About Hopetown

Hopetown is situated in the Upper Karoo, in the Northern Cape, South Africa. Show on Map

Northern Cape DestinationsHopetown, Upper Karoo

The first diamond discovered in South Africa was found at Hopetown. It was the 23,25 carat Eureka, and soon after its discovery the 83,5 carat Star of Africa was found nearby. It was the discovery of this second diamond which started the great South African diamond rush.

Hopetown lies at the edge of the Great Karoo on an arid slope leading down to the Orange River, named by the great explorer Colonel Robert Gordon in honour of William Prince of Orange. The Bushmen called this The Great River, "Nu Gariep", as it carries 23 per cent of the total water run -off of South Africa to the sea. Hopetown serves the surrounding fruit, stock, wheat and potato farms. The Gazella Game Reserve, on the banks of the Orange River, provides sanctuary for gemsbok, eland, kudu and springbok.

The ultimate outdoor experience in the vicinity includes white water rafting, game-viewing, bird-watching and hiking.

Why not overnight? Find Accommodation in Upper Karoo

Oviston Sunrise Lodge

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast / Self Catering in Oviston

Oviston Sunrise Lodge

Situated on the southern banks of the Gariep Dam in Oviston, the Oviston Sunrise Lodge offers a variety of double rooms, ... more

Karoo Gariep Nature Reserve Tented Camp

Bed & Breakfast / Self Catering in Hanover

Karoo Gariep Nature Reserve Tented Camp

The Karoo Gariep Nature Reserve Tented Camp is situated halfway between Johannesburg, Cape Town and Upington making it an ... more

Sutherland Guesthouse

Guest House / Self Catering in Sutherland

Sutherland Guesthouse

Sutherland Guest House offers you a very warm and friendly welcome to the town of Sutherland in the Upper Karoo. The ... more

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