The Northern Cape is the largest province in South Africa and is divided into five regions that captures the imagination of those who dare to explore it and its ancient mysteries. Footpaths, hiking and 4×4 trails allow visitors to experience the natural surrounds up-close. Some of the well-known national parks in the Northern Cape are Namaqua-, Augrabies- and Kgalagadi National Park. The Northern Cape has a rich archaeological heritage, celebrating unique cultures including ancient tribes like the San (Bushmen), Nama and Griqua. In many places rock painting and engravings can be found.
Cape to Namibia route
From Cape Town there is one long road that leads to Namibia via the Northern Cape: the N7. This road will drive past some of the highlights in the Northern Cape. At the border to Namibia you will find the Orange River – the longest river in South Africa. This river originates in the Drakensberg at the border between South Africa and Lesotho, and flows westwards through Lesotho, Vrystaat, Easthern Cape and the Northern Province. The Orange River offers adventurous activities, such as river rafting. You can also hike in Richtersveld National Park, exploring these dessert mountains.
From the beginning of August until the end of September it is flower season in South Africa and the Namakwa region is transformed into a kaleidoscope of color. Visit Namaqua National Park, known for its specific Flora and Fauna.
Place of great noise and the Big Hole
Two of the most well-known places in the Northern Cape are Augrabies National Park and Kimberley. Augrabies National Park is known for the Augrabies Falls, named Ánkoerebis’ by the KhoiKhoi people, and means ‘place of great noice’. Within Augrabies National Park you will also find the quiver tree, adapted to its landscape and high temperatures. Kimberley is known for the Big Hole – an open-pit and underground mine. The Big Hole is claimed to be the deepest hole excavated by hand, however, whether this claim is true remains to be confirmed.
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Must-do activities in Northern Cape
- Rafting on the Orange River
- Safari in the Kalahari
- Diamond Coast 4×4 tour