Experience the Northern Cape, South Africa

Looking for a memorable holiday, with a stunning photo album to show for it? Then the Northern Cape is the place to be this summer. Here are some of the picture-perfect places you can explore in the province of extremes.


The Northern Cape’s flower season (August to mid-September) practically turns the whole province into a colourful canvas. The Namaqualand region is one of the prime spots from which to enjoy this floral kaleidoscope, which attracts tourists and professional photographers from all over the world.

During the flower season parts of the Namaqua National Park are transformed into luxurious camping sites, and tents are erected amid the flowers. The views are nothing short of picture perfect. 

The region is also not to be missed in summer. There are countless outdoor activities to enjoy with abundant opportunities for stunning photos. 

Kalahari Red Dune Route

Red Dune
On the lookout. (Image: Northern Cape Tourism Authority)

This popular route starts just north of Upington and goes all the way to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. In addition to taking in the sights and snapping pictures of striking red dunes, there’s a wide range of activities to enjoy along the route. These include dune boarding, camel riding and 4x4 trails, game drives, guided walks and birding excursions.

Eye of Kuruman

Eye Kuruman
Gasegonyane – the little water calabash. (Image: Saartjie Klipkop)

The Eye of Kuruman is a marvellous oasis in the dry plains of the Kalahari. The natural spring, which has never dried out, even during droughts, is the water source for the residents of Kuruman.

The Eye of Kuruman is reportedly the largest natural spring in the southern hemisphere. It gushes out 20-million litres of natural spring water into a clear pool surrounded by a lush garden. The pool is home to several fish species, but fishing is prohibited. No one will stop you from snapping those selfies, though.

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Her majesty. (Image: Brendon Cremer )

This transfrontier park in the southern Kalahari Desert is an unspoilt expanse of wilderness – it’s the ideal backdrop for stunning wildlife pictures. The park straddles South Africa and Botswana, covering 3.8-million hectares, making it one of the largest conservation areas in the world.

Sparse vegetation draws the animals to the dry riverbeds of the Auob and Nossob rivers, making the park the perfect destination for wildlife viewing. There are approximately 300 bird species, and over 100 mammal and reptile species, in the park.

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