Experience the Northern Cape, South Africa

The Northern Cape is home to fascinating indigenous fauna and flora. Because of its abundance of wildlife, the province has a variety of nature reserves, game lodges and more. If you’re looking to visit the region and love the outdoors, we’ve rounded up a selection of game lodges you might enjoy.

Tutwa Desert Lodge

Located near the small town of Augrabies, Tutwa Desert Lodge offers eco-friendly accommodation and gives guests the option of a number of experiences to choose from. The lodge has a series of Outventures, outdoor activities that include paddling on the Orange River, fly-fishing and game walks. Guests are also welcome to join a safari and see wildlife in its natural habitat. Please note that the lodge doesn’t cater for children under the age of 10.

Gamagara Safari Lodge

Named after the dry Gamagara River and situated in the heart of the Kalahari, this safari lodge offers a one-of-a-kind experience. Whether you’re visiting for a holiday, wedding or team-building event, the lodge is exclusive and only caters for a few guests at a time. Start the morning off with a game drive for a fun-filled adventure, or even as a romantic anniversary gift. The best part? The venue offers an all-inclusive package, including meals and game drives.

Gamagara Safari Lodge
A partial view of the restaurant and pool (Image: Gamagara Safari Lodge )

Chapman Safari Lodge

If you’re looking for peace, quiet and privacy, then this Kuruman lodge is the ideal choice. Chapman Safari Lodge is a small accommodation venue with only 16 rooms. Situated just 8km from Kuruman, guests can easily drive into town if necessary. Take a dip in the pool, have a braai or simply enjoy a game drive with your family. Book your spot to avoid disappointment.

Camp Nguni

In the mood for a Karoo adventure? Camp Nguni is a wildlife reserve with plenty of outdoor activities for those who love to try something new. Enjoy a game drive or a bush walk as you explore a part of the 1 000ha that form the reserve. Guests who enjoy mountain biking can experience the Karoo on two wheels. Bring along a camera and some comfy shoes to make sure you enjoy your trip.

Rhinos at Camp Nguni
Spot the rhino at Camp Nguni (Image: Camp Nguni)

Mattanu Private Game Reserve

A four-star-rated game lodge with breathtaking views, this private game reserve is perfect for a luxurious getaway. There are a variety of different accommodation options, from luxury safari tents to log cabins. Guests can lounge around the pool, have a drink or two from the private cellar and enjoy authentic South African cuisine. The lodge also offers helicopter game viewing, fly-fishing and quad biking for the adrenaline junkies. Be sure to book well in advance to secure your spot.

Mattanu Lodge
An aerial view of Mattanu's luxurious accommodation (Image: Mattanu Private Game Reserve )