Northern Cape

A diamond in the rough

The Northern Cape is the largest and most sparsely populated of the provinces in South Africa. It includes the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park, which is part of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park with Botswana.

The 38 000 kilometre park is home to large herds of antelope, including the Springbok, the Gemsbok and the black maned Kalahari Lion. It also includes the Augrabies Falls and the diamond mining regions in Kimberley and Alexander Bay. The Namaqualand region is famous for its Namaqualand daisies.

The Orange River flows through the province, forming the borders with the Free State and with Namibia and it irrigates the many vineyards near Upington. The Province is noted for its San rock art, diamond diggings, 4×4 safaris and wildlife sanctuaries providing endless opportunities for getting back into nature.

Highlights

  • The Kalahari Desert
  • Kalahari Gemsbok National Park
  • Namaqualand’s desert flowers
  • Richtersveld Cultural Landscape (UNESCO World Heritage site)
  • Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
  • SA Astronomical Observatory
  • The Big Hole in Kimberley
  • Karoo Highlands
  • Augrabies Falls