Britstown is a small farming town situated in the Northern Cape province of South Africa.
Britstown lies in the heart of the Central Karoo. Named after Hans Brits, who accompanied David Livingstone on a venture to the interior and then settled on the farm, Gemsbokfontein. In 1877, an association of local men, headed by TP Theron, bought a section of the farm on which they built a community centre and a church.
Soon after the discovery of diamonds at Hopetown and Kimberley, Brits realized that he and his neighbors could earn good money serving the growing traffic along the Diamond Way. So Brits arranged for a town to be laid out on a portion of his farm. As a tribute to him it was named Britstown.