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Town Small Okiep

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Located in South Africa :: Northern Cape (Namakwaland)  :: Okiep
Category: Places :: Town Small


The little hamlet of Okiep lies eight kilometres north of Springbok in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. The town is on the site of a spring that was known to the Nama people as U-gieb (brackish spring), hence the name Okiep. It used to be the centre of South African copper mining industry. The large copper deposits were re-discovered in 1855 and Okiep experienced an immediate boom. In 1866 a narrow railway line was built to Port Nolloth at the coast, for the shipping of copper. Due to a shortage of water for the steam engines, the Namaqualand Mule Train was pulled by mules until 1890. In 1918 the Okiep copper mines ceased operating and the place became almost a ghost town. In springtime, Okiep is - like the whole of Namaqualand - very rich in blooming wildflowers.

Address :  Okiep Country Hotel, Namakwaland, South Africa
Contact :  Namakwa Tourism Office
Tel :  +27(0)27 712 8000
Email :  Click Here

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