Steinkopf is a one-horse-town in the arid savannah of Namaqualand. It was founded by missionaries. They had followed the Trek Boers, who had migrated east and north from the Cape around 1750. Here they found the settlements of the Khoikhoi (or Hottentots), who were also called Namas in this area.
The culture of the Khoikhoi has vanished almost totally. However, there are still quite a few Namas living in Steinkopf today, whose ancestors came down from the north about 200 years ago. Their traditional dome tents, called "Matjieshuise" in Afrikaans, can still be seen in Steinkopf. However, their inhabitants don't see them as historically interesting relics, but merely as cheap and unfortunately quite small accommodation. They dream of moving into a normal stone house one day.
Top: Steinkopf at the N7 from Cape Town to Windhoek, Namibia Left: Nama dome tent