Whether you are looking for breathtaking scenery or an action packed holiday the Northern Cape is the ideal holiday escape.
1. Paddle down the Orange River
The orange river is a must for anyone visiting the Northern Cape. Cutting through South Africa’s driest region, this incredible expanse of river attracts an abundance of bird and plant life. If you really want to enjoy the river take one of the guided river rafting tours. Spend your days paddling, bird watching and just lapping up the scenic beauty and your nights listening to the baboons call while you sleep under the stars.
To find out more about these trips check out Felix Unite river advntures
2. See the Flowers of the Namaqua
Witness the desert landscape transform into a blanket of flowers after the Winter rains in the Namaqua National Park. From August to September everywhere you turn the Namaqualand daisies and other spring flowers cover the ground as far as the eye can see. Not only is this spectacle a feast for the eyes but it is a dream for any ‘budding’ photographer.
To find out more about the Namaqualand flowers check out the Namaqua National Park
Photo by Winfried Bruenken
3. Visit Augrabies Falls
Feast your eyes and ears on the spectacle that is the Orange River tumbling down 56 meters The reserve has built many different viewing points so you can witness this breath taking landmark from all angles. But don’t be fooled, it will take you less than an hour to walk the boardwalk and take a couple of happy snaps so don’t set aside a whole day for fall viewing. Instead squeeze in some fly-fishing or a half day white-river rafting trip. Augrabies National Park also promises a diversity of species including zebra, gemsbok and giraffe so you may want to take a drive around the park to see what you can find but remember this is not the Kruger and game can be very scarce.
4. Check out the Big Hole
Whether you’re a history buff or not the Big Hole is dam impressive. From the time diamonds were discovered in 1871 to the time mining ended in 1914, 2772kg of diamonds were pulled out of 22.5 millions tons of earth. The result?… a very impressive hole in the ground. If you find yourself near Kimberley take a tour around the mining site and learn about the rock that brought Europeans flocking to the tip of Africa.
Photo by Rudolph Botha
5. Get down and dirty in a 4×4
If 4x4ing is your thing you have come to the right place, the Northern Cape is a haven for diff lock and low range. With endless open space and little to no civilization in sight these 4×4 trails seem like unexplored terrain for the avid adventurer. The trails vary from coastal beaches to desert dunes and rocky hills. Catch up with fellow 4×4 enthusiasts at the varied campsites in the evenings, they are always more than happy to lend you anything you may need from tinfoil to a great campfire story.
Check out the full list of 4×4 routes in the Northern Cape
6. Hit the open road
Whether you have a destination in mind or not the Northern Cape is the ideal place to explore. Jump in a car pick a direction and go. You’ll be pleasantly surprised around every corner. Don’t be put off by distances that may seem far on the map, with barely any other traffic on the roads you’ll find yourself covering ground in no time. Just be warned there are no fast food stops along the way so, unless you can live off biltong, be prepared. Otherwise just sit back and enjoy the breath taking scenery of the Northern Karoo.
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