Experience the Northern Cape, South Africa

The winter school holidays are here and children everywhere will be clamouring to be entertained. Stave off the "I'm bored" refrain – and explore the Northern Cape at the same time – with one of these five ideas.

1. Take time out on the Karoo Highlands Route

Situated in the southern part of the province, the Karoo Highlands Route incorporates the small Karoo towns of Nieuwoudtville, Calvinia, Williston, SutherlandFraserburg, Carnarvon, Loxton and Victoria West. Meet the locals, enjoy hearty Karoo food and experience the Northern Cape's local attractions, ranging from astronomy and architecture to Anglo-Boer War sites and rock art.

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2. Taste your way along the Kokerboom Food and Wine Route

Located in an arid zone where the Kalahari and the Nama Karoo deserts meet, the Kokerboom Food and Wine Route showcases a region of the province that is turned into a lush oasis by the Orange River.

Towns and settlements on the route are Keimoes, KanoneilandKenhardt, Augrabies, Upington and Marchand. Here attractions include culture, adventure, nature and, of course, the local food and wine offerings that, in addition to the indigenous quiver tree, gave rise to the route's name.

3. Explore Augrabies Falls National Park

The Augrabies Falls National Park covers an area of 820km² and stretches along the Orange River. The name Augrabies was derived from Ankoerebis (literally the "place of big noises"), the Khoikhoi people's original name for the waterfall. Go on a day hike, a night drive or a canoe safari. Take your mountain bike out for spin or spend an afternoon birdwatching.

There are several accommodation options in the park, ranging from camp sites and self-catering chalets to luxury guest houses, so there is something for every level of traveller.

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4. Have a sandy adventure on the Kalahari Red Dune Route

Make memories in the heart of the Kalahari by getting to grips with all the cultural activities on offer along the Kalahari Red Dune Route. Learn to shoot the bow and arrow or try local delicacies such as Kalahari truffle. Best known for its adventure and adrenaline offerings, you can enjoy sandboarding down a massive red dune, go camel riding or 4x4 trailing.

5. Venture into the |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park

The |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park straddles the Orange River border between South Africa and Namibia. From South Africa, visitors are able to cross the river, with their vehicles, via a pont at Senglesdrift into the Namibian side of the park.

Managed by the local Nama people and South African National Parks, the park, which boasts kloofs, high mountains and rugged terrain, is not for the faint-hearted traveller: it is only accessible by means of a 4x4 vehicle. The park has five camping sites that all have full ablution facilities, while the four surrounding Richtersveld community towns also offer unique new accommodation.