Olifantshoek lies in a valley on the eastern slopes of the Langberge. From Upington in the west, the road follows the Orange River northeast along its northern bank, clinging close to the river for the first 40km of the N14. The vegetation improves gradually towards the Langeberge mountain range that forms the western perimeter of the vast plateau on which the mining towns of Kuruman, Postmasburg and Danielskuil are located.
Olifantshoek originated as a police post in 1897. The area was home to large numbers of elephants a century or more ago, accounting for the name. The villiage was formaly founded in 1912.
The area is cattle-ranching country, but iron ore is also mined. Water is derived from a dam on the Olifantsloop flowing through the town.
The Main Attractions are:
* San (Bushmen) Rock Art
Some of the finest galleries of ancient San rock art have been preserved on the farm "Meerlust", about 50km nortwest of the town.
* Witsand Nature Reserve
The Witsand nature reserve with its flowing white dunes cradled by contrasting red Kalahari dunes, the smokey grey Langberge mountains and Acacia woodland is the home of the famous Kalahari Roaring Sands and over 150 bird species.
* War graves
War graves from the 1897 Galeshewe's War when inhabitants of the old Transvaal died in skirmishes with Tswana groups on the western perimeter of the old Transvaal Republic.
Go hiking in the Langberge mountains.