Experience the Northern Cape, South Africa

The Northern Cape province is always packed with events and activities that tourists and adventurers can look forward to all year long.

Below, we have profiled five events that will keep you warm during the cold winter months ...

Feel the burn at AfrikaBurn: 29 April to 5 May 2019

AfrikaBurn takes place each year in the small town of Tankwa in the Karoo region of the Northern Cape. This year’s theme is Ephemeropolis, which is adapted from the Greek word ephemeros and describes a state of things being transitory and only existing briefly.

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Expect to see colossal structures that leave a lasting impression at AfrikaBurn in the middle of the desert. (Image: Eugene Goddard)

At AfrikaBurn, a world of self-reliance, self-expression and communal effort is promoted. Participants get together to create art, building and then burning structures that punctuate the sky. It features custom-made costumes, performances, theme camps and mutant vehicles among many, many other things in the heart of the desert.

For more information, visit its website or email info@afrikaburn.com.

View the partial lunar eclipse in Upington: 16 July 2019

Space.Com defines a partial lunar eclipse as an event that occurs when the Earth's shadow covers part of the moon, as can be seen from Upington in the Northern Cape this winter. According to NASA’s list of predictable lunar eclipses during the 21st century, Earth will experience 228 such eclipses until 2100.

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Upington is the only place in Africa where the 2019 partial lunar eclipse lunar will be visible. (Image: Unsplash)

This year’s lunar eclipse on 16 July 2019 will be five hours and 34 minutes in duration. On the African continent, the eclipse can only be seen from Upington in the Northern Cape, while people in Australia, South America and Asia will also able to see this spectacle created by Mother Nature on the day. Be sure to add the partial lunar eclipse to your to-do list during your winter trip to the province.

Gaze at the stars in Sutherland

Sutherland in the Northern Cape is known for its clear night skies, and for its quiet summer evenings and snowy winter nights. Here, visitors can experience snow, hot chocolate, gluhwein and toasty fires while relishing one of the world’s prime stargazing destinations.

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Sutherland’s night skies offer one of the best stargazing experiences in the southern hemisphere. (Image: South African Tourism)

The South African Astronomical Observatory is located in Sutherland, a small town that’s considered the astronomical heart of South Africa, with a million stars reflecting the universe’s distant planets and galaxies. Various day and night tours are offered at the observatory by trained and knowledgeable guides and, depending on the season and the month, these tours can range between two and four hours in length.

For bookings, contact +27 (0)23 571 2436 or email suthbookings@saao.ac.za.

Bike through the wilderness in the Trans Augrabies MTB race: 15 to 17 June 2019

The Trans Augrabies MTB race takes place from 15 to 17 June 2019 and covers a total distance of more than 247km. The three-day stage competition takes mountain bikers through the spectacular Augrabies Falls National Park and surrounding areas, including Riemvasmaak, Kakamas, Keimoes and Kanoneiland.

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Cyclists will race through the magnificent Augrabies Falls National Park and the vineyards of Kakamas along the Orange River. (Image: Trans Augrabies MTB Stage Race)

Participants ride through the vast landscape of the Green Kalahari and the vineyards alongside the Gariep River, popularly known as the Orange River. The route navigates through various types of terrain, including 136km of gravel tracks, 85km of jeep tracks and 14km of single tracks, as well as tar roads. Cyclists will have the opportunity to view game and will cross the Orange River on a floating bridge. While the race is on, supporters and family can visit food stalls, restaurants and wine cellars along the route.

For more information, contact +27 (0)71 874 5187 or email info@transaugrabiesmtb.co.za.

Augrabies Falls Klipspringer Challenge: 27 to 28 April 2019

The Klipspringer Hiking Trail is a fan favourite among intrepid and tough hikers – and now trailrunners can also test their mettle amid the gorges of the mighty Orange River and the unspoilt wilderness of the Northern Cape in the Augrabies Falls National Park.

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This water station in the Augrabies Falls National Park is arguably the world’s most spectacularly located trail-race aid station. (Image: Droneeye Videos)

The trail run is broken up into two two-day races: the Klipspringer Challenge, covering distances of up to 33km each day, and the Klipspringer Lite trail, which covers about 21km per day. Both races start and finish at the Augrabies Falls National Park rest camp.

The Klipspringer Challenge is an excellent opportunity for runners who wish to explore the scenic landscapes offered by the province of extremes, including stunning trails along the popular Orange River Canyon.

For bookings, email info@klipspringerchallenge.co.za or visit the website.