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: 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: Hondeklip Bay, Koingnaas, Noup, Kleinzee, Groenriviermond Region: Colloquially known as Namaqualand In spring, hordes of tourists flock to what is colloquially known as Namaqualand.
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
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: Postmasburg, Griquatown, Campbell, Olifantshoek, Dibeng (Deben), Kathu, Daniȅlskuil, Kuruman Region: Colloquially known as the Ghaap Route, it is located in what was formerly
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: The route takes the traveller into one of the most interesting and beautiful areas of South Africa’s Northern Cape province and embraces the towns a
Popular things to do in the Northern Cape
This 7 000 hectare nature reserve, just east of Springbok, supports 600 different indigenous plant species, 45 mammal species and 94 bird species. The characteristic granite domes and peaks of the region contrast with the
Bring your bikes and cycle the trails in the Augrabies National Park. Kids will love splashing through the shallow water that runs over the causeways. The whole family can appreciate
Kudu, wildebees, springbuck, hartebees, buffalo, zebra and warthog are among the creatures that roam this Kalahari wilderness. Vacillating between Kalahari, Nama Karoo and Karoo mountain vegetation, the reserves rich biodiversity
We offer all sorts of river rafting options, from a few hours on the Orange River to a few days and we cater for all sorts of river-goers, from the
If you love to cast a line in the water, be it a fly or bait rod, Khamkirri has 3km of river frontage on the magnificent Orange River that offer
The frenetic activity, the extraordinary web of pulley cables leading to a six-storey staging platform and the sight of up to 30 000 miners working 3 600 claims over 17ha have faded into the
Conducting research into astronomy and astrophysics, the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) is the national centre for optical and infrared astronomey. The primary telescopes are located in Sutherland, in the
The Northern Cape has a history as colourful as the people that inhabit it. From noble characters such as Sol Plaatje and Henrietta Stockdale who have done much to contribute
The use of this building has metamorphosised over the years since its initial construction in 1897, when Cecil John Rhodes’ commissioned it as a sanatorium. As such, it served as his r
The 12th annual Kuruman Charity Run is back and promises to be as much fun as ever! The three-day event
Also known as the Orange River Canoe Marathon, the Orange Descent promises a great adventure for paddlers and supporters. The
The Battle of the Provinces is coming back to the Northern Cape on 11 and 12 April 2020, and promises to be a
The annual Kgalagadi Jazz Festival returns to the Northern Cape on 11 April 2020 at the Mothibistad Stadium in Kuruman.
The 12th annual Wildeklawer Schools Rugby and Netball Tournament will take place from 23 to 25 April 2020 in Kimberley.
Pegged as South Africa’s preferred extreme sports destination, the Northern Cape is home to breathtaking scenery – from the Namaqualand's dai
This year, Colesberg celebrates 190 years of formal existence – making it one of the oldest towns in the Northern Cape. Many o
We’re only a few weeks into the new year and to help prospective visitors to the Northern Cape plan a
The decade has finally made a turn and ushered in 2020. It’s the perfect time to reset and explore the a
Most people have heard of Africa’s Big Five – lion, leopard, rhino, Cape buffalo and elephant – but few know about the S
The Go Ghaap! Route is one of eight main Northern Cape tourism routes, with quirky small towns that have fascinating
Afrikaans is a colourful and descriptive language, and is the most-spoken tongue in the Northern Cape. As a result, many