Steinkopf shows all the typical faces of the dry and mountainous Richtersveld semi-desert, but with a slightly greener touch. Mountain ranges on the horizon announce the nearby Richtersveld National Park, and the plains awaken from a long summer's sleep from late August until October, when purple, white and yellow flowers dot the landscape.
Steinkopf has a rich history reflected both in old buildings such as the Rhenish Mission Station or the Old Klipfontein Hotel as well as in the varied cultures of the town's inhabitants. Visit the traditional communal farm grounds of the Van Wyk family and hear Steinkopf's stories from the South African Anglo Boer War. Visit the graves of British soldiers who died in the war at Klipfontein and Kinderlê, the burial site of Nama children tragically massacred by the San two centuries ago. The local school choir is a must, so try and arrange to hear these beautiful voices singing songs in Afrikaans, Nama, Xhosa and English.
Walk through the dusty streets past coffee shops, schools and churches, exploring the historically and culturally diverse town of Steinkopf at your leisure. Guided walking tours through the town, surrounding sandy hills and culturally important sites offer you a fascinating insight into this town's vibrant history. A guided 4x4 trail also provides a lovely way to explore the area.
This small semi-desert town is situated on the N7, 40 km north of Springbok. If you continue driving along the N7 you reach the Namibian border post at Vioolsdrift, 67 km north of Steinkopf. 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.