South African Dream
South Africa - Northern Cape
 

 

The Northern Cape is the largest and most sparsely populated province of South Africa. It was created in 1994 when the Cape Province was split up. Its capital is Kimberley.
It includes the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park, part of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, an international park shared with Botswana. It also includes the Augrabies Falls and the diamond mining regions in Kimberley and Alexander Bay.
The Namaqualand region in the west is famous for its Namaqualand daisies. The southern towns of De Aar and Colesberg, in the Great Karoo, are major transport nodes between Johannesburg, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. In the northeast, Kuruman is famous as a mission station and also for its 'eye'. The Orange River flows through the province, forming the borders with the Free State in the southeast and with Namibia to the northwest. The river is also used to irrigate the many vineyards in the arid region near Upington.

Native speakers of Afrikaans comprise a higher percentage of the population in the Northern Cape than in any other province. The Northern Cape's four official languages are Afrikaans, Tswana, Xhosa, and English. Minorities speak the other official languages of South Africa, and a few people speak indigenous languages such as Nama and Khwe.

The Namaqualand: is the blooming desert of South Africa!
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, the remote town of Pofadder marks the eastern border.
The Namaqualand spring flowers are justifiably world famous. In a good year this botanical masterpiece puts on a show that is unrivaled anywhere on Earth. If you experience this natural wonder you will remember it for the rest of your life. The Namaqua National Park has been established to protect this unique phenomenon. There is no official accommodation in the park, however there are many hotels, guest houses, B&Bs and camping sites available in and around the small towns that dot the vast landscape.

Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies is derived from the Khoi name for 'place of the Great Noise' – one of the world’s largest waterfalls. The Augrabies Falls National Park region is home to the Nama people and highly adaptable animals and plants. Only the strongest can survive in this ruggedly beautiful part of South Africa.

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
The Kgalagadi  straddling the border between South Africa and Botswana, is a semi-desert of red dunes and star-crammed skies where African animals run wild and visitors get a wilderness ‘fix’ that’s Prozac for the soul. Once Kalahari sand gets into your shoes, legend says, you’ll be drawn back again and again.