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The Upper Karoo Route: meander through Northern Cape from Victoria West to Calvinia

The Upper Karoo Route: meander through Northern Cape from Victoria West to Calvinia

The Upper Karoo Route from Victoria West to Calvinia via Carnarvon offers the beautiful landscape of Northern Cape (strewn with daisies in spring), rare wildlife and a thriving, hospitable culture.

Weddings in Northern Cape: lush riverside farms and dramatic desert landscapes

Weddings in Northern Cape: lush riverside farms and dramatic desert landscapes

Northern Cape is a vast arid province bisected by the Orange River – a superb wedding destination, whether among lush vineyard greenery, spring wildflowers, or the stark dry beauty of the Kalahari.

Northern Cape: wide-open spaces filled with wildflowers, diamonds and wildlife

Northern Cape: wide-open spaces filled with wildflowers, diamonds and wildlife

Northern Cape is South Africa’s driest province, where the arid Karoo merges with the true desert of the Kalahari – but it offers wildlife aplenty, a mighty life-giving river and spectacular scenery.

The Wild Flower Route through Northern Cape: feast your eyes and soul on the pride of Namaqualand

The Wild Flower Route through Northern Cape: feast your eyes and soul on the pride of Namaqualand

The Wild Flower Route through Northern Cape province is a wonderland in spring, featuring legendary Namaqualand daisies and thousands more species, and again in autumn when the amaryllis bloom.

The Diamond Coast, Northern Cape: shipwrecks, diamonds and romance await

The Diamond Coast, Northern Cape: shipwrecks, diamonds and romance await

Northern Cape’s Diamond Coast – from Port Nolloth to Alexander Bay – is perfect for romantic getaways featuring shipwrecks, glorious scenery and spring flowers… and sparkly gems!

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.

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.

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.

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