1. During August and September the Namaqualand region breaks out into wild flowers. The spectacular display attracts more than 100 000 visitors every year and photographic safaris are very popular. You can explore this region of the Northern Cape in a vehicle, on foot or on horseback.
2. The Richtersveld National Park is situated in north-western Namaqualand. Here the landscape has a starkness to it that most visitors experience as a lunar-like landscape. The area is home to the Nama people, who are mainly sheep or goat-herders and live off the land. The Richtersveld is popular with 4x4 enthusiasts and nature lovers who truly want to get away from it all.
3. The diamond town of Kimberley is home to the Kimberley Mine Museum. Part of the museum includes viewing decks overlooking the famous Big Hole, as well as a number of historic buildings. Known as a 'living museum', the old shops, bars, restaurants, churches and banks appear exactly as they did during the diamond digging days.
4. The Orange River, which stretches from the Drakensberg in Lesotho to Alexander Bay on the Atlantic Ocean some 2 200kms away, offers canoeing, rafting and fly-fishing for water sport enthusiasts.
5. The Northern Cape offers stargazing at its best. You can’t visit the Northern Cape without going on a stargazing safari. The South African Astronomical Observatory in Sutherland is home to the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) - the largest single optical telescope in the southern hemisphere. Here the clear night skies offer you the perfect opportunity to view the stars and learn more about this place known as ‘The Gateway to the Universe’.
6. The Kalahari evokes a picture of never-ending red sand dunes, big blue skies and a scorching sun that shimmers unrelentingly on ancient dry riverbeds.
The portion of the great Kalahari desert that lies in the Northern Cape is only a part of a large arid to semi-arid sandy area known as the Kalahari Basin. It covers 2.5 million square kilometres, stretching from the Orange River to cover most of Botswana and parts of Namibia. It is home to many game farms, nature reserves, the famous black-maned lion, antelope, giraffe, warthogs, jackals and meerkat. It's an incredible place to visit on an incentive trip.
7. The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park was the very first transfrontier park to be proclaimed in Africa and combines the attractions of the Gemsbok National Park in Botswana and the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park in South Africa. It's an untouched wilderness that covers a staggering 3,6 million hectares, and is situated about 250 km from Upington in the far Northern Cape. Here you will find black-maned lions, enchanting pygmy falcons and an abundance of antelope that follow century-old migration patterns through the park.
It is also home to the San and Mier communities who take visitors on spoor tracking excursions, show them how to recognise edible plants and how to find hidden water. Guided dune walks and game drives are just some of the activities available in this remote part of South Africa.
8. The Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape is a remarkable mountainous desert region in the north-west of the country that is uniquely owned and managed by the Nama communities.