Pofadder is situated on the N14 national road from Upington to Springbok. It lies 50 km from the Onseepkans border post on the Namibian border, along the R358.
Like Kalamazoo and Timbuktu, the name “Pofadder” is used to represent somewhere very remote, far away and out of the mainstream of the world.
A mission station was founded here by Reverend Christian Schröder in 1875. The town was named after a Koranna chief Klaas Pofadder, who was gunned down by farmers. Settlers, lured by a perennial spring, sank their roots into the parched earth from 1889 onwards.
The first plots surveyed were sold in 1917. Pofadder has several old buildings, one being the Roman Catholic Church. Built by the mission, it runs a blockmaking enterprise, a chicken farm and a dairy, giving employment to the poor.
In spite of its small size, it is an important local center in the region known as Bushmanland. The surrounding districts are arid, sparsely populated, rugged and picturesque. There is little in the way of cropping and local farmers run sheep or goats for a living.
As a tourist destination, it is not sufficiently spectacular to rival the spring flowers of the coastal regions of Namaqualand. But it has its attractions for biologists and conservationists and those with an interest in its remarkable diversity of often-tiny xerophytes and animal life.
Attractions in Pofadder include:
– Pofadder is near to the Ritchie Falls, the second highest waterfall on the Orange River, after the Augrabies Falls. The falls are in a pristine wilderness area. They are only accessible after a two-day hike or by rafting down from Onseepkans. Guided hikes and rafting trips are available.
– There are many day walks and, in spring, a wonder world of plants carpets the veld.
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