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12 Secrets of Augrabies Falls National Park That Will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow
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12 Secrets of Augrabies Falls National Park That Will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow

Years ago the KhoiSan called this place in the northern reaches of the Northern Cape ~ Aukoerebis ~ place of great noise. Today visitors describe it as 'a scene right out of BBC's Planet Earth'. The sound of a river in flood as 405 million litres of water plunge over the side of the gorge, every minute, in a rush of sound is every bit as loud as its name would indicate. But the falls are not all there is to the Augrabies Falls National Park... Here are 12 secrets of Augrabies Falls National Park that will have you visiting, tomorrow ...   No 1. If desert landscape, rocks and ...
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9 Best Small Towns of the Northern Cape
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9 Best Small Towns of the Northern Cape

Small towns of the Northern Cape ~The Northern Cape is a vast expanse of country hugging the northerly reaches of South Africa up against the borders of Namibia and Botswana. It’s hot, dry and beautiful - something of a wilderness presided over by a merciless sun. Scattered across this large semi-desert landscape are hundreds of little characterful towns, separated by kilometres of road. It’s a province made for road trips. Whilst most of the traffic confines itself to the N1, N12 and N7 there are back routes linking towns through heartstopping scenery. It is these towns that deserve exp...
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12 Secrets of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park that will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow
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12 Secrets of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park that will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is a huge semi-desert wilderness in the north of South Africa - an immense stretch of red sand dunes and wide open sky, the dry river beds of the Nossob and Auob Rivers (said to flow but once every 100 years) and the odd solitary camelthorn, raisin bush or shepherd tree to break the horizon. It is Africa’s first Peace Park; an amalgamation of South Africa’s Kalahari Gemsbok National Park and Botswana’s Gemsbok National Park (no rewards for correctly guessing the dominant antelope in the reserve) in the midst of the Kalahari Desert. The semi-desert wil...
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10 Reasons You Should Visit the Big Hole in Kimberley
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10 Reasons You Should Visit the Big Hole in Kimberley

Kimberley’s open cast mine is the city’s major attraction. Mention Kimberley to anyone and their knee-jerk reaction is: ‘have you seen the Big Hole?’ Reputedly the world’s largest hole excavated by hand, the huge open pit (also known as the Groot Gat, which is Afrikaans for ‘big hole’) has attracted visitors since mining operations closed here in 1914, but is a visit a must-do? We list 10 reasons you should visit the Big Hole in Kimberley... 1. THE HOLE REALLY IS HUGE Kimberley’s Big Hole is big. It is the site of the world’s biggest diamond rush and the subsequent Kimberley Mine that...
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Corbelled Houses Unveiled – Why They’re The Most Exciting Thing To Happen To The Karoo
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Corbelled Houses Unveiled – Why They’re The Most Exciting Thing To Happen To The Karoo

Few people know that in South Africa’s hinterland - on farms neighbouring the towns of Carnarvon, Williston, Loxton and Fraserburg - are a series of strange-looking beehive stone structures. They’re an anomaly of the Northern Cape Karoo; excellent examples of the inventiveness of early pioneers (trek boere) to this semi-desert landscape, known as ‘hard man’s Karoo’, who headed out here between the middle and the end of the nineteenth century into the barren area beyond the Sak River. They left to escape the restraints of government or to search for new grazing grounds for their livestock...
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The Highlights Of Kimberley’s Belgravia Walk, Including 3 Useful Tips
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The Highlights Of Kimberley’s Belgravia Walk, Including 3 Useful Tips

Belgravia is Kimberley’s most posh suburb. Like its London counterpart, which lies just behind Buckingham Palace, Kimberley’s Belgravia lies close to the city’s major tourist attraction, The Big Hole. In fact, the land on which Belgravia lies was once a farm called Bultfontein, owned by the London and South African Exploration Company - a group of individuals considered, by all accounts, unscrupulous landlords. Most of the houses and buildings in the area were built during the 1880s, Victorian in style, from Kimberley bricks - deep orange/red, handmade and pressed - with corrugated iron ...
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7 Reasons to Explore the Karoo Roggeveld between Britstown and Sutherland
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7 Reasons to Explore the Karoo Roggeveld between Britstown and Sutherland

The alternative route between Bloemfontein and Cape Town - A spate of idiosyncratic towns will enchant you, as will the incredible scenery, windmills, hospitable people, corbelled houses and star-strewn skies - the likes of which you’ve never experienced before. As the crow flies it takes the average traveller 11 straight hours, and a rather deadened derriere, to travel between Cape Town and Bloemfontein. The national road is easy enough to navigate despite the barrage of trucks, if mind-numbingly dull (the N1 circumnavigates most towns en route, and the road goes on forever with little ...
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FREE. The Best Kept Secrets In Kimberley
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FREE. The Best Kept Secrets In Kimberley

Before exploring Kimberley I thought it had little more to offer than its ‘Big Hole’ experience. But the biggest city in South Africa’s largest province has a lot more going for it than we give it credit for. It’s origin as a diamond rush town made it the fastest-growing city in the southern hemisphere at the time that Cecil Rhodes amalgamated hundreds of claims into one hugely wealthy diamond industry. Today it’s a bustling, albeit small in terms of a city, community that Leana Coetzee, resident of the house next door to the one in which my father-in-law was born (it’s a long story!), expl...
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Why The Lesser-Known Northern Cape Is The Perfect Place For Adventure
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Why The Lesser-Known Northern Cape Is The Perfect Place For Adventure

It's no secret. South Africans regard their country as the Adventure Capital of the World. And for good reason – we've the world's highest commercial bridge bungee jump, the world's only crocodile cage-diving, we free dive with tiger sharks, swim with Cape fur seals, cage dive with great whites, hike in Big Five territory, abseil off Table Mountain, kayak with crocodiles and boast an Extreme 19th hole (accessible only by helicopter) on one of our signature golf courses (we'll leave it up to you to find out where!). And that's only the highlights we managed to fit in one paragraph... B...
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Who Wants To Know The Best Way To See The Namaqua Flowers?
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Who Wants To Know The Best Way To See The Namaqua Flowers?

Cut through the jargon and the hype and take note of these easy to follow suggestions for the best blooming Namaqua experience you've had yet! 1. WHAT IT IS The Namaqua flower route is the greatest flower show on earth - considered a natural phenomenon and one of the world's botanical wonders. During spring what is otherwise an arid, and to all appearances barren, landscape bursts into song as thousands of flowers appear almost everywhere – along the sides of roads, along the edges of the coast, and in many nature reserves. 2. HOW MANY FLOWERS? It features around 3000 plant species, at...
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20 Best Secret Scenic Spots In The Northern Cape
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20 Best Secret Scenic Spots In The Northern Cape

When it comes to recharging, re-connecting and reclaiming one's sense of self, the Northern Cape's isolation and beauty is hard to beat. It is one of the biggest provinces in the country, known for its desert landscapes, wild spring flowers and wildlife. But it is not as well navigated by travel books and guides as the Western Cape. We help you find the best secret scenic spots in the Northern Cape for your travel Instagram pics ... 20 Best Secret Scenic Spots In The Northern Cape 1. THE ARID BEAUTY OF RIEMVASMAAK Stripped of everything except the essentials this area way up north...
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Top Ten Natural Attractions in Northern Cape
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Top Ten Natural Attractions in Northern Cape

The Northern Cape is easily described in terms of remoteness. Both vast and under populated, by comparison with anywhere else in the country, it annexes 373 000 sq km - most of it the far-flung, empty spaces of the hinterland defined by relentless heat and desert sand dunes; the landscape knobbly with quiver and Halfmens trees. Yet this aridness also relinquishes some of nature's most generous treasures – the richly green wine-producing banks of the Gariep Dam, the legendary Augrabies Falls, dunes teeming with wild life, and spring flowers that oblige a desert mutation from a barren terrain...
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10 Karoo towns with weird sounding names
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10 Karoo towns with weird sounding names

It isn't difficult to find unusual names in the Karoo. It seems as if this vast, effortless aridity gives rise to names that are the deuce to pronounce, if you're a visitor, and difficult even if you live in South Africa. Here are 10 Karoo towns with weird sounding names... De Aar When it comes to the weird names of some Karoo towns there tends to be a strong association with underground streams (I'm thinking here of Lekkersing). De Aar is no exception. Its name means 'artery' which could well refer to its location as a major railway junction. Through here steam trains used to boom and p...
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10 Oddities that make the Northern Cape such a gem
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10 Oddities that make the Northern Cape such a gem

The Northern Cape is a vast province. It occupies a chunk of South Africa's north western territory, curving around the southern projection of Namibia, sharing parts of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park with Botswana, and bordering on the Eastern Cape's Venterstad, and the Free State's Christiana. People head to the Northern Cape to disappear. It isn't difficult given the countless little towns about which nobody has heard – Melkboom, Breeshoek, Aggeneys, Rooiputs and Hotazel are just a few of them. All that remains of the country's aborigines, the KhoiSan (the collective term for five ma...
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10 attractions that will have you packing your bags for the Upper Karoo
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10 attractions that will have you packing your bags for the Upper Karoo

For many the Karoo is a great expanse of (dry) land somewhere in the middle of South Africa. Just where this place of great heat and frosts, with an annual rainfall of next to nothing, starts and ends is a mystery, expounded by the impression that its extent is unknown (although we estimate it as nearly 400 000 square kilometres). We have rather a romantic notion about its limitless skies, Marino sheep, succulents, windmills and little hillocks. Rightly so, as it is unusually beautiful. Some of us speak with longing of retiring to a town in said expanse of land, to fritter away our days run...
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