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Northern Cape

You are only moments away

WWhen last did you take a road trip, a carefree excursion with friends and family to enjoy the sights and sounds of the countryside? Well, with only a few more months left before the chilly season descends on South Africa’s vast escarpment, there’s never been a better time than now to enjoy the last of our warm days, and to hit the road, exploring the national parks of the majestic Northern Cape. To help you reach your flora and fauna destination, here’s a quick guide to three incredible parks that you can visit...

KKgalagadi Transfrontier Park

This incredible landscape covers 3.6 million hectares of land and is considered one of the few conservation areas of this scale left in the world. If you’re lucky, you may catch a glimpse of the wildlife that roams on these Kalahari plains—gemsbok, eland, springbok, wildebeest, and black-maned lions. An ideal time to visit is between June and August, as temperatures peak during the summer season, making it unbearably hot.

Augrabies Falls National Park

Did you know this unbelievably beautiful park is named after a waterfall that forms part of the Orange River? The Khoi people call the falls “Aukoerebis”, or place of Great Noise, as the powerful flow of water rushes down 56 metres over smooth rocks. There are lots to see and do here, including the Dassie Nature Trail, a circular 5 km self-guided trail that leads you up a gorge up until Arrow Point, takes you over Moon Rock and then back to your starting point. After a long day hiking and taking in the faint sounds of nature, you can relax at the park’s resting camp that ranges from camp accommodation and caravan sites to two-sleeper chalets and family cottages.

MMokala National Park

Situated 70 km south-southwest of Kimberley, and west of the N12 freeway to Cape Town, the Mokala National Park is one of the Northern Cape’s many hidden gems. The park’s name derives from Setswana and named after Camel Thorn trees. Covering 26 485 hectares of land, one can only imagine the different species of wildlife that call Mokala Nationa Park home. These include tsessebe, black wildebeest, androan antelope and white backed vultures. To say that this national park is beautiful would be an understatement—it’s beauty is indescribable, just as the calm presence of the animals who roam these African plains.

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No matter which route, detour, path or highway you take, know that an epic road trip is guaranteed whenever a Sho’t Left is involved. Go on, and check out our Northern Cape deals. There may be one that’s just for you!

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