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Top 10

Accommodation in The Northern Cape

1Rest Camps in the National Parks

It’s always a good idea to book into the accommodation facilities run by the South African National Parks Board – it’s comfortable and affordable. There are chalets, camping sites, rest camps and wilderness camps in the national parks.

2Tswalu Kalahari Reserve

Situated at the foot of the Korannaberg ountains Tswalu sits at the edge of the Kalahari desert. Rustic yet stylish accommodation is on offer in luxury suites and the local company has been superbly trained to take care of your every need.

3The Estate Private Hotel, Kimberley

Set in the historic suburb of Belgravia this property was declared a national monument in 1991 before it opened as a boutique hotel with 7 stylish en suite rooms, complemented by a fine dining restaurant on the property.

4Cecil John Rhodes Guest House, Kimberley

Offers the experience of wealth and luxury in a national monument property built in 1895. There are 7 luxurious en-suite rooms, a fine dining room and a tea garden.

5Vergelegen Guest House, Kakamas

An award-winning property just 15 minutes from the Augrabies Falls. There are 15 rooms, each with a private entrance and all en suite facilities. There is a farm stall on the property the restaurant has access to the best local produce.

6Belgravia B&B, Kimberley

Victorian-style home with antique fireplace, wooden floors, lush gardens – this property is just minutes from all the major historical attractions. Serves full English breakfast, has barbecue facilities and a pool.

7Annie’s Cottage B&B and pension, Springbok

In the heart of Namakwaland this up-market property provides perfect access to the flower fields that appear after the September spring rains in this area. There are eleven en-suite rooms on offer in this restored colonial homestead.

8A La Fugue Guest House, Upington

An oasis with tropical garden, this guest house has en-suite rooms designed in an African-Euro fashion. There are also self-catering bungalows and chalets available.

9Desert Rose Guest House, Springbok

This guest house sits on a slope overlooking the Namakwaland landscape and enjoys an unrestricted view of the flower carpets that come out in September every year. 5 stylish en suite rooms, separate entrances, mountain views in an up-market residential area.

10De Oude Scholen B&B, Victoria West

Known for its traditional and attractive Karoo architecture dating back to 1891, this property first served as a school, then became a bank and a church, before finally being transformed into an oasis in the semi-arid Karoo area. Five en-suite rooms available.