Experience the Northern Cape, South Africa

Pofadder is a Northern Cape town on the outskirts of Namaqualand. It has the typical traits of a small town – a quirky name and a remote, middle-of-nowhere location that you'd drive past on your way to somewhere else. But it is definitely worth a stop.

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Meet the locals. (Image: Northern Cape Tourism Authority )

And no, the town isn’t named after a venomous snake. It got its name from a local chief, Klaas Pofadder, who first settled here with his people in the 1800s because of a sweet-water spring in the area.

Pofadder is tucked along the route from Upington to Springbok, and is just 60km from the Onseepkans border post with Namibia.

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People of Pofadder: Hoofweg Guesthouse. (Image: Northern Cape Tourism Authority )

In spring, thanks to the winter rains, the area is transformed into a colourful carpet of wild flowers. The flower season in the region attracts visitors from all corners of the world.

Visitors can also explore the town and its surrounds by hiking or on a mountain bike. If you want to up the ante, quad-biking and 4x4 sand-dune adventures are also available. Water sports fanatics can also enjoy a paddle in the nearby Orange River.