- Northern Cape
Delportshoop is a small town situated in the Northern Cape Province. Its closest neighbours are Barkly West, just 30 km away via the R31 and the even smaller village of Sydney on Vaal just a few minutes away.
A tiny “digger’s town” nestled at the confluence of the Vaal and Harts Rivers, Delportshoop became known as an important centre in the boom days of the alluvial diamond diggings along the two meandering rivers. And so, the locals invite travellers to visit a traditional and/or modern diamond digging site, stay in one of the Guest Houses and experience the African starry nights, picturesque sunsets, the silence, as well as the incomparable and unparalleled hospitality.
Delportshoop is a rustic village, you may see goats wandering the streets, but it is not far from its neighbours and the city of Kimberley with its many attractions is a mere hours’ drive away.
Accommodation includes one or two Guest Houses, B&B’s and/or self-catering facilities. Kimberley offers many accommodation options should you just wish to visit Delportshoop for the day.
Things to do and see
- The Vaal River
- Fishing and River Cruises
- Hiking & Walking Trails
- Mendelssohn Library, 4 km
- Barkly West Museum, 30 km
Delportshoop receives approximately 419 mm of rain annually with most rainfall occurring during Spring and Summer.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 14˚C and 34˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 1˚C and 23˚C.
There are daily flights into Kimberley Airport, approximately 73 Km’s via the R31. Car hire facilities are available at the Airport.
Delportshoop was officially proclaimed on 28 November 1871 as a diggers camp. A village management board was instituted in 1931, and municipal status attained in 1970.
Delportshoop was originally called “Thomas Hope”, but later the name was changed to “Delport’s Hope”. Mr P.J. Marais farmed on Langberg in the region and he was told a story that the first diamond was find by a young man whose surname was Delport. The diamond diggers then changed it to Delport’s Hope and later the ‘’Hope’’, became ‘’Hoop’’
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