Experience the Northern Cape, South Africa

108 paddlers from across the nine provinces of South Africa will participate in a 2 days stage race covering 54km of the Canoe Marathon Orange Descent to held in Upington and surrounding areas from 7-8 November 2020.

The Northern Cape Tourism Authority supports the events as part of promoting the destination’s sport tourism and further position the events infrastructure as a potential must host in the Northern Cape. The Chairperson of the Northern Cape Tourism Authority (NCTA), Mr Colin Fortune shared his sentiments about the event.

“We are excited to support the Canoe Marathon Orange Descent event in the Green Kalahari region after not seeing events taking place for a long time this year due to Covid-19 pandemic and no spectators allowed at the event.

While we are all still observing the Covid-19 protocols outlined by the government, we are please to host such a number of paddlers in the Northern Cape. For 2 days these paddlers will be battling it out on the mighty Orange River trying to achieve the event winning record.

The event starts on Saturday 7 November at Die Punt Resort in Keimoes and will see the K1 SA River Champs taking on a challenge of 26km down stream towards Die Mas Resort in Kakamas. The last day of the race is on Sunday 8 November for the K2 SA River Champs and it will start at Sakkie se Arkie in Upington taking on a 28km race to the finish point at Oranje Rus Resort in Kanoneiland.

From the Provincial Tourism Destination, we wish the participants a warm hospitality of the Northern Cape and further encourage them to visit the Northern Cape with their families for the summer holidays and explore the beauty of the tourism offerings that awaits them. I also wish all the visitors to the province safe travels and ensure they abide to Covid-19 health protocols when travelling”, mentioned Mr Fortune. 


The !Ae!Hai Kalahari Heritage Park was voted as one of the 20 must do experiences for 2020 by the prestigious National Geographic Traveller, thus making the Northern Cape a Southern African “Bucket List” Destination. 

The province is divided into five regions namely the Diamond Fields, Green Kalahari, Kalahari, Karoo and Namakwaland. Each region offers one or more specially packaged route to give visitors an easy do-it-yourself option to explore the province’s incredible year-round experiences.

The Northern Cape further offers 2 World Heritage Sites, Khomani San Cultural Landscape and Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape, 6 Transfrontier and National Parks: Augrabies Falls National Park, Ai/Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Mokala National Park, Namaqua National Park and Tankwa Karoo National Park, the world’s 6th largest waterfall – the Augrabies, 2 of Africa’s largest deserts – Nama and the Kalahari, 2 of Africa’s mighty rivers, the Orange and Vaal  and 5 Provincial Nature Reserves: Doornkloof Nature Reserve, Goegap Nature Reserve, Rolfontein Nature Reserve, Oorlogskloof Nature Reserve and the famed roaring sands of the Kalahari at Witsand Nature Reserve.  


Released by the Northern Cape Tourism Authority, for enquiries please contact: Mr Tebogo Velembo- Marketing Communications Officer on +27 (0)71 462 3150 or email: tebogo@experiencenortherncape.com.