Northern Cape Travel Guide

The Northern Cape is noted for its San rock art, diamond diggings, 4X4 safaris and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. It is a vast stretch of semi-desert land. The distance from the capital, Kimberley, on the eastern border to Springbok (in the west) is more than 900km.

It is a large, dry region of fluctuating temperatures and varying topographies. As the most arid part of South Africa it offers the visitor an experience that is not elsewhere available.

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Parks in the Northern Cape

Augrabies Falls National Park
The Khoi people called it Aukoerebis, or Place of Great Noise, as this powerful flow of water is unleashed from rocky surroundings characterized by the 18-km abyss of the Orange River Gorge.

Witsand Nature Reserve
This reserve in the Kalahari is spectacular, as it is a 3500 ha island of dazzling white sand encircled by the sea of conventional Kalahari red sand.

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

The Kgalagadi comprises an area of over 3,6 million hectares - one of the largest conservation areas in the world. Red sand dunes, sparse vegetation and the dry riverbeds of the Nossob and Auob show antelope and predator species off at a premium.

Namaqua National Park

During early August and September Namaqualand is transformed into a wonderland, carpeted with wildflowers. Namaqualand is home to the richest bulb flora of any arid region & the park incorporates the Skilpad Wild Flower Reserve.

Ai Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier Park

The Richtersveld National Park is a very good example of one of the most interesting mega-ecosystems of the world, the succulent Karoo.

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