The Northern Cape boasts a colourful history and a variety of cultural tourist attractions that you must add to your bucket list. An utterly beautiful coastline and a number of unique national parks offer the tourist a very different experience of South Africa.
Top 5 attractions
Big Hole in Kimberley
The Big Hole and Kimberley Mine Museum is one of Kimberley’s major attractions. Once a flat-topped hill, it is an enormous hole – the largest hand-dug excavation in the world. Measuring 215 metres deep with a surface area of some 17 hectares and a perimeter of 1,6 km, it was etched out of the earth with picks and shovels and many a man sought his fortune.
Spring Flowers in Namaqualand
Between July and September Namakwa sheds its drab facade and showers the world with flowers of every hue. Nature sheds any pretense at barren aridity and runs riot with tones and rainbow hues of rich and splendid brilliance.
Augrabies Falls National Park
This natural wonder is amazing to see and you will be awed by the water thundering down the gorge. The Augrabies Falls National Park offers an ancient landscape that will take you back in time to the world of the first hunter-gatherers.
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
This is where the red dunes and scrub fade into infinity and herds of gemsbok, springbok, eland and blue wildebeest follow the seasons. Imposing camel thorn trees provide shade for huge black-mane lions and vantage points for leopard and many raptors.
Wonderwerk Cave is what you would call an ancient rustic home. For thousands of years, humans used it for shelter. Discover what each generation has left behind: the wealth of fascinating art works, well preserved specimens of flora and fauna, ancient tools and an eerie sense of man’s first breath. It is situated in the Kuruman Hills between Danielskuil and Kuruman.
When it comes to recharging, re-connecting and reclaiming one’s sense of self, the Northern Cape’s isolation and beauty is hard to beat!