Keep it local and Holiday differently this winter holiday – Kayak on the Orange River, follow in the footsteps of dinosaurs in Frazerburg. Discover the Dark Skies Sanctuary in the Kgalagadi, be enchanted by the skylore of the Khomani San – or be fascinated by the glimmering constellations at Sutherland. This is the Northern Cape where you can experience Real Culture, Real Nature and Real Adventure. Create your own “Bucket list” experiences and make memories to last a lifetime!
Four “MUST DO “experiences to choose the Northern Cape as your winter South Afrcian Holiday Destination
Re-set Mind, Body and Soul
The human psyche needs only 48hours away from electronic and digital impulses in order to reset itself to the rhythms of Mother Nature. In the Northern Cape, you and your family can experience the feeling of being truly off the grid and tune into the natural flow of day and night. Re-Charge, Re-connect with yourself and your family as you gaze at the far horizons surrounded by amber dunes and waving fields of wheat-blond grass, feel the wind on your face and watch the setting sun.
Adventure Experiences off the Beaten Track
Augrabies National Park, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Kalahari Trails, Oorlogskloof Nature Reserve or Witsand Nature Reserve… options for exceptional multi-generation family fun in the Northern Cape are limitless. Walk with wind spiders on a night hike; sand-board down an ochre dune; whoop it up on a white-water rafting trip; go fossil hunting in Frazerburg or enjoy discover the tales and legends of the famed shipwrecks whilst slack packing along the Namakwa Coastline.
Glamping and Camping
The Namakwa Coastline, Ai -|Ais/ Richtersveld and Kgalagadi Transfrontier Parks, a Karoo farm or on the banks of the Vaal and Orange rivers. Even camping on the Orange on a boathouse – all offering great camping or glamping experiences. Check your favorite online booking platform for more glamping and camping experiences available within the Northern Cape.
Take part in incredible adventure sport events or go solo to explore the hundreds of exhilarating trails, routes and tracks awaiting you in the Northern Cape. Water is your preference, there are multi-day kayaking experiences and world class fly-fishing along the Orange and Vaal River. Let your soles touch the earth and let the earth touch your sole with one of the Namaqua Caminos or shorter Camini’s. For adrenaline-pumping adventure join one of the following adventure activities, Namaqua Schaap River Canyon Ultra Trail, Namaqua Quest 3 -day Trail Running, Namaqua Quest 3 Day MTB, Namaqua Schaap River Canyon Slackpack Hike or the Namaqua 3 day MTB flower Tour. Interested please email email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org for bookings and dates.
Explore the Routes
SPECIFICALLY PACKAGED to give the visitor an easy do-it-yourself option to explore the province. Incredible year-round experiences coupled with warm hospitality, the peace and tranquility offered by off-the-beaten track towns and villages as well as uninterrupted spaces, allow visitors to recharge and reconnect with loved ones. Visit www.experiencenortherncape for great family holiday offers and ideas.
CAPE TO NAMIBIA ROUTE
The route meanders away from the N7 and include small towns such as Garies, Kamieskroon, Springbok, Okiep, Steinkopf and Vioolsdrift. Each with its own local flavour and a story to tell. The N7 highway stretches from Cape Town all the way through the Northern Cape before heading into neighboring country Namibia. Crossing from the Western Cape into the Northern Cape, visitors will encounter towns which capture the Nama heritage of the province.
Slow down and appreciate the unique stories of the people of the Northern Cape. During spring time, this route takes visitors into the core of the floral kaleidoscope that is the Namakwa floral season.
Contact: +27 (0) 53 833 1434
GO GHAAP ROUTE
The Northern Cape has a fascinating new heritage route, covering everything from famous archaeological sites, historic towns, amazing architecture and excellent selection
of nature and game reserves. Visitors will be drawn to fascinating historical and geological sites in and around towns such as Postmasburg, Griquatown, Campbell, Olifantshoek, Dibeng, Kathu, Danielskuil and Kuruman. Wonderwerk Caves between Kuruman and Danielskuil. The Khoisan history in Wildebeest Kuil near Barkly West. Kuruman Eye in Kuruman is a natural spring delivering about 20-million litres of clean, clear water daily to Kuruman.
Donkey cart ride, great food, and unhurried wining and dining are still a reality at DoringDraad Deben Kontrei. The historical Moffat Mission station in Kuruman. The grave of early-1800s Griqua leader Andries Waterboer, with two cannons that were gifts from Queen Victoria guarding his final resting place. Mary Moffat Museum in Griquatown. Witsand Nature Reserve between Postmasburg and Kuruman.
Contact: +27 (0)83 274 5461
KALAHARI RED DUNE ROUTE
Discover the essence of the province in the heart of the Kalahari. Golden dunes, wide-open skies and flat-topped acacia trees epitomise the Kalahari Red Dune Route. Stretching from Upington right to the Namibian border, visitors traverse the villages of Ashkam, Groot and Klein Mier and Rietfontein. Adventure-loving families and adrenaline seekers can enjoy dune hikes at dawn, eagle- owl encounters, sand duning and surfing in the red sand, close encounters with meerkats and guided walks with the !Khomani San to rediscover the ancient wisdom, customs and folklore of this ancient tribe.
Contact: +27 (0)82 492 3469
KAROO HIGHLANDS ROUTE
This route covers the southern part of the province and the small Karoo towns of Nieuwoudtville, Calvinia, Williston, Sutherland, Fraserburg, Carnarvon, Loxton and Victoria West and forms the heart of the Great Karoo. Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the Karoo with its wide open plains dotted with koppies (hills).
The area was named by the Khoi and San people, who left their legacy as art on the rocks. Explore many unique experiences such as stargazing at the world’s largest astronomical observatory at Sutherland, the SKA radio telescopes in Carnarvon, Karoo architecture and corbelled houses, Anglo-Boer War sites, rock art, ancient Palaeo Surfaces, farm stays and great Karoo cuisine and hospitality.
Contact: +27 (0) 72 018 7288,
KAROO OASIS ROUTE
The route traverse through the towns of the Northern Cape along the N12 including Warrenton, Kimberley, Hopetown, Britstown and Victoria West. It is a perfect stopover for travellers between Johannesburg and Cape Town. Guests can stop at various towns for an exciting number of leisure activities and accommodation facilities. There are a variety of food stalls that travellers can enjoy and stock up on, such as home-made rusks, ginger beer to quench your thirst and a taste of local food. Experiences includes Anglo-Boer War Blockhouses, Historical Walks, Dronfield Nature Reserve, Ghost Trail Tour, McGregor Museum, Sol Plaatje Museum, Galeshewe Township tour, The Big Hole and a Tram Ride tour, William Humphrey Art Gallery, Wildebeest Kuil Rock Art Centre, Mokala National Park, Hopetown Concentration Camp, Game Safaris, and River Rafting.
Contact: +27 (0)53 833 1434
NAMAQUA COASTAL ROUTE
The route includes hidden gems like Garies, Kamieskroon, Hondeklip Bay, Koiingnaas and Kleinzee. Dozens of adventure and leisure options are available, including the Namaqua National Park, nature reserves, hidden coastal hamlets and some of the most remote hiking and 4×4 trails imaginable. Go succulent sleuthing with a botanical guide, hike the Springbok Klipkoppie for a dose of Anglo-Boer War history, enjoy stargazing, explore the countless shipwrecks along the coast line or visit Namastat, a traditional matjies-hut village. Breath-taking scenes of the Atlantic Ocean with sightings of dolphins and whales combined with great vistas of mountains and veld with endemic wildlife makes travelling in this area remarkable.
Contact: +27 (0)27 877 0028
The Richtersveld is South Africa’s only mountain desert and the route travels along rugged gravel roads to quaint towns such as Eksteensfontein, Sendelingsdrift, Lekkersing, Kuboes and Sandrift. The more challenging 4×4 routes in the /Ai/Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park or in the Richtersveld World Heritage Area are best explored in a well-equipped SUV or bakkie. Pack comfortable hiking boots, extra water and guidebooks and set out along the 600 km Namaqua Eco 4×4 Route. The Orange River presents a more leisurely pace with river rafting and the best wilderness fly-fishing in South Africa, while the entire Richtersveld is a mountain biker’s dream. Follow in the footsteps of a traditional goat herder and learn about the lives of the nomads. In the villages, the locals will entertain guests with storytelling and traditional Nama step dancing upon request.
Contact +27 (0)78 874 1515
QUIVER TREE ROUTE
Named after the indigenous quiver tree, the Kokerboom Food and Wine Route stretches along the Gariep and includes towns like Upington, Kakamas, Keimoes, Augrabies, Marchand, Kanoneiland, Kenhardt and Riemvasmaak. The route will appeal to families as well as adventure and adrenaline seekers. Highlights include Augrabies Falls, Riemvasmaak hot springs, river rafting, fly fishing, kayaking and river cruises on the Orange River, numerous 4×4, hiking and MTB trails as well as excellent bird watching.
Foodies will appreciate the typical Northern Cape fare and produce available from coffee shops, road stalls and restaurants as well as wine tasting at cellars along the route. Accommodation ranges from luxurious guesthouses to farm and community stayovers.
Contact: +27 (0)84 244 4408