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Land of snow and stars – Sutherland, Northern Cape

Land of snow and stars – Sutherland, Northern Cape

Sutherland, Northern Cape, is home to the world-famous Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) – one of the best star-viewing destinations in the southern hemisphere.

Sweet silence, solitude and space – Tankwa Karoo National Park

Sweet silence, solitude and space – Tankwa Karoo National Park

The Tankwa Karoo National Park in the Great Karoo is in a remote area that is perfect for birdwatching, star gazing and spotting semi-desert flora.

Belly safari in the Kgalagadi – tracking with the Khomani San

Belly safari in the Kgalagadi – tracking with the Khomani San

Tracking with the Khomani San in the southern Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park means quietly concentrating on the world of small things.

Desert footsteps – a Kalahari San guided trail

Desert footsteps – a Kalahari San guided trail

Visitors can experience the traditional Kalahari San way of life by going on a guided trail where San trackers share their stories, knowledge and skills.

Gemsbok antelope: spirit of the Kalahari Desert

Gemsbok antelope: spirit of the Kalahari Desert

The South African oryx – universally called gemsbok by the locals – embodies the spirit of the Kalahari Desert: magnificent to look at, adapted to the heat and aridity, and hard to conquer.

Paddle the Orange River: explore the wild in Northern Cape

Paddle the Orange River: explore the wild in Northern Cape

Paddling a canoe or inflatable raft down the mighty Orange River in the safe hands of experienced guides is a fantastic way to experience this vein of life that pulses through arid Northern Cape.

Honeymoons in Northern Cape: eerily beautiful desert landscapes encompass a green belt teeming with life along the Orange River

Honeymoons in Northern Cape: eerily beautiful desert landscapes encompass a green belt teeming with life along the Orange River

A honeymoon in Northern Cape province can be all about desert peace, thunderous waterfalls, plains dotted with wildlife, vineyards and lazy river adventures, historic meanders or white-water thrills.

Historic places of worship in South Africa: cathedrals, churches, mosques, synagogues and temples catering to religious diversity

Historic places of worship in South Africa: cathedrals, churches, mosques, synagogues and temples catering to religious diversity

South Africa is a country of rich religious diversity, protected by the Constitution, so explore sacred architecture and spiritual traditions at our many historic places of worship.

Riemvasmaak Community Conservancy, Northern Cape: canyons and hot springs amid otherworldly desert silence

Riemvasmaak Community Conservancy, Northern Cape: canyons and hot springs amid otherworldly desert silence

The Riemvasmaak Community Conservancy in Northern Cape: hike, drive or bike silent Kalahari Desert splendour amid canyons and hot springs, hosted by survivors of apartheid’s forced removals.

The Richtersveld World Heritage Site: conserving a botanical treasure in Northern Cape

The Richtersveld World Heritage Site: conserving a botanical treasure in Northern Cape

The Richtersveld Community Conservancy – since 2007 a World Heritage Site – has a brilliant array of hardy plants adapted to the arid climate, and an ancient tradition of nomadic seasonal herding.

South Africa’s planetariums: a journey into the universe

South Africa’s planetariums: a journey into the universe

South Africa has 2 planetariums – Iziko Planetarium in Cape Town and Wits Planetarium in Johannesburg – and both are centrally located… and ready to blow your mind with the wonders of the universe.

Sandgrouse: desert birds of the Kalahari with cunning tricks

Sandgrouse: desert birds of the Kalahari with cunning tricks

Sandgrouse, found in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park and other Kalahari Desert reserves, are so well adapted to this arid environment that males can carry water many kilometres to their chicks.

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