Besides the Goldfields Region, Hoopstad is centrally located in South Africa’s Maize Triangle, with a small-town economy based primarily on agriculture. Not a major tourist stop, this little farm town's main attraction is its atmosphere, the “no fuss, no rush attitude" where time slows down and visitors can stop and enjoy the countryside!
Hoopstad’s principle attractions are the nearby Sandveld Nature Reserve and the Bloemhof Dam on the Vaal River, one of the largest dams in South Africa and the location of several National and International fishing competitions. The town also boasts several examples of the sandstone architecture typical of the region and time, including a small but pretty church.
Things to do and see
- Hoopstad Durch Reformed Church
- Bloemhof Dam
- Sandveld Nature Reserve
- Hoopstad Golf Course
Hoopstad receives approximately 517 mm of rain annually with most of its annual rainfall during summer.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 10˚C and 31˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 0˚C and 22˚C.
There are daily flights into Bram Fischer Airport in Bloemfontein, approximately 165 km’s away via the R700 and into Kimberley Airport, approximately 168 km’s away via the R59 and R64. Car hire facilities are available at the Airport.
Hoopstad was initially founded in 1876 and named Hauptstad after Mr Haupt, the town’s surveyor.
The translation of Hauptstad into Afrikaans means Capital, which it never was and so the town was therefore renamed Hoopstad.
Hoopstad meaning "Hope City" in Afrikaans, was established on the one side of the large farm Kameeldoorns, with another town Bultfontein on the other side.
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