Top 10: Natural attractions in the Northern Cape
Wild flowers in the Namaqua National Park
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Namaqua National Park
This biodiversity hotspot is renowned the world over for its unique vegetation. A major highlight of any visit to the Northern Cape is to witness the carpets of wild flowers that ‘appear’ after the first spring rains.
Known by the local San people as ‘the place of great noise’ the Augrabies Falls (situated in the Augrabies Falls National Park) thunders down 240 metres and is South Africa’s answer to the Niagara Falls.
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
This groundbreaking transfrontier park is renowned as Africa’s first formally declared trans-border conservation area. Situated between South Africa and Botswana, this extraordinary wild area covers over 3.7 million hectares.
/Ais /Ais Richtersveld National Park
It’s all lunar landscapes and spectacular arid beauty. The /Ais /Ais Richtersveld National Park is known as a unique mountain desert and as a result boasts a wealth of distinctive plant life found nowhere else in the country.
Goegap Nature Reserve
This magnificent nature reserve is home to 600 indigenous plant species, 94 bird species and 45 mammal species over 7000 hectares of pristine wilderness.
Few eco-destinations in the Northern Cape are as scenic as Witsand Nature reserve teeming with bird life, surrounded by 20 to 60 metre high dunes, acacia woodlands and the Langberg Mountain range.
Riemvasmaak is situated to the north of Augrabies Falls and is a spectacular wild mountain desert wilderness that covers a vast area of over 75 000 hectares.
Known as the ‘Oasis of the Kalahari’, Kuruman is home to ‘The Eye’ – a large fresh water fountain that bubbles up from deep underground.
A National Heritage Site, the Wonderwerk Cave is 139 metres deep and archaeological digs have revealed that it has been inhabited for longer than almost any other place on Earth.
Spitskop Nature Reserve
A small reserve to the north of Upington, Spitskop Nature Reserve is home to zebra, springbok, ostrich, eland and mountain zebra. The reserve gets its name from the odd-shaped rocky hill near its entrance.