The Northern Cape is a landscape of vast, arid plains, broken only by the odd haphazard rock pile. It is this very desert scene and blazing sunshine that allows for the quality of space and silence found nowhere else in South Africa. This is the land of San rock art, diamond diggings, safaris and game parks – Richtersveld National Park, Vaalbos National Park, Witsand Nature Reserve and the Tswalu Private Desert Reserve. Across this landscape flows the Orange River, intermittently a silent trickle while in other parts it carries the full wrath of a river in flood. The presence of the river has allowed for historic towns and villages along its banks that have transformed large stretches of land into fields of cotton, lucerne, dates and grapes.
Kimberley, the diamond capital of the world’s Big Hole, has received a recent face-lift offering spectacular, thrilling views over the hole on a cantilevered platform - a unique backdrop for a wedding with a difference. The green Kalahari region offers a number of photo moments against the background of the spectacular Augrabies Falls or the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park, while the immense, spacious plains of the Karoo offer a not-so-gentle landscape with intense blue skies and distant horizons.
In complete contrast is the Kuruman Valley, the 'oasis of the Kalahari' set on the edge of the Kalahari. The town, seeped in missionary history, has a permanent source of water that delivers some 20 million litres daily. Stunning scenery, a largely pollution-free atmosphere - allowing for some of the most awesome stargazing under skies unblemished by buildings or man's footprint – and the unique ability of this arid land to shed its barrenness to make way for the rich riot of colour that explodes every spring in a brilliant array of wild flowers, makes the Northern Cape such a unique wedding experience. [close]