[8] Van Wyksvlei

VAN WYKSVLEI123km South West from Prieska, on the R357, lies Van Wyksvlei.
The village was founded as Van Wyksvlei Estate in 1880 and named after a local farmer. Full municipal status was granted in 1975.
VANWYKSVLEIThe village is surrounded by a large number of “vloere” (salt pans).

VANWYKSVLEIVan Wyksvlei dam was the first state-funded dam built in South Africa. It was completed in 1883.


  • San (Bushman) art can be viewed at Springbokoog, 30km northwest of the town
  • Van Wyksvlei dam – still in use