Spectacular ocean views, awesome rocky landscapes, thundering waterfalls at Augrabies National Park and lets not forget the Namaqualand flowers which cover the landscape in a carpet of wild flowers in the springtime.
If you really and truly want to get away from it all, the Northern Cape is the place to be. Come and experience real peace and tranquility where you can take advantage of the Northern Cape’s top tourist attractions - adventure holidays, white water rafting, 4X4 trails, dinosaur tracking and mountain hiking, with the spring flowers, and the grandiose Augrabies Falls as the main attractions.
This province comprises delightful scenery such as the Karoo plains in the south, the Kalahari Desert to the north, and riverine vegetation along the banks of the mighty and majestic Orange River. The Orange River becomes wild and thundering during the rainy season, abounding with vibrant cascades and waterfalls that are in total contrast with the bleak wilderness around the Augrabies region.
The Upper Karoo region comes alive with an abundance of showy flowers at the first sign of the summer rains. The Namaqualand region is well known for its extravagant perennial spring flower display between August and October of each year, whilst the Orange River area is a rich farmland area being traversed by the river from the east to the west. For holiday makers and tourists who travel to the area, after the falls, it makes sense to head to Namaqualand, close enough to the Augrabies for both areas to be visited.
Throughout this wonderful province of the Northern Cape, you can stay at tremendous holiday resorts, hike on game farms, traverse 4X4 trails, visit nature reserves that are teeming with every species of antelope imaginable, and experience total tranquility whilst refreshing body and soul in perfect harmony with nature at her undisputed best.
The Diamond Fields is the smallest region in the Northern Cape and is home to the provincial capital, Kimberley, known for the Big Holde where diamonds were excavated until 1914. The Kimberley Mine Museum is the country's largest full scale open-air museum. The Diamond Fields is a warm friendly place and visitors to the area will not be without interesting places to visit and adventurous 4x4 and hiking trails to explore the countryside.
Driekopseiland San Rock Art, Nooitgedacht Glacial Pavements, Wildebeest Kuil Rock Art Tourism Centre, William Humphreys Art Gallery, Galeshewe Cultural Township Tours, Kamfers Dam, Battlefields Route, Big Hole, Kimberley Mine Museum, Ghost Trail, Magersfontein, Oribi Game Reserve, Vaalbos National Park, Alluvial Diamond Diggings, hunting, 4x4 routes, mine tours, museums, art galleries and hiking trails.
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The Upper Karoo landscape is scattered with windmills, sheep and game farms and the occasional towns, which offer visitors unique historical experienes as well as the tranquility of Karoo life. Many farmers have opened their farms to visitors wanting a relaxing farm style getaway and game and nature reserves give an insight to the areas natural succulent and teeming wildlife. A truely unique, interesting and peaceful region of the Northern Cape.
San Rock Art, Britstown Museum, Doornkloof Nature Reserve, Anglo-Boer War sites, Colesburg Kemper Museum, De Aar Weather Station, Olive Shreiner House, Douglas Wine Cellar, Hanover Angora Handcraft Centre, Mieliefontein Ostrich Farm, Hopetown Orange River Station, Die Bos Nature Reserve, Vanderkloof Dam, hunting, hiking trails, museums, art galleries, 4x4 routes, locally made arts and crafts, mountain biking, fishing and boating.
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The Hantam Karoo is home to the South African Astronomical Observatory in Sutherland, this is defiantly the best place in the country for star-gazing. The region has a diverse array of dinosaur fossils, San Rock Art and some of the biggest salt pans in Africa. In the spring time the Nieuwoudtville Wild Flower Reserves comes alive with colour when wild daises bloom. Visitors can explore the region at their own leisurely pace and enjoy the Hantam Karoo and all its hidden treasures.
Oukraal Arts & Crafts, San rock art, Carnarvon Nature Reserve, Tortoise Reserve, Sutherland Planetarium Highway, South African Astronomical Observatory, Ouberg Pass, Fransplaas Sheep Cheese, Skurweberg; Verlatenkloof & Banksgate 4x4 Farms, Salpeterkop, Quiver Tree forest, Niewoudtville Wild Flower Reserve, Niewoudtville Falls, hunting, game viewing, hiking trails, museums and historical landmarks.
From August to September each year, the Namaqualand explodes with colour, covering the vast empty plains with wild flowers, this must be one of the most beautiful places to be during those spring months and visitors will be delighted with the show. The region is also home to the Ai-Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier Conservation Park, which borders on Namibia, as well as the small fishing and diamond mining towns of Alexander Bay, Port Nolloth and Hondelkipbaai where the desert meets the ocean.
Diamond Mine tours, Hondeklip Bay shipwrecks, Skilpad Wild Flower Reserve, Namakwa 4x4 Trail, Richtersveld National Park, Desert Lichen Fields, Alluvial Diamond Mines and Museum, Orbicule Koppie, Garies Spring Flowers, Paulshoek Cultural Camp, Kleinzee Nature Reserve; Seal Colony and Museum, Oorlogskloof Nature Reserve, Port Nolloth, Goegap Nature Reserve, Namastat Cultural Village, hiking, fishing, boating, historical sites and buildings.
A region of dramatic contrasts where the red dunes of the Kalahari desert meets the lush green paradise of the Orange River Valley. The spectacular Augrabies Falls National Park and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park offer visitors an unrivaled scenic and game viewing experience, where both of these Parks are a sanctuary for many animal and bird species. An interesting and vibrant region of the Northern Cape perfect for explorers, 4x4 junkies, keen hikers and those seeking quiet relaxation.
Augrabies Falls National Park, Kgalagadi Transfronteir Park, Witsand Nature Reserve, Boegoeberg Dam, Eselkloupan fossilised tracks, Riemvasmaak Hot Springs, Kakamas Rockery Route, Kanoneiland, Tierberg Nature Reserve, Verneukpan Salt Pan, San Art Trail, Quiver Tree Forest, Ritchie Falls, Kalahari Oranje Museum, hunting, hiking, 4x4 routes, mine tours, river rafting, salt pans, boating, fishing and historical landmarks.
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The Kalahari is a harsh and dry place, filled with an overpowering silence and the stark beauty of the red dunes. Take a trip through the Raptor Route to experience the Kalahari's large variety of raptors, including eagles, hawks, vultures and owls. The Eye of Kuruman is the largest natural fountain in the southern hemisphere. The Kalahari is an awesome place where the harshness of the landscape is balanced by the friendliness of the Kalahari people and their cultures.
Raptor Route, Manganese Mine Tours, Manganese Mine Tours, Steenkamp Hiking Trail, Kathu Game Reserve, Kathu Craft Centre, The Eye of Kuruman, Wonderwerk Cave, Kuruman Bird Sanctuary, Kalahari Raptor Centre, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, hiking trails, 4x4 routes, hunting, hang-gliding, paragliding, San rick art, birg watching and game viewing.
information on Northern Cape distance charts, temperatures, tourism offices and attractions,
Northern Cape Tourism
Tel: 053 832 2657
Tel: 053 832 7298
Tel: 053 631 0891
Tel: 027 341 1080
Tel: 027 718 2985
Tel: 054 332 6064
Tel: 053 712 1001
A Passport valid for six months after date of entry; contact your nearest travel agent or embassy for up-to-date information. Entry permits are issued on arrival to visitors from many British Commonwealth countries and are valid for 90 days.
The Rand is South Africa’s currency and is denoted by the R. 100 cents make up R1 (One Rand). Foreign currency can be exchanged at most banks and Bureaux de Changes. Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners Club are accepted.
Taxes and Refunds
All goods and services are priced to include value added tax of 14%. Visitors may reclaim VAT at their point of departure provided recepts are produced. Total value of purchases must be over R250.00 to reclaim VAT.
Summers need light cotton clothing and a light jersey for cool evenings. Winter needs warmer clothing with a sweater or jacket for cool mornings and evenings. Hats, sunglasses, insect repellant and rainwear for the rainy season are essential.
There are 11 official languages in South Africa. English is spoken throughout South Africa and most businesses and banks communicate in English.
There is a wide network of hospitals, both public and private, throughout the country offering excellent services.
International visitors should have health insurance to assist in paying for private hospital fees. If you are entering a Malaria area, medical precautions should be taken. Consult a pharmacist for more advice and insect repellant is essential. Tap water is safe and clean to drink.
Banks are open Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 15:30 and Saturdays from 09:00 to 11:00. Banks are closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.
Tourism and Safety Information Line - 083 123 2345, Police - 10111, Fire Brigade - 1022, Ambulance - 10222