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.
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
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, ...
Kuilfontein Stable Cottages, near the N1 and Colesberg is perfectly situated as a stopover for travellers. The delightful old stable quarters have been converted with style and comfort. There are 2 luxury units, 1 family unit and 5 standard units.
Enjoy true Karoo hospitality in the centre of South Africa. The Horse and Mill is a perfect stop-over between Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Johannesburg and Durban. It is situated in the centre of Colesberg, in a quiet one-way street.
Namastat Lodge and Caravan Park situiated in Springbok which lies in a narrow valley surrounded by the Koperberg in the heart of the Namaqualand, 570km north of Cape Town. It is the last major town before Namibia and it is known as the flower capital.
At PolfyntjiesHout in Postmasburg, come and enjoy one of our 6 comfortable en-suite rooms, each with a private entrance, designed for your comfort and equipped with the finest amenities.
Die Pophuis Hoekie" is an owner managed cluster of 7 air condioned, restored Karoo cottages and one en suite unit- all enwalled and brightly lit up at night, with ample safe parking and plenty of space to stretch your legs after a long
Ouma se Huis is situated on route from Kimberley to the Kgalagadi, Augrabies, Namibia and Namakwaland. Next to the Orange river, 45km from Groblershoop and 75km from Upington. Enjoy a relaxed farm stay in the self catering old farmhouse, newly...
Little Rock Guest House is AA accredited (Highly Recommended) and graded semi self catering bed and breakfast. It offers comfortable, luxury accommodation with secure off-street parking. We are situated only 300 meters from the new Medi-Clinic Gariep Hosp
Accommodation consists of single, double and family rooms and is provided in an enlarged farm house, the main part which dates back to 1889. Eighteen of the twenty-three rooms are en suite and with fireplaces. The farms own produce, especially ...
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Orange River Rafting Lodge is located on the banks of the Orange River, haven to numerous bird species. The resort is situated in lovely surroundings, 10km from the cross border to Namibia on the N7, on a small Lucerne farm in Vioolsdrift. We offer self-c