The Northern Cape is the proud host of many national and international sporting events, held at its iconic venues in Kimberley and throughout the province.
Cricket and rugby
During the respective sporting seasons, the Northern Cape hosts the home matches of its home teams, the Griquas (rugby) and Griqua Diamonds (cricket), while they battle for national and international glory.
A combination of scenic surroundings and high-quality dining in relaxed and friendly environs ensures these matches are ideal for either discussing business with clients and colleagues, or simply relaxing with friends and family.
Rugby matches – Played at Tafel Lager Park (formerly Griqua Stadium/GWK Stadium) in Kimberley. Regularly hosts provincial Currie Cup and other matches.
Cricket matches – Played at the iconic Kimberley Diamond Oval, which dates back to the days of the diamond rush. Regularly hosts provincial and international T20 and one-day international events, as well as several matches (including the opening game) during the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup in 2020. As the VKB Knights, the Griquas also play franchise cricket (combined with the Free State) in the Momentum One-Day Cup, with several fixtures being played in Kimberley.
Other sporting events:
A number of key cultural and music events are staged throughout the province every year. These include the Kalahari Desert Festival, celebrating the San culture, and the Pella Festival, celebrating the Nama culture.
These festivals pay homage to the unique and ancient cultures within the Northern Cape province, and are well known for giving visitors the chance to sample authentic indigenous song and dance, while offering great photo opportunities.