Experience the Northern Cape, South Africa

We’re only a few weeks into the new year and to help prospective visitors to the Northern Cape plan ahead, we’ve put together a mini “gig guide” highlighting a few not-to-be-missed events taking place in the coming months.

Whether you’ll be visiting the province for business or leisure, there’s always something fun and fascinating to look forward to.

Here’s what you can look forward to:

Under-19 Cricket World Cup: 17 January to 9 February 2020

The 2020 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup tournament is currently underway in Kimberley. The tournament will see 16 teams from all around the globe battling it out for the ultimate prize. The teams are split into groups of four, with countries such as South Africa, Australia, England, the West Indies, India and newcomers Nigeria all participating.

The Kimberley games take place at the Diamond Oval and the Country Club. Entry to all matches is absolutely free! This is your ideal opportunity to enjoy some exhilarating cricket action. 

For more information, visit: https://www.icc-cricket.com/u19-world-cup/.

Orange Descent: 20 and 21 March 2020

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Canoeing enthusiasts will descend on the Orange River in March for a 69km paddling challenge. (Image: Orange Descent)

Also known as the Orange River Canoe Marathon, the Orange Descent promises a great adventure for paddlers, seconds and supporters alike. The two-day stage race covers a distance of 69km of fantastic river paddling.

Come and discover one of South Africa’s most majestic rivers, the Orange River.

The weekend includes registration at the popular Orange River Wine Tasting Centre, where guests are welcome to indulge in a range of quality wines, as well as a river cruise on Sakkie se Arkie, a trip to the Augrabies Falls National Park, scrumptious meals and welcoming Northern Cape hospitality.

For more information, contact Waldo van der Linde at +27 (0)72 184 9090 or email info@stroke2max.com.

Kgalagadi Jazz Festival: 11 April 2020

The annual Kgalagadi Jazz Festival returns to the Northern Cape on 11 April 2020 at the Wrenchville Stadium in Kuruman. 

This highly anticipated music festival is set to put the province firmly on the entertainment map over the 2020 Easter weekend. The line-up features local legends on the jazz music scene, including Zonke, Lebo Sekgobela, Feya Faku, Selaelo Selota and Mlindo the Vocalist.

For more information about this event, keep an eye on Facebook for updates or phone Frans at +27 (0)60 840 2943.

Battle of the Provinces (spinning): 11 and 12 April 2020

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Over the Easter weekend, Kimberley is set for an epic motorsport showdown. (Image: Pixabay)

The Battle of the Provinces is coming back to the Northern Cape on 11 and 12 April 2020, and promises to be a spectacular motorsport showdown where spinners from across the province will battle it out for top honours.    

The Easter 2020 edition will take place in Kimberley. Keep tabs on Facebook for updates or call Ruwaan Engelbrecht at +27 (0)72 780 9254 for more information.

AfrikaBurn: 27 April to 3 May 2020

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Out-of-this-world costumes, performances and structures characterise what AfrikaBurn is all about. (Image: Eugene Goddard)

This year’s AfrikaBurn takes place from 27 April to 3 May 2020, in the small town of Tankwa in the Karoo region of the Northern Cape. This year’s theme is “Ex Afrika semper aliquid novi,” which means, “Out of Africa, always something new.”

This will be the final AfrikaBurn in the Northern Cape since the festival started in 2007. Its new home from 2021 will be at the Quaggafontein Farm, still in the Tankwa Karoo but on the Western Cape side.

AfrikaBurn is all about promoting a world of self-reliance, self-expression and communal effort. During the weeklong event, participants are encouraged to treat Tankwa town as a blank canvas where everyone can experiment, tinker, play and explore through the creation of art, as well as building and burning structures that reach up to the sky.

Here, one can expect to see iconic features such as custom-made costumes, performances, theme camps and mutant vehicles among many, many other things in the heart of the desert.

For more information, visit https://www.afrikaburn.com/ or email info@afrikaburn.com.