AN EXTRAORDINARY SOUTH AFRICAN HOLIDAY ADVENTURE EXPERIENCE!
Majestically reaching over 360 000 sq kilometers from the world-renowned Kalahari Desert to the arid plains of the Karoo, the Northern Cape, South Africa, offers visitors unique adventure experiences. With its open spaces, friendly people, rich history and unique cultural diversity, this land of the extreme, promises an extraordinary holiday adventure experience.
FIVE MUST DO REASONS TO CHOOSE THE NORTHERN CAPE AS YOUR SOUTHERN AFRICAN ADVENTURE DESTINATION:
1. REWARDING CULTURAL ADVENTURES
The distinct cultural groups that make up the Northern Cape are as rich as the country’s history. Unlock the secrets of the African bush in the company of the oldest human inhabitants of the region, the ‡Khomani San near the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Swim in the hot pools of Riemvasmaak, discover the ancient wisdom of the Nama of the Richtersveld, a world heritage site. Explore living villages, shop at craft markets, indulge in regional authentic cuisine at local eateries and be transported to the world of our ancestors through campfire storytelling and dancing. It’s the best way to experience the heartbeat of the province and to take some of the soul of the Northern Cape with you on your return journey home.
2. ADVENTURE OF THE BEATEN TRACK
For the active, it’s an ideal environment for exploration and adventure. We have an awe-inspiring setting for any enthusiast. Whether you are stargazing in Sutherland, hunting for fossils in the Karoo or searching for San rock art deep in the caves of the Diamond Fields, experiencing the world’s richest floral offering in Namakwa, camping deep in the bush surrounded by wildlife and the famed black-maned lion of the Green Kalahari, or Kayaking down the mighty Orange River, the Northern Cape is more than an adventure, it’s an enriching life experience.
3. FAMILY ADVENTURE EXPERIENCES
The Northern Cape has always been a family- friendly destination. Its mix of culture, adventure, wildlife and wide accommodation choices, offers family fun that is both entertaining and educational. The province is home to six national parks and two of the country’s largest rivers, which makes it perfect for fun activities the whole family can enjoy. These include game safaris, bird watching and leisure hikes and walks to winery tours, museum visits and archaeological discoveries.
4. NATURAL BEAUTY AND WILDLIFE ADVENTURES
The Northern Cape is arguably South Africa’s most beautiful and naturally real province. Visitors are hard-pressed to choose between our UNESCO World Heritage Site and two Transfrontier Parks, the Kgalagadi and the |Ai-|Ais Richtersveld with its red and golden sand dunes. Share the intimate bush knowledge of a Nama or San Bushmen guide/tracker. The Northern Cape’s natural beauty is enhanced by it’s an enigmatic wildlife. From the small five to the big five, watching wild animals at dose range is something truly unforgettable. There are walking, horseback, 4×4, little five and many more safaris to incorporate in your trip.
5. A FLORAL ADVENTURE
Each spring, the dormant and arid winter plains of the Northern Cape’s Namakwa region are transformed into a kaleidoscope of color with the arrival of the flower season. The wild flowers of the Namakwa are definitely a natural phenomenon and best discovered on foot, which makes it ultimately appealing to hikers and outdoor enthusiasts.
As the only arid hotspot in the world this region contains more than 6 000 plant species, 250 species of birds, 78 species of mammals, 132 species of reptiles and amphibians and an unknown number of insects, making it the world’s most diverse, arid environment. This floral diversity has also made the Namakwa the richest bulb flora arid region in the world. Best times to visit is end July to early October.