The first inhabitants of this area were the /Xam (Bushmen). These tiny, self-sufficient people depended entirely on the land for their needs. The plains teemed with game, so they neither sowed nor kept livestock. Indigenous plants provided a variety of edible bulbs and bark for further nutritional and medicinal requirements.
The small haven of Britstown along the diamond route across the plains was named after a man who loved the Karoo, Hans Brits. He once accompanied Dr David Livingstone, famous son-in-law of the great missionary Robert Moffat, on a journey to the north. Livingstone originally came to South Africa to help the Moffat family at their mission in Kuruman, and it was on a journey to the north that he met Brits.
They took a liking to each other, and Brits decided to travel with him. But, Livingstone did not get on with the Moffat family, so he soon announced his intentions of travelling deeper into Africa, a decision that led to him becoming probably the continent’s most famous explorer. Brits decided against a life of exploration, and returned to the Karoo.