The Northern Cape province, a seemingly vast barren landscape, is perhaps one of the least explored regions of South Africa and remains, for the serious adventurer, an everlasting challenge.
Star of South Africa
This landscape is periodically plagued by drought and scorching sunshine yet it has been astonishingly blessed with some of the most dramatic displays of natural beauty. Nowhere is this more visible than in Namaqualand, one of the six floral kingdoms of the world. In spring, the plains burst into flower creating a breathtaking carpet of brilliant colour.
The discovery of an 83-carat 'Star of South Africa' marked the beginning of the world's greatest diamond rush and in Kimberley, resulted in what was to become known as the 'Big Hole', the largest hand-dug excavation in the world. Many of the old buildings are still in existence, museums abound and part of the original 'rush town' or 'open-air museum' has been reconstructed alongside the 'Big Hole' providing an attraction in itself.
Place of great noise
Equally spectacular in the province are the Augrabies Falls, fittingly named from the Khoi word which means 'place of great noise' and which is the focal point of the Augrabies Falls National Park. The mighty Orange River thunders over a granite cliff into a ravine some 200m deep, forming the world's sixth largest waterfall.
Beyond the Orange river lies the Kalahari Desert measuring some 120 million hectares which include parts of other countries such as Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe. Of the 12 owl species and 67 raptor and vultures species found in South Africa, the Kalahari is home to 7 and 40 respectively. The Augrabies Falls and the Kalahari Gemsbok National Parks are among the best known of the Kalahari reserves.
Across the Northern Cape there are wonderful opportunities for adventure such as river rafting, hunting, hiking or 4x4 trails as well as scenic drives and game viewing. Other treasures include ancient cave and rock paintings, late Stone Age artefacts and more recently, monumental reminders of the Anglo-Boer conflict.
Augrabies Valle Guesthouse and Camping, a luxury yet comfortable guest house right on the doorstep of the majestic Augrabies Falls one of the 5 biggest waterfalls in the world. We offers 6 luxury self-catering units each with their own en-suite bathroom.
Rene's Guesthouse established in 2000 offers 12 comfortable modern separate rooms, en-suite bathroom, airconditioning, DStv and secure parking. We offer breakfast, lunchboxes, dinner and have a fully stocked bar. Rene's is situated in Douglas, ...
De Marchand is conveniently situated on the banks of the mighty Orange River. The Orange River passes on the doorstep of this farm style Guest House, on its way to a world renowned landmark, the Augrabies Falls...
These antique stone corbelled houses appear only in the Karoo in an attractive small area. They were the first houses built by the Voortrekkers in the early 1800's. The Old Stone Shed used to be an old sheep shearing shed and has been converted into a se
Only the beach lies between you and the Atlantic. Port Nolloth is known for its long pristine beaches and its picturesque fishing and diamond harbor. The Beach House offers luxury self-catering accommodation with a 180 degree sea views...
Wolwefontein Lodge is a spacious, four bedroom guesthouse on the farm Wolwefontein, situated 30km outside Colesberg on the N9 between Colesberg and Noupoort. The house is comfortable and tastefully decorated, each bedroom with own en-suite bathroom.
De Oude Stoor Guesthouse (7 kilometres from the majestic Augrabies Falls) is the perfect stop over on the scenic Orange River wine route - be it for one night only or a few days of total relaxation this is definitely the start of your holiday in...
Merino Junction is situated in the heart of the Karoo in Victoria west and offers true Karoo hospitality.
Libby's Lodge, situated in Upington, is ideally suited to both busy professionals and tourists. We offer 10 spacious, uniquely decorated and private double rooms with en suite bathrooms and air conditioning. We also offer self catering facilities.
Situated at the heart of the diamond coast, we offer you three star self-catering accommodation, conference facilities and large peaceful garden with pool and braai areas!
Stillewaters Self Catering is a lovely, big main 1880 farmhouse on the working farm Stillewaters which is situated only 5 km from Richmond and the N1 out on the Graaff-Reinet road (R388).