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Northern Cape
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The Northern Cape is noted for its San rock art, diamond diggings, 4x4 safaris and the Kgalagadi Wildlife Park. It is a vast stretch of semi-desert land. The distance from the capital, Kimberley, on the eastern border to Springbok (in the west) is more than 900km.

The Northern Cape is a large, dry region of fluctuating temperatures and varying topographies. As the most arid part of South Africa it offers the visitor an experience that is not elsewhere available.

This is a land of many diverse cultures, of frontier history and brave missionaries. It also has countless challenges for the adrenaline junkies, hikers, hunters and 4x4 adventurers.

 

Northern Cape Highlights
bullet Augrabies Falls National Park - Explore and discover the beauty of mother nature in the place of the Great Noise, noise of rumbling waterfalls.
bullet Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape - The 160,000 ha Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape of dramatic mountainous desert constitutes a cultural landscape communally owned and managed.
bullet Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park - Kgalagadi is Africa's first transfrontier park, the result of merging the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park in South Africa and the Gemsbok National Park in Botswana.
bullet The Big Hole, Kimberley - 150 years ago, the site of the Big Hole was a featureless, flat-topped hill. Then word spread that diamonds had been discovered.





Augrabies

The small town of Augrabies is famous for the Augrabies Falls. The Khoi people called it ‘Aukoerebis’, or place of Great Noise as water thunders down this 56m Waterfall when the Orange River is in full flood.


Barkly West

Situated on the Vaal River, Barkly West was once a thriving diamond digging community of which many reminders can still be seen.


Britstown

Britstown is situated on the N12, 98km north of Victoria West. Named after Hans Brits, who accompanied David Livingstone on a venture to the interior and then settled on the farm. Experience the unique Karoo landscape.


Calvinia

Calvinia, founded in 1851, lies at the foot of the Hantam Mountains and is the region’s key growth point and one of the country`s largest wool-producing areas.


Carnarvon

Carnarvon is a Karoo town in an important merino sheep farming district and good stop-over when travelling the long distances in this desolated part of the country.


Colesberg

Colesberg is a traveller`s oasis on the main Cape Town-Johannesburg route, the N1, offering many attractive accommodation establishments and entertaining, educational distractions.


Danielskuil

Danielskuil is part of a Griqua missionary and of historical importance, a geological phenomena in the form of deep cavity was formed in the dolomite limestone.


De Aar

De Aar is the second most important railway junction in South Africa and at a time home to Olive Schreiner, the famous author and feminist who wrote Women and Labour.


Douglas

The historic town of Douglas is situated on the Vaal River, in the Diamond Fields Region of the Northern Cape. The resultant fertile soil means that Douglas is a veritable oasis in the dry region.


Fraserburg

Fraserburg is situated on a high plateau north of the Nuweveld Mountains and has a very rich historical heritage. Also a palaeosurface on the farm Gansfontein outside town, of several trackways of large, four-footed, five-toed mammalian reptiles.


Griekwastad

Griekwastad is situated in the Northern Cape, between Kimberley and Upington. It is by far the best crossing point on your tour between the other provinces and the world famous Witsand Nature Reserve.


Hondeklipbaai

Hondeklipbaai is a favoured holiday destination for farmers, fishermen and divers, a quaint village built next to a spring, at the foot of the escarpment.


Hopetown

Hopetown is situated on the N12, 77km north of Britstown. In 1866 a diamond, ‘Eureka’, was found and in 1868 the 83,5 carat ‘Star of South Africa’ diamond was discovered. Today, Hopetown is a farming town.


Kakamas

Kakamas was originally build by a church and named after the Khoi word for 'poor pasture', the name today reflects poorly on a fertile valley in the lower Orange River, graced with vineyards, cotton and lucerne fields


Kamieskroon

Kamieskroon is set among granite rock formations of the Kamiesberg Mountains, taking its name from the 330 m peak crowned with a huge, cleft rock. Photographic workshops, Namaqua flowers in spring, a hiking paradise in unique surroundings.


Kathu

Kathu orginated because of mining activities. It has one of the five largest open-cast iron ore mining operations in the world. Kathu has one of the country's most beautiful golf courses as well as the luxurious Gamagara Lodge.


Kimberley

Kimberley, was founded arround a big hole about 800m deep when diamond diggers and about 30000 workers excavated the diamond pipe during the late 19th century.


Kleinzee

Kleinzee is situated approximately 100km south of Koingnaas on the Diamond Coast. The town, and the diamond mines that support it, offer an interesting insight into the lifestyle of the modern miner. Permits to visit must be arranged at least five days in advance.


Kuruman

Water, mountains and dense vegetation, the "oasis of the Kalahari". Kuruman, set on the Ghaap Plateau, it is blessed with a permanent and abundant source of water in the form of a mineral spring (The Eye), delivering some 20 million litres a day.


Loeriesfontein

Loeriesfontein - where Namaqualand, Bushmanland and the Hantam meet. Quiver Tree Forest, one of the world's largest, these trees store water in their trunks and can live up to 400 years.


Loxton

Loxton, is a little town that came into being in 1899 to serve the sheep-farming community around it. Streets are lined with cypresses, pepper trees, and beefwoods and in spring, when pear trees are in blossom, they transform surroundings into a fairytale picture.


Nieuwoudtville

Nieuwoudtville is the jewel of the Hantam! That's how the people describe the town at the top of the Bokveld Escarpment, with 100m water-falls, a myriad of succulents and a vast variety of plant life.


Okiep

Okiep is situated 8 km north of Springbok and 120 km south of the Namibian border. The little village of Okiep gets its name from the Nama word “U-gieb” that means little fountain.


Pofadder

Pofadder is situated 165km east of Springbok on the N7. A mission station was founded here in 1875. The town was named after a Koranna chief Klaas Pofadder.


Port Nolloth

Established as a small-vessel harbour and railway junction in 1854 for the copper-mining industry, Port Nolloth’s narrow, shallow entrance makes it unsuitable for ore carriers. It is instead, a centre for the small-scale diamond recovery and cray fishing industries, and the only resort on the Diamond Coast.


Postmasburg

Proclaimed a town on 6 June 1892 and named after the Rev J. Postma, a Reformed Church founding member whose congregation sought a centre of worship. The town is complemented by a dam surrounded by lush, green vegetation and sparkling fountains.


Prieska

Prieska is situated on the south bank of the Orange River and is renowned for its semi-precious stones and large array of succulents including the weird half-mens.


Richmond

Richmond is the closest town to the half-way point between Cape Town and Johannesburg on the N1, 61km southwest of Hanover.


Springbok

Springbok lies about 600 km north of Cape Town offering many attractions, historical sites, museums and fine restaurants.


Sutherland

Established in 1858 and named after a prominent Worcester cleric, Reverend Henry Sutherland, the town is known for its brilliant night skies and cold, biting winters, known to be the coldest place in South Africa.It is also home to the world-renowned South African Astronomical Observatory.


Upington

Bound by the Orange River and the Kalahari, Upington is the principal city in the Northern Region, an ideal winter holiday resort with all the modern conveniences on the major routes to Namibia and Kalahari, Augrabies, Fish River Canyon and Northern Cape.


Vanderkloof

Named after the farm on which the Vanderkloof Dam is situated, the town was built to house people building the dam. Today it is a flourishing holiday resort.


Vioolsdrift

Vioolsdrift is a official border post on the N7 between South Africa and Namibia. Many river rafting trips along the Orange River and through the Richtersveld start here.