Top 10: Fun experiences in the Northern Cape

Wild Flowers Flower Safari, Namaqualand

1 Go on a flower safari

Take a flower safari through Namaqualand. From late August through September this semi-desert area is flooded with wild flowers – you have to experience this at least once in your lifetime. more

2 See the Big Hole, Kimberley

You can’t miss the Big Hole of Kimberley, literally! Known as the largest man-made hole in the world, this incredible site is attributed to diamond fever in the Northern Cape during the late 1800’s. more

3 Book a night drive in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Experience the sights and sounds of this incredible wild area at night when the nocturnal creatures are going about their business and the night-sky is crammed with stars. more

4 Do the Diamond Coast Shipwreck Trail

Take a guided 4x4 tour of the coastline between Koingnaas and Kleinzee, a restricted diamond mining area, and experience this rugged coast with its unusual wildlife and photogenic wrecks of ships from times gone by that ran aground here. more

5 Spend time at the Kimberley Mine Museum

Step back in time at this world-class museum where you are taken back in time to the diamond rush era. Another highlight is the Belgravia Historical Walk that shows you the gracious Victorian homes of the 1800s. more

6 Have a drink at the Star of the West, Kimberley

South Africa’s oldest continuously operating bar, it dates back to the 1870s and was declared a provincial heritage site in 1990. You have to stop for a refreshment or two here. more

7 Take a vintage tram, Kimberley.

The Vintage Tram Kimberley dates back to a time when the town was the ‘bright lights, big city’ of Africa. Prospectors from the far corners made their way here during the 1870s diamond rush. Take a 20-minute ride around the Big Hole in the original tram. more

8 See the Augrabies Falls

The Augrabies Falls National Park is known as an adventure destination hotspot. Try out the Gariep 3-in-1 adventure that combines canoeing, walking and mountain-biking. more

9 Go gaming at the Flamingo Casino and Kimberley Golf Club

Victorian-inspired décor, smart-card technology and many leisure activities provide visitors with a spread of leisure, games and gaming activities.

10 Listen to the sands that roar

Take a walk in the Witsand Nature Reserve and experience the strange natural phenomenon of this area’s famous ‘brulsand’ or roaring sands. more