Diesel Shops Shopping Centre Bank ATM Foreign Exchange Internet Cafe Lodging Camping Bakery Liquor Restaurant Pharmacy Mechanical Repair
Facilities :  Tour Services
Police Telephone :  +27(0)27 721 1017
Tourist Information Telephone :  +27(0)27 721 8841
Petrol Type :  ULP/LRP
Diesel Type :  BP Ultimate Unleaded 93 & 95

Tours and Excursions Hiking Trails
Donkey Trekking
More Activities :  Halfmens/succulent. Walking and flower tours. Visit 'Kinderle'. A historical sacred mass grave of 32 Nama children or 'Klipfontein'. An old water tower and Anglo Boer War graves of British soldiers.

Travelling Information

Visitors to the town can stay in guest house, self-catering rondavels or B&B. (Sept-16).

24hr petrol station at a BP fuel stop or Excel fuel stop in the town. (Sept-16).

There is a surgery and ambulance service here. There is no Hospital in town but there is the Steinkopf Clinic. Contact : +27(0)27 721 8321.

There is a post office in the town, an ATM and a community hall. (Sept-16).

 Travel Tip!

The Steinkopf High School Choir sings songs in Nama, Xhosa, German and Afrikaans.

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