The Northern CapeNorthern Cape Attractions
The Northern Cape boasts a colourful history and a variety of cultural tourist attractions and is particularly well known for its incredible annual floral display that takes place in Namaqualand. An utterly beautiful coastline and a number of unique national parks offer the tourist a very different experience of South Africa.
Mining has always defined the history in this part of South Africa and, when diamonds were discovered in Kimberley, unprecedented growth took place in the province. The last remaining true San (Bushman) people live in the Kalahari area of the Northern Cape.
The whole area, especially along the Orange and Vaal Rivers, is rich in San rock engravings. The province is also rich in fossils. The Northern Cape is divided into five distinct regions and offers many 'must-see' attractions.
Destinations and Regions of the Northern Cape
Stay? Accommodation in Diamond Fields
During the world's greatest diamond rush, hordes of prospectors converged on the Diamond Fields region, scouring the river banks and sifting soil in a frenetic quest for wealth. At times, there were as many as 30 000 diggers labouring all day...
More information and photographs: Diamond Fields Information
Overnight? Accommodation in Kalahari
The portion of the great Kalahari desert that lies in the Northern Cape Province is but part of a large arid to semi-arid sandy area known as the Kalahari Basin, covering 2.5 million square kilometres that stretch from the Orange River to cover...
More information and photographs: The Kalahari Information
Stay? Accommodation in Green Kalahari
The Green Kalahari is a world full of wonders and contrasts. Here is where the lush green vineyards stand proud in the valley bearing magical fruits not far from where the shimmering Orange River thunders into a deep granite gorge to create...
More information and photographs: Green Kalahari Information
Overnight? Accommodation in Namakwa
The Namakwa Region (commonly known as Namaqualand) extends from the Atlantic Ocean on the west coast, to the little town of Pofadder in the east, to the Orange River in the north, south to Garies, and includes the Hantam Karoo, along the southern border ...
More information and photographs: Namaqualand Information
Overnight? Accommodation in Upper Karoo
In the Upper Karoo region hardy succulents are complemented by grasses on which the regionís cattle graze. Seemingly countless windpumps are indicative of the countless streams that flow between cracks and fissures that lie beneath the dry but...
More information and photographs: Upper Karoo Information