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Cities and Towns
The old bridge west of Hopetown dates back to 1875
Including Belmont, Witput
On the N12, 77km north of Britstown

Nearby Towns: Douglas, Modder River, Kimberley, Strydenburg, Orania, Prieska

On 18 February 1854 a town was laid out with a Dutch Reformed Church - a rough frontier-type building made of mud and manure. The origin of the name Hopetown is odd. It is said the widow of the first owner of the farm, De Kalk, wore a small anchor.

A servant was told it represented hope and made an imitation from tin which was nailed to the farm entrance. In 1866 a diamond, ‘Eureka’, was found and, in 1868, on the farm Zandfontein, the 83,5 carat ‘Star of South Africa’ diamond was discovered. Today, Hopetown is a farming town.
  i Tourist Information
Church Str
Hopetown 8750
Tel 053 203 0008


activities and attractions
  33 Church Street
A cutting mark from the ‘Star of South Africa’ was made on a window here to test its authenticity.

Battle of Belmont
Memorials and information panels are part of the N12 Battlefield Route.

At Orange River Station.

Concentration Camp Cemetery
On the Kromhout Landgoed, Doornbult.

Convict Stone
For lack of a holding cell in the old magistrate’s building, convicts were secured to this stone.

Old Wagon Bridge
Predates the Anglo-Boer War, when one span was dropped and subsequently restored.

Sport & Adventure
Abseiling; angling; bird-watching; game-viewing; hiking; 4x4ing; white water rafting.

activities and attractions


Featured Accommodation

Hopetown Guest House
Tel:053 203 0318
Guest Houses and Farms, B&B, Hopetown

Die Stalle Guest House
Tel:053 203 0015 or 053 203 0007
Guest Houses and Farms, B&B, Hopetown

Witput Country Lodge
Tel:053 203 8201
Hotels and Lodges, Hopetown

Radnor Hotel
Tel:(053) 203 0015
Hotels and Lodges, Hopetown

Doornbult Guest Farm
Tel:053 203 8105
Guest Houses and Farms, B&B, Hopetown

Frieda’s Guest House
Tel:082 924 5941
Guest Houses and Farms, B&B, Hopetown

Tel:(053) 203 0005/8
Caravanning and Camping, Hopetown

Oranjerus Rooms
Tel:(053) 203 0140
Guest Houses and Farms, B&B, Hopetown

Stables, The
Tel:(053) 203 0007
Guest Houses and Farms, B&B, Hopetown

Thomas’s B&B & Guest Farm
Tel:(053) 204 0049
Guest Houses and Farms, B&B, Hopetown

Karoo Architecture
The usual windpump in the back garden also adds a typical Karoo-like authenticity to the buildings. ... read more
Khoisan Rock Art
Look under the town information pertaining to the Karoo and you wil find the names of many farms whe... read more
The Karoo Battlefields
The best marked and most accessible sights form part of the N12 Battlefields Route that links the Ka... read more

Location: 32km, SE on R369
Orania, originally built for construction workers in 1970 on the impre... read more
Location: 55km, SW on N12
On the verge of a large pan filled with salty water during the rainy y... read more
Location: 77km, NW on R388
The town was founded in 1848 as a mission station on the farm Backhous... read more


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