Okiep is a small ex mining town with a population
of some 6,500 and is situated within the semi-desert region
of Namaqualand. Its colourful houses are scattered across
a vast, sandy plain interspersed with rocky outcrops.
Guided tours and trails lead you to the
old Cornish mine workings, remains of the railway earth works,
the 12 block houses surrounding Okiep, the mine museum in
Nababeep, the Orbicule hill (which is only found in Namaqualand
and Scandinavia), the Goegap Nature Reserve, Simon van der
Stel's mine shaft, Schaap River Canyon and many other places
of historical interest.
Explore the three mountain bike routes,
rough the two local 4x4 trails, or follow the walking trails
through the surrounding mountains and valleys, enjoying sun
down from exceptionally beautiful viewpoints.
The old copper mining centre of Okiep is
8 km north of Springbok, using exit 556, just off the national
route (N7) to Steinkopf and Vioolsdrift, the border post to
Namibia, which lies 120 km to the north.
Enjoy traditional country hospitality in
a modern setting at the Okiep Country Hotel. It offers country
cooking, friendly and informal country hospitality and service,
well-appointed en-suite bedrooms, television, air-conditioning,
a comfortable lounge, games room and a pub with the widest
range of imported beers and liqueurs north of Cape Town.