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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.

The Northern Cape province of South Africa is known for its vast landscapes, unique natural attractions, and rich cultural heritage.

Here are ten things to do or see in the Northern Cape:

  1. Augrabies Falls National Park: Visit the spectacular Augrabies Falls, where the Orange River plunges 56 meters into a granite gorge. The park offers scenic viewpoints, hiking trails, and opportunities to spot wildlife such as klipspringers and rock hyraxes.

  2. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park: Explore this vast wilderness area known for its red sand dunes, unique vegetation, and abundant wildlife, including lions, cheetahs, and large herds of antelope. The park spans South Africa and Botswana, offering a truly wild safari experience.

  3. Namaqualand Flower Route: Witness the breathtaking transformation of the Namaqualand region during the spring months (August to September) when millions of wildflowers bloom, creating a vibrant and colorful landscape.

  4. Kimberley and the Big Hole: Discover the history of diamond mining in Kimberley by visiting the Big Hole, one of the largest hand-dug excavations in the world. The Kimberley Mine Museum offers insights into the diamond rush era and the city's heritage.

  5. Richtersveld Transfrontier Park: Experience the rugged beauty of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its dramatic mountain desert landscapes and unique flora. The park is also home to the Nama people, who practice traditional semi-nomadic pastoralism.

  6. Tankwa Karoo National Park: Explore the stark and serene landscapes of the Tankwa Karoo, known for its clear night skies, making it a prime destination for stargazing. The park also offers diverse wildlife, including gemsbok, springbok, and bird species.

  7. Riemvasmaak Hot Springs: Relax in the natural hot springs located in the remote and scenic Riemvasmaak community. The area also offers hiking trails, 4x4 routes, and stunning views of the surrounding mountains and desert.

  8. Witsand Nature Reserve: Visit the famous "roaring sands" of Witsand, where the dunes emit a deep, resonant sound when disturbed. The reserve is also a haven for birdwatchers and offers hiking and 4x4 trails.

  9. Orange River Rafting: Embark on an adventurous rafting trip down the Orange River, which forms the northern border of the province. This activity offers a unique perspective on the arid landscape and the opportunity to spot wildlife along the riverbanks.

  10. Quiver Tree Forest: Explore the unique forest of quiver trees (Aloe dichotoma) near the town of Nieuwoudtville. These distinctive trees, which can live for hundreds of years, create a surreal and photogenic landscape.

The Northern Cape province is a treasure trove of natural beauty, cultural heritage, and outdoor adventure, offering something for every type of traveler.





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