NORTHERN CAPE’S MOST PICTURE-PERFECT PLACES
The Northern Cape, South Africa’s largest province, ranges through a variety of breathtaking landscapes, recognizable landmarks, and incredible photo opportunities. From the breezy, inhabited West Coast, to the lush Nama-Karoo towards the oasis of the Orange River, and upwards into the drier red dunes of the Kalahari Desert.
The province has six national parks, two of the largest rivers in the nation, and is home to superlative natural treasures like the Riemvasmaak Hot Springs, the 56-meter-high Augrabies Falls, breathtaking night skies, and the ever-popular winter rainfall season, when the vibrant blossoms cover the landscape.
These are some of our recommendations for the most Instagrammable and photo-friendly travel destinations in the Northern Cape.
1. Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park is a national park located around Augrabies Falls, about 120 km west of Upington in the Northern Cape Province, South Africa. Aukoerebis, also known as the location of the Great Noise and is a location in the dry Northern Cape that is surrounded by mountains, rivers, and waterfalls.
2. Anywhere on the Orange River
The Orange river is the longest river in South Africa with an astonishing total length of 2,432 kilometers. Water sports enthusiasts can enjoy a number of activities on or along the river, including white-water rafting, hiking, fly fishing, canoeing, and more.
3. Kalahari Red Dune Route
Situated north of Upington, in the Northern Cape province of South Africa, the Kalahari Red Dune Route offers a variety of activities that highlight the Kalahari, including dune-boarding, game drives, guided hikes, birding tours, and other eco-inclined pursuits for nature lovers.
4. Sutherland night sky
Located just outside of Sutherland – a small town >span class=”apple-converted-space”> Roggeveld Mountains in the Karoo – is Sterland. Sterland Stargazing offers stargazing with up to six G P S telescopes at an observatory where you can see into infinity, after a short introduction to the stars and constellations that are visible from Southern Africa. A great experience for everyone – adults and children alike!
Escape the city and visit a number of small and interesting towns, such as Springbok, Pofadder, and Kathu in the Northern Cape and experience the most breathtaking display of wildflowers in the Southern Hemisphere. And while the Namaqualand daisies are certainly an attraction that everyone should see, visitors can look forward to a number of other attractions which will surprise and delight visitors to this stunning area.
6. The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
Suited between the border of South Africa and Botswana and approximately 250 km from Upington in the far Northern Cape, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is a large wildlife preserve and conservation area in southern Africa.
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park offers some of the best places in the world for wildlife viewing because of the limited vegetation and animal concentration in the dry riverbeds of the Auob and Nossob Rivers. The seasonal movement of large herbivores like the blue wildebeest, springbok, eland, and red hartebeest is as well-known, as its reputation for predator observation.