Northern Cape Things To Do

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The mostly desert and semi-desert region that lies south of the Orange River has, contrary to expectations, some of the most incredible landscapes, a history rich in San rock engravings, Namaqualand daisies in spring, gloriously clear skies, starry nights and the Richtersveld National Park among its claims. When travelling in the Northern Cape, visit Kimberley's Big Hole, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park; go rafting on the Orange River, see the daisies or visit the Augrabies Falls National Park where moon rock, potholes and echo corner are apt names for beautiful places. And don’t miss the oddly shaped quiver trees in Springbok or the Orange River Wine cellars co-op in Upington.

Dassie Trail Augrabies

Where? Augrabies
Start: Augrabies National Park, rest camp Finish: rest camp – the trail is circular Duration: 5 km Fitness: moderate Our tip: if you are in the reserve during summer, try to hike either early or late in ...

Oorlogskloof Rameron Pigeon Trail

Where? Nieuwoudtville
Start: Groot Tuin, Oorlogskloof Nature Reserve Finish: Groot Tuin Duration: 4 – 7 days, 53 km Fitness: moderately fit Our tip: pack a field guide to the area for the wild flowers The Rameron Pigeon ...

Richtersveld Donkey Trail

Where? Port Nolloth
Start: De Hoop campsite, Ai/Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park Finish: Hakkiesdoring hikers' camp Level: Intermediate Type of route: jeep track and donkey trail (hence its name), reserve roads, ...

Bella Roma Grill & Pizzeria

Where? Upington
This family friendly restaurant at the Desert Palace Hotel offers a fabulous menu and has something to suite all palates. Exceptional pizza’s and steaks are the more popular choice amongst visitors. Come ...

Calvinia Post Box

Where? Calvinia
Calvinia has a really big post box. Set on the right as you enter the town it stands six feet high and was originally a water tower. Officially 'opened' in 1994, the Post Box is Calvinia's most photographed ...

Hakskeen Pan MTB

Where? Askham
Where: Klipkolk Level: the pan is flat, no hills here, but don't get stuck out here for hours in the heat Type of route: this is a salt pan, expect sand, lots of it Distance: it's up to you Tip: take your ...

Sutherland Star Gazing Trip

Where? Sutherland
We depart late afternoon directly to Sutherland passing over the mountainous landscape turning into the flat Karoo once past Matroosberg. One of the most picturesque views is the plateau before Sutherland ...

Groenvlei Muishoek MTB Route

Where? Richmond
This intermediate mountain biking route is set over farm lands and tracks, it is about 18 to 55 kilometers long depending on the route you take. You should be able to complete the route in 3 to 4 hours. ...

Goegap Nature Reserve MTB Trails

Where? Springbok
Where: 15 km east of Springbok (in the direction of the airport, along the R355) Level: intermediate with some rocky sections (not good for children) Type of route: mostly jeep track and gravel road Best: ...

Bi Lo Bistro

Where? Upington
If you are looking for a fabulous steakhouse that offers bistro style meals and sumptuous seafood, then look no further. Bi Li Bistro is set in a stunning rural area and is a popular spot to bring the ...

Hantam Huis Restaurant

Where? Calvinia
Hantam Huis Restaurant is nestled in Calvinia, a little town in the Northern Cape Province that exudes a unique history and charm. This same elegance pervades the restaurant, which is situated in a building ...

SA Astronomical Observatory

Where? Sutherland, Upper Karoo
The Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) is the largest single optical telescope in the southern hemisphere, with a hexagonal mirror array 11 metres across. Although very similar to the Hobby-Eberly ...

Visit the Richmond Horse Museum

Where? Richmond
Housed in what was formerly, in the 1800’s, a school and boarding house, and more recently a cabinet maker’s workshops and residence, is the very unique Horse Museum of Richmond. It is only one of two such ...

Namaqua 4x4 Eco-Trail

Where? Pofadder
The Northern Cape may be South Africa’s largest province, but it remains characterised by its quiet open spaces that stretch on as far as the eye can see and its sparse landscapes. It is a nature-lover’s ...

Karoo Gariep Conservancy MTB Route

Where? Hanover
This a great ride for anyone, whether you are a beginner or experienced mountain biker. Starting at the New Holme Karoo Guestfarm, you will ride through various terrain, with sand, plains, rocks and ...

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