Experience the Northern Cape, South Africa

The Northern Cape is South Africa’s largest and least populated province. It is also home to two World Heritage Sites, an astronomical observatory and the annual wildflower blooms that mark the arrival of the spring season.

The stunning natural beauty of the province is unparalleled, with plenty of not-to-be-missed landmarks and attractions – and Instagram seems to agree.

With no shortage of breathtaking photo opportunities in the Northern Cape, Instagrammers continued their love affair with the Province of Extremes in the first half of 2019 – with even more striking photos sure to follow. Small wonder that several of the province’s attractions have been named among South Africa’s most “instagrammable” places!

So, pack your camera and make sure your powerbank is fully charged, so you never miss an opportunity to snap the amazing scenery, wildlife, natural succulents and birds in one of Mother Nature’s most magnificent playgrounds.

Here’s our pick of the top Instagram pics of 2019 so far:

Characterised by a semi-desert and red dunes, the 38 000km² Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park straddling South Africa and Botswana is Prozac for the soul and a real wilderness "fix". Thinking of a visit? Then gear yourself up to witness birds of prey, cheetah, hyena, honey badger and bat-eared fox, as well as meerkats, in their natural habitat.

What’s the hurry? Stop, reflect on the stillness and stark natural beauty around you, and take a few snaps along the road leading to the Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape World Heritage Site, bordering the |Ai|Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park.

Whether you are looking to take some great photos or completely lose yourself in nature, you are guaranteed to find something that speaks to your soul in the ǀAi-ǀAis/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park.

Not only does the stunning Northern Cape offer an abundance of adventures, it is also rich in historical and cultural attractions, such as the Magersfontein battlefield site. The area is situated a short distance south of Kimberley and is where a fierce battle broke out during the South African War (Anglo-Boer War) on 11 December 1899.

Come experience, and capture on camera for posterity, millions of stars reflecting the universe’s distant planets and galaxies in the province famously known as the astronomical heart of South Africa. Sweeping landscapes and clean air make towns such as Sutherland one of the world’s prime stargazing destinations.

Expect cute sightings and audacious poses when roaming through the Mokala National Park, located 70km south-west of Kimberley.

“When in Rome, do as the Romans do,” and when in the Augrabies Falls National Park – do as the local residents do.

Take a sho’t left to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park – one of the largest conservation areas in the world – and we guarantee you won’t leave disappointed.

The Vanderkloof Dam is the second-largest dam in South Africa, having the highest dam wall in the country at 108m tall. The dam’s water source is the mighty Orange River, South Africa’s largest river.

Whether you choose to do a self-drive, venture out there on your own as a solo traveller or go on a group tour, there’s plenty to do and see in the Northern Cape. You are guaranteed to leave with a camera or smartphone full of stunning images to remind you of the scenic beauty that you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere else.