Experience the Northern Cape, South Africa

Spending some quality time with your family in the Northern Cape? Here’s a short itinerary for one of the province’s six official tourism routes, the Quiver Tree Route, which stretches from Upington in a westerly direction through Keimoes and Kakamas, all the way to the Augrabies Falls National Park.

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Watch as the sun comes up from this incredible vantage point in the Augrabies Falls National Park. (Image: Northern Cape Tourism Authority)

Day one

The early bird catches the worm – or gets to spend a gloriously long day at the Augrabies Falls National Park. Get out of bed at the break of dawn and head directly from Upington (or wherever you are) to the park. Spend the day looking at the roaring Augrabies Falls from different angles and experiencing one of several hiking trails in the park.

Day two

Head to the hot springs at Riemvasmaak, where the kids can swim for hours on end while you relax with a book or just lie back and forget about the rest of the world.

If you have a 4x4, you can take the direct route from Augrabies. If you don’t have a 4x4, but a vehicle with a high ground clearance (and, perhaps we should add, nerves of steel), take the other route via Kakamas. The long, winding gravel road down to the pools will be worth it once you’re wallowing in the warm water, looking at the towering mountains around you.

Be sure to pack a picnic basket or take snacks, as there are no shops at the pools (Die Pienk Padstal in Kakamas is a great pit stop to buy home-made snacks and sweets).

Day three

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The three little pigs in Bezalel’s fairy-tale garden. (Image: Northern Cape Tourism Authority)

Spend the morning in the beautiful town of Keimoes. Make sure you head up Tierberg, from where you’ll have fantastic views of the area, and be able to see the water wheel that Keimoes is famous for. Ask a local to take you on a tour to one or two of the town’s islands.

If you’re heading back to Upington along the N14 in the afternoon, make sure you stop at Bezalel Wine and Brandy Estate for a taste of the estate’s finest wines and potstill brandy, while the little ones can explore the “Bootjie na Kammaland” (loosely translated as the “boat to an imaginary land”). This fantasy land, home t Humpty Dumpty, Snow White and the seven dwarfs, the three little pigs, Incy Wincy Spider and many of their friends, is situated in the gardens next to the Garden Café.

For more information about the Quiver Tree Route, email bookings@kokerboomroute.co.za or phone +27 (0)83 257 4736.