About the Northern Cape
The Northern Cape is South Africa's largest province and a must-see destination, whether you prefer the ocean, the desert, the bush or quirky towns rich in history and culture.
Routes to explore
Main centres: Carnarvon, Williston, Fraserburg, Loxton, Vorsburg and Victoria West Region: Colloquially known as the Karoo Highlands Ever yearned for a space so vast that
Main centres: Upington, Askham, Reinfontein Region: Colloquially known as the Kalahari This area of the Northern Cape province is truly the heart of the Kalahari. Here
Main Centres: Garies, Kamieskroon, Springbok, Okiep, Nababeep, Carolusberg, Steinkopf and Vioolsdrift The Cape to Namibia Route stretches along the N7 through the Northern Cape province before meandering away
The Quiver Tree Route highlights some of the attractions that can be found along the stretch of the Orange River, including activities, accommodation, restaurants and sightseeing.
Main centres: Port Nolloth, Steinkopf, Eksteensfontein, Sendelingsdrift Region: Colloquially known as the Richtersveld The Richtersveld is a mountainous desert situated in the north-west corner of South
Main centres: Hondeklip Bay, Koingnaas, Noup, Kleinzee, Groenriviermond Region: Colloquially known as Namaqualand In spring, hordes of tourists flock to what is colloquially known as Namaqualand.
Popular things to do in the Northern Cape
The San (Bushmen) people are found in the Northern Cape in South Africa and parts of Botswana, Namibia and even southern Angola. They are one of 14 known remaining “ancestral population c
Float, paddle, drift, raft and navigate the Orange River, through the arid and strikingly beautiful Richtersveld. Blue skies, warm weather and lapping water make for an allround spectacular outdoor experience
Four star luxury tented accommodation, game viewing by helicopter, quad bike or vehicle. Outstanding cuisine and all round excellent Kalahari bushveld experience.
The king of beasts flops down on the top of a sand dune, the dry desert wind ruffling his dark mane as he surveys the sprawling plain dotted with thorn
There are an estimated 5 400 plant species in the Northern Cape that occur in six large biomes: the Nama Karoo Biome, Succulent Karoo Biome, Savanna Biome, Grassland Biome, Fynbos Biome
1-4 Day Canoe Safaris down the Orange River.
The early missionaries who travelled to the interior became adventurers in their own right. Not only did one require a considerable amount of courage and faith, but an immense will
This small nature reserve was named after the rocky protrusion that is the Spitskop granite kopppie outside of Upington. As small as it is, this reserve boasts large herds springbuck
The donkey cart is a traditional mode of transport in these parts and although there are many modern vehicles on the roads of the Northern Cape, some of the population
Activities at this year's Ghaap RiverXtreme festival will take place in the small town of Douglas in
Join the excitement and have some friends-and-family fun at the Lazy Hippo MTB Stage Race, which will be held in
The Kalahari Rally is an annual event that originated in 2014 and is organised by Roberts Racing. This year’s rally f
The Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon is a desert foot race where participants have to carry all their supplies (food, clothes
The Northern Cape will be hosting South Africa’s first-ever International Tourism Film Festival Africa from 20 to 24 November 2019. The four-day f
The national spotlight will fall on Upington on 24 September 2019, as the official host city for this year’s Heritage Day c
Did you know that the first authenticated diamond that triggered the 19th-century diamond rush in the Northern Cape wasn’t f
The Northern Cape is not just a playground for adventurers and thrill seekers, and those in search of abundant wildlife
The Northern Cape may be famous for its endless desertscapes and its annual wildflower displays in Namaqualand, but many people
It’s almost time for the Northern Cape’s dry landscapes to be transformed into a magical wonderland of cheerful wil
More and more adventurous travellers are discovering the Northern Cape as a province of incredible scenic beauty, rich heritage and
Whether you’re an ace at flipping, carving, grinding and sliding – or you simply love watching skateboarders perform their gravity-defying tri