Welcome to The Northern Cape!
The land of frontier history and brave missionaries, offers countless challenges for adrenaline junkies, hikers, hunters and 4×4 adventurers. It has impressive parks with endless game and some of the most unique flora in the world.
The Kalahari Desert can be likened to a colossal sweeping river of another kind. Its red sands that once rippled and moved are now mostly stable and home to hundreds of diverse species of flora and fauna.
A place of vastness and silence, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park extends across much of the Kalahari. Every now and then, the unmistakable cry of an African Fish Eagle rings out, or the gut-wrenching roar of a black-maned Kalahari Lion carries across the landscape.
TOP REASONS TO VISIT
Many old buildings, museums and one of South Africa’s most important art galleries lend an historic ambience to the city of Kimberley, that thrust its way to prominence during the diamond rush. A reconstruction of the original ‘rush town’ stands alongside the incredible Big Hole, the largest hand-dug excavation in the world, offering visitors insight into the lives of those who lived and worked through the dreams and nightmares of a vibrant history.
A rich archaeological heritage, including stunning examples of ancient rock engravings, reflects a past that reaches back to the very origin of humankind.
Where valleys of lush green vineyards follow the mighty Orange River through the surrounding red sands and black granite rock. The massive body of water meanders through a giant valley of its making, being at its most impressive at the Augrabies Falls National Park.
The reserve provides sanctuary for Gemsbok, Springbok, Blue Wildebeest, Red Hartebeest, Eland, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah and smaller game.
The sun-drenched Kalahari, with its ancient, undulating landscape and endless horizons, evokes memories of a land before time. Beneath the Kalahari’s great blanket of red sands, hides a treasure trove of iron, manganese and other precious ores. Home to 40 raptor and vulture species and 7 owl species, the red sands also support a vast selection of game farms which are plentiful with wildlife and hardy unusual plants.
Throughout this wonderful part of the Great Karoo, you can visit, hunt or hike on game farms and nature reserves teeming with every species of antelope. Small, isolated villages with distinct Karoo architecture and imposing churches welcome guests from all over.
Each spring the dormant arid winter lands come alive with a flamboyant spread of wild flowers including many rare, unique and endangered plants. Here you can enjoy the cultural interaction of the Nama people, raft or canoe on the Orange River through deep canyons, take a 4×4 on an adventure in the haunting moonscapes of the saw-toothed mountains of the Ai Ais, Richtersveld and Transfrontier Park.
South African Astronomical Observatory
Conducting research into astronomy and astrophysics, the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) is the national centre for optical and infrared astronomy. The primary telescopes are in Sutherland, in the Northern Cape. Contributions by the SAAO include the development of a spherical aberration corrector and the Southern African Large Telescope, otherwise known as SALT.
Gonjah 4×4 Route
This is a fabulous way to explore and discover the gorgeous area of the Gamtoos River Valley in the Eastern Cape. This area borders the Baviaanskloof region, which is one of this province’s most prized natural jewels and tourist attractions.
The Kowie Canoe Trail
This trail will lead you approximately 21 km up the river past attractions such as The Old Wreck, Windy Beach, Rabbit Rocks, Cob Hole, Black Rock, The Old Mill, The Reef, Ferry Glen, White Rock and on to the Camp at Horseshoe Bend.
The highest commercially operated Bungee Jump from a bridge, in the world at 216 meters above the Bloukrans River. Bloukrans utilises pendulum bungee technology ensuring you the smoothest, most comfortable jump possible.
Jeffreys Bay is known for its popularity as a surfing haven! Great beaches, waves and “vibe”, make this place ideal for surf lessons, shopping and culture.
Camdeboo National Park
It covers an area of 194 km2 and almost surrounds the town of Graaff-Reinet. There are plenty of animals including Springbok, Buffalo, Cape Mountain Zebras and Kudus, plus over 200 bird species, but the real draws are the spectacular geological formations and great views overlooking Graaff-Reinet and the plains. The Valley of Desolation is the park’s most popular sight. It’s a hauntingly beautiful valley with an outstanding view – the rugged, piled dolerite columns are set against the backdrop of the endless Karoo plains. Graaff-Reinet is also visible, nestled in a bend of the Sundays River. The valley can be reached by car on a steep but sealed road, and there’s a 1,5 km circuit walk. The best times to come are at sunrise or sunset.
Route 67 – Port Elizabeth
The route starts at the Campanile and climbs the staircase to Vuyisile Mini Market Square in the city centre. It consists of 67 Public Art Works symbolising Nelson Mandela’s 67 years of work dedicated to the Freedom of South Africa and includes 67 steps leading up the second largest flag in Africa. The artworks were designed by local artists from the Eastern Cape. The route is a proud celebration of our cities heritage and history. This is a must see stop for the whole family to walk and to enjoy.