At the entrance to Koffiefontein, you will see a huge suspended kettle, often spewing water. It’s an expanded model of the coffee pots used by Victorian-era transport riders who crossed these plains heading to the diamondfields and goldfields in the north.
At one particular fountain in this area, they used to stop and brew their coffee, often camping over for the night. Someone left a coffee bean near the fountain waters. It was discovered by another transport rider and the fable of ‘coffee fountain’ began.
In 1870, one of the transport riders discovered more than a coffee bean. He came upon a diamond near the fountain. Two years later, Koffiefontein was a booming diamond mining town.