Experience the Northern Cape, South Africa

The first half of the year has gone by with lightning speed and for the second part of 2019, we’ve compiled a selection of fascinating, not-to-be-missed adventure sports activities you can look forward to in the province of extremes.

There are events for every taste and budget, from motorsport to extreme sports, mountain bike riding to waterskiing and marathon running. See you in the Northern Cape!

New Generation Invasion Spin Show: 27 July 2019

New Generation Invasion Show
All proceeds from this motorsport event are donated to charity. (Image: Team Passion)

Thousands of motorsport lovers and followers across the country will make their way to the Monstermob Raceway to attend one of Kimberley’s most vibrant and entertaining shows – the New Generation Invasion Spin Show. Proceeds will go to assist children with disabilities.

For more information, phone Preston at +27 (0)79 603 8816.

Namaqua Quest Three-day Mountain Bike Stage Race: 6 to 8 September 2019

Namaqua Quest Mountain Bike Stage Race
Tough climbs, downhill and technical sections are all part of the mix at the Namaqua Quest Mountain Bike Stage Race. (Image: Namaqua Quest)

The Namaqua Quest Three-day Mountain Bike Stage Race is arguably South Africa's most beautiful multi-day stage race, held at Jakkalswater Guest Farm in Springbok. The race trail consists of flower-covered valleys, rugged mountains, ancient canyons carved by the hands of time and plains with grazing gemsbok, zebra and springbok.

For more information, phone Debbie at +27 (0)83 294 5260 or +27 (0)83 662 2022, or email debbie@wildtrail.co.za.

Desert Knights MTB Tour: 10 to 16 September 2019

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This cycling tour is characterised by remote wilderness terrain and the presence of a major river. (Image: Desert Knights MTB Tour)

The Desert Knights MTB Tour takes place in the vast, open plains of the ǀAi-ǀAis/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park, which is perfectly suited for adventure sports activities with its beautiful mountainous 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 mighty Orange River. 

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

Ghaap River XTreme Festival: 27 to 28 September 2019

Ghaap River Xtreme
This festival is filled with the promise of boundless adventures. (Image: Ghaap River Xtreme)

Activities at the Ghaap River Xtreme festival at the 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. 

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

Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon: 10 to 20 October 2019

Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon
The race has six legs, with distances ranging from 28km to 75km a day. (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 race. The race has six legs, with distances ranging from 28km to 75km a day.

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

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

The Munga MTB race: 27 November to 2 December 2019

This 1 000km mountain bike race covers three provinces: the Free State, Northern Cape and 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 in 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