Provinces

Northern Cape

The Northern Cape is the largest and most sparsely populated of the provinces of South Africa. Across the arid landscape, the Orange River flows, at places in a sluggish tide, at others in a powerful explosion of sound and fury. Were it not for the river, much of the region may well have remained bleak and populated only by nomadic bands of Bushmen.

Its capital is Kimberley. This province includes the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park, which is part of a trans-frontier park with Botswana, the Augrabies Falls and the diamond mining regions in Kimberley and Alexander Bay. The Northern Cape is noted for its San rock art, diamond diggings, 4X4 safaris and the Kgalagadi Wildlife 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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Augrabies Falls National Park

Augrabies Falls National Park The Northern Cape is the largest and most sparsely populated of the provinces of South Africa. Across the arid landscape, the Orange River flows, at places in a sluggish tide, at others in a powerful explosion of sound and fury. Were it not for the river, much of the region may well have remained bleak and populated only by nomadic bands of Bushmen.

Its capital is Kimberley. This province includes the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park, which is part of a trans-frontier park with Botswana, the Augrabies Falls and the diamond mining regions in Kimberley and Alexander Bay. The Northern Cape is noted for its San rock art, diamond diggings, 4X4 safaris and the Kgalagadi Wildlife 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.

Namaqualand

Namaqualand is a semi-desert environment; however in the spring (July to September) depending on the rains, a miracle occurs. As the rains soak into the thirsty earth, millions upon millions of flowers emerge in a phenomenal explosion of colour which transforms the landscape into a wonderland of beauty.

Namaqualand stretches from the small town of Garies in the south to the Orange River to the north, its western border is the wild Atlantic coast, and the remote town of Pofadder marks the eastern border. The Namaqualand spring flowers are justifiably world famous.

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is characterised by vast arid landscapes and is known for its awe-inspiring reddunes, sparse vegetation and camel thorn trees.

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park lies in a large sand-filled basin in the west of the southern African subcontinent, known as the Kalahari Desert. The Park is an amalgamation of the former Kalahari Gemsbok National Park of South Africa, which was proclaimed in 1931 mainly to protect migratory game such as Gemsbok, and the adjacent Gemsbok National Park in Botswana.