Experience the Northern Cape, South Africa

With only a few months left to go before the end of 2019, we have rounded up some great spring and summer events that are due to be hosted in the Northern Cape. 

Extreme river adventures, desert foot races and international film festivals – you can look forward to these and more when visiting the province. Here’s a taste of what’s in store:

Desert Knights MTB Tour: 10 to 16 September 2019

Desert Knights
The Desert Knights MTB Tour combines adventure sports such as cycling and canoeing in the remote wilderness of the Northern Cape. (Image: Desert Knights)

The Desert Knights MTB Tour takes place in the ǀAi-ǀAis/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park, which is perfectly suited to adventure sports with its exquisite mountain scenery, remote wilderness character, and the presence of a major river within a desert environment.

During this tour, participants take part in five days of cycling, some of it at night under the spectacle of a full moon, and one day of canoeing along the gigantic Orange River.

For more information, phone +27 (0)82 466 1251 or email info@desertknights-mtb.com.

Ghaap River Xtreme Festival – 27 and 28 September 2019

Ghaap River Xtreme Facebook Page
Road races, marathons and helicopter rides are some of the fun activities visitors can look forward to at the Ghaap River Xtreme Festival. (Image: Ghaap RiverXtreme)

Activities at this year’s Ghaap River Xtreme Festival at Broadwater River Estate near Douglas will include a waterski tournament, a barefoot ski show, road races on rugged terrain, a mountain bike race, hot-air balloon flights and a controlled aeroplane show.

Call Riana Engelbrecht at +27 (0)79 896 6622 or +27 (0)76 676 6733, or email dariva@xsinet.co.za for more information.

South Africa Kalahari Rally: 5 to 11 October 2019

Kalahari Rally 2019
The Kalahari Rally is six-stage race that meanders through riverbeds, mountains and sand dunes. (Image: Kalahari Rally 2019)

The Kalahari Rally is an annual event that originated in 2014 and is organised by Roberts Racing. This year’s rally features a total racing distance of between 2 600km and 3 607km in the Kalahari Desert. 

The race has six stages that will see participants driving through riverbeds, over mountains and through sand dunes, including in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Askham, Van Zylsrus and Heuningvlei in the Northern Cape, before heading to the North West Province and parts of Botswana.

For more information, call Garth Roberts at +27 (0)83 732 5566 or email info@kalaharirally.com.

Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon: 10 to 20 October 2019

Augrabies Final Extreme Marathon
The Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon attracts those who want to experience desert thrills, from elite athletes to slow runners and adventure hikers. (Image: Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon)

The Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon is a desert foot race where participants have to carry all their supplies (food, clothes and safety/survival equipment) throughout the course of the event. The race has six legs, with distances ranging from 28km to 75km a day.

This marathon takes place in the Kalahari Desert and includes the Augrabies Falls National Park as part of its route. Participants can expect to see abundant wildlife while enjoying the beautiful and rugged scenery.

For more information, phone +27 (0)83 254 4824 or email nadia@kaem.co.za.

International Tourism Film Festival Africa: 20 to 24 November 2019

Visitors can expect to see tourism documentaries as well as short films and travel videos. (Image: Unsplash)

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 festival will be held at the Apollo Theatre in Victoria West.

The event is organised by the Sustainable Tourism Partnership Programme, with the assistance of Brand South Africa and the International Committee of Tourism Film Festivals. It aims to help develop domestic and international tourism while encouraging the growth of the local film industry. Visitors can expect to see tourism documentaries as well as short films, travel videos and other forms of cinematic content.

For more information, phone Caroline Ungersbock at +27 (0)82 880 6350, visit https://itff.africa/ or email caroline@stpp.co.za

The Munga MTB race: 27 November to 2 December 2019

The 1 000km Munga race starts in Bloemfontein, goes through the Rolfontein Nature Reserve and ends in the Western Cape. (Image: The Munga MTB)

The Munga is a 1 000km mountain bike race that takes place every summer and features part of the Northern Cape on its route. The race starts in Bloemfontein, cuts through the Rolfontein Nature Reserve 16km north of Petrusville, and ends in Wellington in the Western Cape.

The event was created in 2014 by Alex Harris and takes participants through five race villages, where riders can rest, eat and get mechanical assistance. Participants are required to carry everything they will need along the route on their bikes.

For more information, email info@themunga.com.