Geography and History
Van Wyksvlei is is a small town situated in the Northern Cape province of South Africa The town sits 149km east of Brandvlei and over 100km west of Prieska on untarred roads.
Van Wyksvlei was established in 1880 and was named after a farmer called Van Wyk. The Afrikaans suffix vlei, means 'pond', 'marsh' which is quite ironic since this is one of the driest places in South Africa, and the surrounding region is named the Dorsland "thirsy land"! Van Wyksvlei lies close to the first, state-funded dam, built in 1882 and still in use.
Van Wyksvlei saw some action in the Second Boer War where two Victoria Crosses were awarded - Harry Hampton and Henry Knight were awarded the medal for gallant acts
San Rock Engravings - These can be viewed at Springbokoog. Tel 053 382 3029 or 0533832 ask for 1212.
Van Wyksvlei Dam - With a unique, earthen wall, the dam is still in use. Tel 053 382 3029
Accommodation in Van Wyksvlei includes a Hotel, Guest farms and self catering/camping.
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