Geography and History
Steinkopf is a town in Namakwa District Municipality in the Northern Cape province of South Africa. Steinkopf is situated about 45km north-north-west of Springbok.
The original Nama settlement was situated at Bijzondermeid 5km south of present day Steinkopf. In 1818 a Rhenish Mission Station was established and in 1821 the mission was moved to current Steinkopf (then known as Kookfontein) due to a perennial spring that is still flowing today. Rev Brecher later renamed the town Steinkopf in honour of the German minister in London. Today Steinkopf serves a large communal stock farming area and many inhabitants work on the outlying mines in Namaqualand.
Annenous Station and Nonahams - Annenous was the historic steam train station for the transport of copper and Nonahams the watering point where the original fountain and dam still exist.The Meel road, also known as the postal road, meanders up the mountain from Annenous to Nonahams and continues to Steinkopf and was built in the 1860s. Today the road is only accessible to 4x4s.
Immanuel Succulent Nursery - Run by the Immanuel home for disabled, it is a well laid out nursery with numerous succulents as well as arts and crafts and a tea garden.
Kinderlê - 20km north of town. The sacred mass grave of 32 Nama children massacred Khoisan while the Nama elders were attending church.
Klipfontein Graves Anglo-Boer War graves from the last skirmish between the British relieving forces and Boer Commandos.
Klipfontein Hotel The R382 leads to the hotel ruins and remains of the famous Namakwa Mule Train water tanks.
Kookfontein Eye - The spring, still flowing after many years, is in the hill above Steinkopf.
Rhenish Mission Church - Built in the 1840s, today it is a national monument.
Steinkopf Art Gallery - In the old Rhenish Mission Church are paintings donated by the Brechner family, Rhenish missionaries in the 1800s.
Accommodation in Steinkopf includes guesthouses, B&B's and self catering.
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