The gemsbok - a prized Northern Cape icon.
© Chris Marais
1Springbok via Garies and Kamieskroon
In September, after the first spring rains, see the magnificent flower carpets that nature rolls out across the semi-desert area of Namaqualand.
2Kamieskroon to Hondeklip Bay.
Wide open spaces, long, empty beaches, fantastic shore fishing and breathtaking sunsets are the attractions.
3Upington to Augrabies Falls National Park.
Head towards the Augrabies Falls from Upington – as the spectacular lunar landscape begins to reveal itself.
4Springbok to the Ais Ais Richtersveld National Park.
This is Big Sky country – open and arid and marked by natural rock formations hewn out of the landscape by the elements; popular with 4 x 4 enthusiasts who like to test their vehicles on the open road.
5The Kenhardt Quiver Tree Forest
Some 10 kms south of Kenhardt on the Brandvlei Road you’ll find this remarkable forest. It’s home to over 700 of these semi-desert trees. Birders should travel onto Verneukpan, an enormous salt pan renowned for its variety of birdlife.
6Springbok to Port Nolloth (via Steinkopf).
About 52 kilometres north of Springbok the road runs west from Steinkopf to Port Nolloth along a magical pass that offers spectacular views of the coast and the sea.
7Springbok to Upington.
Loads of smalltown attractions. There is a beautiful cathedral at Pella, while Pofadder and Kakamas are typical Northern Cape towns. The Augrabies National Park is famous for its iconic falls and wildlife.
8The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.
Travel along the R360 to this massive wilderness area that is home to the majestic oryx, springbok, eland and other antelope; distances are long and it's best to get an early morning start.
9Nieuwoudtville to Strandfontein.
Travel via Vanrhynsdorp and Vredendal to view the spring flowers around the Nieuwoudtville area. Strandfontein is noteworthy for its sea views and seafood
10Upington to Keimoes.
The N14 takes visitors 50 km southwest of Upington to Keimoes along a green stretch of landscape with abundant cultivation of sultanas, raisins and peaches.