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

Stoneridge Guesthouse

Guest House in Gariep Dam

Stoneridge Guesthouse

Stoneridge Guesthouse is neatly nestled on the hills of Gariep Dam and overlooks the intriguing valleys of the Bo-Karoo ... more

A Karoo Manor-Marina's

Bed & Breakfast in Richmond

A Karoo Manor-Marina's

Saag and Sumi are the managers of this old world charm destination in the centre of Richmond in the Karoo. We offer a ... more

View Lodge

Guest House / Self Catering in Gariep Dam

View Lodge

Luxury, relaxation, service ... if any of these are what you are looking for, then View Lodge should be your destination ... more

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