Steinkopf, near the border with Namibia
Is a tiny town in the arid savannah of Namaqualand.
It was founded by missionaries. They had followed the Trek Boers, who had migrated east and north from the Cape around 1750. Here they found the settlements of the Khoikhoi, also called Nama in this area.
The culture of the Khoikhoi has vanished almost totally. However, there are still quite a few Namas living in Steinkopf today, whose ancestors came down from the north about 200 years ago. Their traditional dome tents, called "Matjieshuise" in Afrikaans, can still be seen in Steinkopf. The carpet of green and multicoloured flowers is an annual natural phenomenon which happens just after the rainy season.
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