NORTH­ERN CAPE

At first glance, it might seem like noth­ing much hap­pens here. But the land­scape – and its char­ac­ters – are full of life. Here are some of our favourite es­capes be­tween the West Coast and Au­gra­bies Falls, plus top tips for any trip to the Kgala­gadi Transf

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This prov­ince is so big we had to send two Get­away writ­ers to cover it. Here are their top finds

‘ The Ka­roo is so vast that if you fight with your wife and she left, you could watch her walk­ing away for three weeks,’ says Danie van Zyl of Keimoes. ‘Wake up each day to her turn­ing into a speck of dust on the land­scape.’ This is true. The open­ness of the sky makes big rocky moun­tains ap­pear in­signif­i­cant. The sky steals the show. In this never-end­ing land­scape, quiver trees seem to ap­pear out of nowhere, ad­ding tex­ture and char­ac­ter to the bar­ren­ness. The sight­ing of a body of wa­ter seems mag­i­cal, a mir­a­cle. The peo­ple who live here share this unique beauty with vis­i­tors whole­heart­edly. Their gen­eros­ity, we dis­cov­ered, is as big as the place they live in.

It’s not al­ways about fre­netic raft­ing – Wel­come takes a slow pad­dle down the Orange River cour­tesy of the Kala­hari River Com­pany. OP­PO­SITE The cot­tages at Naries Na­makwa Re­treat are sur­rounded by fynbos.

WORDS BY ME­LANIE VAN ZYL & WEL­COME LISHIVHA PHO­TO­GRAPHS BY ME­LANIE VAN ZYL

USE THE MAP IN­CLUDED WITH THE MAG­A­ZINE

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