Hopetown lies on the edge of the Great Karoo in the Northern Cape of South Africa. It is situated on an arid slope leading down to the Orange River and the town was named by the great explorer Colonel Robert Gordon in honour of William Prince of Orange.
The first diamond discovered in South Africa was found at Hopetown. It was the 23,25 carat Eureka, and soon after its discovery the 83,5 carat Star of Africa was found nearby. It was the discovery of this second diamond which started the South African diamond rush.
According to locals, the first owner of the farm "Duivenaarsfontein", on which Hopetown was established, the Widow Van Niekerk wore a small silver anchor on a chain around her neck which she explained was a symbol of hope. One of the workers on the farm was so impressed that he fashioned an anchor from wood and tin, and in acknowledgement of his efforts she mounted this above the farmhouse door. Years later, when the house was demolished, the anchor was carefully removed and attached to another house, and later still to another. In time it became the symbol of the town.
Today Hopetown is a settled farming community with schools, shops, restaurants, B&B's, a hospital and much more to offer residents and visitors. It offers a laid-back country lifestyle with crisp clean air and some of the most beautiful sunsets. Star gazing in Hopetown at night is great, the stars watched from here are brighter than when watched from most other parts in the country.
Hopetown is a wonderful place to live in and work in.
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