Do you want go off the beaten track ? We invite you to discover somewhere special which combines magnificent landscapes and adventure-sport playgrounds and offers a rich archeological and geological heritage. It is home to the world’s first people and contains the most coveted gemstone.
Welcome to the Northern Cape, a region, which, behind an austere appearance, hides many treasures.
A wild nature
No less than 6 National Parks will make you happy if you are fond of nature and wild life. From the red sand dunes of the Kgalagadi Transfontier Park, one of the largest and unspoilt ecosystems in the world, to the gorgeous scenery of carpets of flowers in Namaqualand, including the rugged mountains of the Richtersveld Transfrontier Park, or the Falls of the Augrabies NP, you’ll have to come back more than once to discover Northen Cape’s splendours.
A long story to tell
Not only is the Northern Cape home to the San (also called Bushmen) who are directly descended from the original population of early human ancestors, but there are several importants prehistoric sites such as Wonderwerk Cave near Kuruman, from which two millions year-old stone tools were excavated. The region, the Karoo in particular, also provides a lot of Khoisan Rock-Art sites that can be seen in completely natural surroundings.
Much later, in the late 19th century, it is around Kimberley that history was written with the discovery of ‘Eureka’ (1866), the first diamond, which later gave birth to the ‘Big Hole’ along with the major battles of the Western Campaign during the Anglo-Boer war (1899-1902).
A Playground for Adventurers
Adrenalin enthousiasts and open-space lovers are in their element in the Northern Cape. From abseilling to hot air ballooning to motorbiking, sand boarding or camel riding, everyone will find grounds for fun here.
Under this harsh land, important ore deposits like zinc, copper, lead, silver, and, of course, diamond, hide. The latter is still exploited around Kimberley, but also on the West coast, in the Namaqualand Region, particularly on the restricted road to the north, from Kleinzee to Alexander Bay (area which extends to hundreds kilometres in Namibia).
Northern Cape at a glance
With its 362 591.41km² and 1.058 million inhabitants, it’s the largest and most sparsely populated province of South Africa (3 per sq km)
5 regions : Namakwa, Karoo, Green Kalahari, Kalahari, Diamond Fields
Capital : Kimberley
Major Towns: Calvinia, Colesberg, De Aar, Kuruman, Springbok and Upington
Major Airports: Kimberley, Upington
Climate: Hot to very hot in summer, mild to cold in winter
6 National Parks : Augrabies Falls National Park, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
Mokala National Park, Namaqua National Park, Richtersveld Transfrontier Park, Tankwa-Karoo National Park
By Muriel Romero
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