You’ll find mountains, sand dunes, sheep, succulents and roads that disappear into forever around Pofadder, a small town in the Northern Cape. The journey to this faraway place is an adventure worth ticking off on your ‘been there’ list.

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A group of Afrikaans travellers searching for a place to settle, known as the Trek Boers, arrived in Pofadder in 1889, attracted by its perennial spring. They started farming here and many of their descendants are still here today.

Pofadder might look like a nondescript town in a nowhere part of the world, hence its association as South Africa’s Timbuktu, a town so remote you'd only go there under extreme circumstances.

You are most likely to drive past this town on route to the Orange River (be it for rafting, to see the Augrabies Falls or on the road from Springbok to Upington).

But actually, it is a magical world for those who know it, and if you have the time, consider pausing here. In spring the region shows off its obvious beauty. Situated at the edge of the Namaqualand flower world, the landscape here simmers with colour in years of good rain.

Out of season it has a hidden beauty waiting to be explored. To experience this landscape, hiking, quad biking and 4x4 adventures are all offered, as is homegrown hospitality and delicious farm-fresh lamb.

Some people might think the town takes its name from the snake of the same name in Afrikaans (a pofadder or puffadder is one of South Africa's most venomous species).

But Pofadder actually gets its name from a Khoi-Khoi chief, Klaas Pofadder, who first settled here with his people in the 1800s because of a sweet water spring in the area. When a mission was established later, the name stuck.

A group of Afrikaans travellers, known as the trekboers, also arrived in Pofadder in 1889, attracted by its perennial spring. They started farming here and many of their descendants are still here today. Should you spend a night or two in this area, you'll be sure to meet them.

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