Pofadder, is situated about 220km west of Upington and 165km east of Springbok. Farming settlements are: Dwagga Soutpan, Vrugbaar, Raap-en-Skraap and Klein Pella. The town is located on the N14 national road from Upington to Springbok and lies 50 km from the Onseepkans border post on the Namibian border, along the R358. Pofadder (Afrikaans for “puff adder”)

The first plots surveyed were sold in 1917. Pofadder has several old buildings, one being the Roman Catholic Church. Built by the mission, it runs a blockmaking enterprise, a chicken farm and a dairy, giving employment to the poor. There are many day walks and, in spring, a wonderworld of plants carpets the veld.

It developed from a station of the Inland Mission founded in 1875, and named after Klaas Pofadder, a Korana chief. The town was laid out in 1917 and a village management board was instituted in 1937. Originally named Theronsville, the name Pofadder was restored in 1936. In spite of its small size it is an important local centre in the region known in South Africa as Bushmanland.

Pofadder is the gateway to the rest of the Northern Cape and tourists can fill up their tanks at one of the three petrol stations in town while shopping at one of the two general stores. Pofadder is particularly known for
its meat, biltong and droëwors.

Tourist Information

Khai-Ma Municipality tel: (054) 933 1000
The Grave of Captain Klaas Pofadder: The Khoisan Captain after whom Pofadder was named.
Dutch Reformed Church: A national monument
Fauna and Flora

Pella is situated in close proximity to the Orange River and is connected to the N14 via a tar road. Tourists are however advised to fill up in Pofadder or Aggeneys as there are no petrol stations in Pella.

It has the typical traits of a small town – a quirky name and a remote, middle-of-nowhere location that you’d drive past on your way to somewhere else. But this little town is definitely worth a stop.

Key Statistics 2011

Total population 3,287
Young (0-14) 29,9%
Working Age (15-64) 62,2%
Elderly (65+) 7,9%
Dependency ratio 60,8
Sex ratio 89,3
Population density 20 persons/km2
No schooling aged 20+ 2,7%
Higher education aged 20+ 4%
Matric aged 20+ 21,5%
Number of households 895
Average household size 3,5
Female headed households 44,8%
Formal dwellings 86,8%
Housing owned/paying off 74,9%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage 83,4%
Weekly refuse removal 96%
Piped water inside dwelling 46,5%
Electricity for lighting 96,6%