Afrikaans name: Hondeklipbaai
The boulder that gives Hondeklipbaai its name
The small coastal village of Hondeklipbaai gets its name from a boulder that is roughly in the shape of a dog. When translated from Afrikaans you get "Dog Stone Bay".
Hondeklipbaai is located on the northern stretch of the South African west coast and is 95 km west of Springbok.
The harbour at the village was initially used for the exporting of copper ore from mines in the vicinity of Springbok but this business was later moved to Port Nolloth. Today it serves a small fishing industry as well as diamond-mining that takes place in the region.
It is also a bit of a tourist destination with two ship-wrecks in the area and not forgetting its "famous" boulder. These are the Aristea and the Jahleel.
The wreck of the Aristea
Some of the buildings in this tiny village
References and further readingConolly's Guide to Southern Africa - Author: Denis Conolly - Year Published: 1982 - Page: 354
Country Life - Issue 178 - Author: - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 21
On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Year Published: 1995 - Page: 347
Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 166
Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 152
Things ewe never kn'ewe about South African place names - Author: Ann Gadd - Year Published: 2015 - Page: 98