Big Sky Coun­try – Ex­plor­ing the Northern Cape

Ex­plor­ing the Northern Cape

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With its vast, open spa­ces, unique and di­verse flora, arid deserts, mighty rivers and ex­pan­sive skies, the Northern Cape, the largest and most re­mote prov­ince in South Africa, is teem­ing with a va­ri­ety of nat­u­ral tourist at­trac­tions.

Known most fa­mously for its desert land­scapes, abun­dance of gem­stones, and the im­pres­sive an­nual car­pet of spring­time flow­ers that ap­pear af­ter the first rains, South Africa’s least pop­u­lated prov­ince is def­i­nitely worth putting on your travel bucket list.

The prov­ince lies south of it’s most valu­able as­set, the mighty Or­ange River, which forms a bor­der with Namibia in the north, while the Molopo River marks the bor­der with Botswana to the north­east and the icy At­lantic lies to the west. This is a land of stark con­trasts and rich his­tory and is well worth the ad­ven­ture. Here are just a few of our favourite at­trac­tions in the re­gion which are guar­an­teed to spark your wan­der­lust.

NA­MAQUA NA­TIONAL PARK Mil­lions of stars fill the skies as night falls in this semi-desert land­scape, and when the sun comes up, moun­tains, gi­ant gran­ite out­crops, quiver trees and a myr­iad life forms awaken in this unique habi­tat. The Na­maqua Na­tional Park is an oasis of life and nat­u­ral splen­dour and, de­spite be­ing a mag­i­cal land to visit all through­out the year, the best time to wit­ness this abun­dance of life is in spring when the land­scape is blan­keted by mag­nif­i­cent wild­flow­ers. It is enough to take your breath away. The park is also home to over 3,500 dif­fer­ent plant and

Text: Julie Graham Im­ages ©

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