Orange River rafting Rafting on the Orange River

The Northern Cape is an ideal meeting destination for those who prefer the unusual. Combine a Northern Cape meeting with a visit to one of the province's transfrontier parks, or with some of the outdoor adventures offered in this fascinating province, such as rafting, fishing or game capture safaris.

Did you know?

The Khoi people call Augrabies Falls 'Akoerabis', meaning the 'place of great noise'.

Exotic lunar landscapes, unique flora and fauna and intriguing traditional cultures are just some of the fascinating characteristics that make up the Northern Cape province.

Home to the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park, Namakwaland, the Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape, the Augrabies Falls National Park, and Kimberley (South Africa’s diamond capital), many of the Northern Cape meeting activities offer unusual adventure opportunities.

Kimberley, home to the famous Big Hole and Kimberley Mine Museum, offers a variety of quality meeting venues. The 4-star Mattanu Private Game Reserve with its conference facilities for 120 delegates, luxury lodge and tented facilities offers captivating adventure- and team building activities. These include thrilling fly-fishing trips, game viewing by helicopter, bushveld dinner fly-ins, game capture safaris and quad biking adventures.

The Augrabies Falls in the Augrabies Falls National Park is the second-highest waterfall in Africa. The striking landscape and breathtaking scenery makes it a must-see attraction on any Northern Cape meeting intinerary.

The nearby 5-star Dundi Lodge Augrabies Falls has conference facilities for 30 delegates. Fly-fishing, 4x4 drives, river rafting, game drives, mountain biking, bow hunting and scenic flights are some of the adventure activities on offer.

The Northern Cape’s unique biodiversity attracts worldwide attention and its national parks are some of the finest in southern Africa. These include the |Ais-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park with its dramatic landscapes, and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, with its compelling wilderness expanses. Here you'll find black-maned lions, pygmy falcons and abundant antelope. !Xaus Lodge in the park offers unforgettable experiences. Owned by the San and Mier communities, the luxury lodge offers guests spoor tracking excursions. On the way you'll learn the San ways of recognising edible plants and finding hidden water. Guided dune walks and game drives are also offered.

If you’re in South Africa in September, a visit to Namakwaland to see the stunning display of wild flowers is a must. You can combine this with a conference in Springbok that offers a good selection of meeting venues. The 4-star Kleinplasie Guesthouse offers flexible conference packages. Springbok is home to the Namaqualand Museum, which is worth exploring.

And if stargazing is your interest then a conference or meeting in Sutherland is just the thing. The town is home to the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) - the largest single optical telescope in the southern hemisphere. But remember to take warm clothing in winter. Sutherland is the coldest destination in South Africa.

Northern Cape meeting activity highlights at a glance:
Namakwaland in springtime
The Augrabies Falls National Park
San cultural sites
The Big Hole of Kimberley
The |Ais-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
Sutherland – home to stargazing in SA
Pella Mission Station
Karoo Highlands
Adventure sports

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Northern Cape Tourism Authority
Tel: +27(0)53 832-2657/2643
Email: northerncapetourism@telkomsa.net

How to get here

You can fly to Kimberley or Uppington, depending where in the Northern Cape you're travelling. Alternatively, drive yourself and take a bit of time before and after your meeting to experience this province.

Best time to visit

The Northern Cape can be extremely hot in South Africa's summer months, therefore the best time to visit is winter (June, July, August).

Around the area

Game farms are plentiful in the Kalahari Region; the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park and Augrabies Falls National Park in the Green Kalahari Region; Namakwaland daisies, Southern African Large Telescope and |Ai|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park in the Namakwa Region; and the Kimberley's Big Hole and Mining Museum in the Diamond Fields Region.

Tours to do

Safaris in the Kgalagadi National Park, photographic safaris, canoe trails along the Orange River, fly-in safaris, cultural excursions, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, birding.

Get around

Several areas in the Northern Cape parks require 4x4 vehicles. It would be a good idea to hire one or travel with a safari company.

Length of stay

Try to take a few days off before or after your meeting - it's so worth experiencing the adventures in this province.