Best things to do in Northern Cape

There are so many things to do in Northern Cape which is also South Africa’s largest province. Whether you are looking for a desert escape, endless starry skies, wildlife experience and thrilling adventure then Northern Cape is the perfect getaway holiday you need. Below find out the best things to do in the Northern Cape.

1. Stargazing in Sutherland

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Southern African Large Telescope Photo Credit: Tim Burke

Stargazing in Sutherland must be on your bucket list in South Africa’s largest province. A visit to Sterland which is run by Jurg the owner will be worthwhile for you as the owner is very knowledgeable, friendly and professional. You must also visit SALT or Southern African Large Telescope which is the largest optical telescope in the southern hemisphere and amongst the largest in the world. This is a bucket list place to visit even during the day and night time is the best time to watch the stars, galaxies and planets.

2. Quiver Tree Forest

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Photo credit: Northern Cape Tourism

Quiver Tree Forest in Northern Cape is worth a stop. There is no entrance fee to the Quiver Tree Forest. It is amazing to see the many trees in the middle of nowhere. Some of the trees are over 400 years old. The best views of the tress can be seen at sunset. This is something you will never see anywhere else. It is not a forest as you would normally expect but fascinating, unique and beautiful place for taking pictures.

3. Kalahari Red Dune Route

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Khomani San photo credit : SA Tourism

The Kalahari Red Dune Route offers a unique experience to the Northern Cape.  The route which stretches from Upington to Kuruman is a  playground for adventurous activities like dune boarding, game drives, desert walks and it’s also home to the Khomani San, who retain close ties to their nomadic life. This is a must-visit for your next adventure road trip.

4. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

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Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is a large wildlife preserve and conservation area in South Africa which offers visitors great wildlife and nature experience. This a great place for all nature lovers and photographers as it offers a peaceful and tranquil environment and great sightings of wildlife. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park has a variety of accommodation options from camping, chalets and wilderness camps.

5. The Big Hole

The Big Hole Kimberley

The Big Hole which is the largest man-made hole is a wonderful historical place to visit. With the tours done by very friendly staff a visit, this will be a great experience as you will get to know about the history of Kimberly and the diamond mining industry. With even a family package available The Big Hole and museum is a perfect place for family visitors. Some of the things that you will do there are touring The Big Hole, doing the underground tunnel tour and walking around the old town.

Accommodation: Where to stay in Northern Cape Province

6. Orange River

Orange river
Photo credit: Marli van Eeden

The orange River is one of the top things to do in  Northern Cape. This is the longest river in Africa. There are lots of beautiful must-visit destinations along with the Orange River. The beautiful sight of nature around and the flow of the river is a beautiful sight to behold. There are plenty of water activities like water rafting and kayaking to enjoy along the  Orange River. The Orange River Wine Route offers an extensive range of dry white wine, natural sweet and dry red wine, as well as dessert wines.

7. Augrabies Falls, Northern Cape

Augrabies Falls

The Augrabies Falls is a waterfall on the Orange River within the Augrabies Falls National Park. The falls are around 183 feet in height. It’s a very beautiful place if you love nature and exploring landmarks. As one of the beautiful attractions in Northern Cape the Augrabies Falls continues to lure local and international visitors. This is a perfect weekend getaway destination that must be on your things to do in the Northern Cape.

8. Northern Cape National Parks

Augrabies Falls National Park
Photo credit: SA Tourism

6 national parks in Northern Cape offer something special to make you want to keep coming back again. Namaqua National Park is a favourite place to visit during the spring flower season when there is a beautiful display of flowers. The other national parks are Mokala National Park, Tanka Karoo National Park, Richtersveld Transfrontier Park, Augrabies Falls National Park and Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park. These six national parks offer a tranquil, beautiful nature and authentic bush experience.

9. Camping in the Northern Cape

Camping northern cape
Photo credit: Northern Cape Tourism

With 6 national parks, the Northern Cape province of South Africa offers a great camping experience to those looking to go off the grid for a couple of days. The province offers one of the best camping experience like Namaqua National Park which has campsites next to the sea. Most of the campsites in the national parks are well-taken care. A tranquil environment where you will feel human again is what awaits you in the Northern Cape.

10. Wine tasting in Northern Cape

Orange River Wine
Photo credit: Northern Cape Tourism

Did you know that vineyards are also found in the Northern Cape’s Orange River region? The Orange River Wine Cellars has a wide range of wines that will make every wine lover have a reason to take some the wine back home. There is a tasting room at the Orange River Cellars in Upington where they offer 7 wine tastings in a relaxing atmosphere. This is well worth including on your bucket list for things to do in the Northern Cape.

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4 thoughts on “Best things to do in Northern Cape

  • 06/07/2020 at 10:34 AM
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    Great pictures! The Big Hole looks phenomenal!

  • 07/07/2020 at 8:48 AM
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    Thanks, Amanda

  • 10/07/2020 at 2:14 PM
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    Thank you very much Pranita

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