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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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Visit Kimberley
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Visit Kimberley

We arrived in Kimberley on a mid-Sunday afternoon at its brilliantly atmospheric railway station. As you descend onto the platform you are immediately conscience of how wonderfully different it is from other modern day stations. The metal latticed roof structure is designed to allow plenty of natural light in and the wooden benches perfectly accompany the calligraphy signage boards that announce your arrival with all the flair of a bygone era. Stone walls and white arches guide you out and into the Capital of the Northern Cape. Kimberley is famous for its diamonds, in fact were it not f...
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What to wear in the Northern Cape – The Northern Cape Packing List
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What to wear in the Northern Cape – The Northern Cape Packing List

The Northern Cape has a unique climate, thanks to its being situated higher up and along the Namibian border. It is home to part of the immense Kalahari Desert, which means that a large proportion of the province is either arid or semi-arid. It is hot and dry. While this may not yield a particularly green and lush vegetation that is typical of provinces like Mpumalanga, the Northern Cape certainly does boast a beauty all its own. Summers in the Northern Cape are extremely hot and dry, particularly as one moves further north. Temperatures have been known to simmer at around 35 to 38 degr...
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Kimberley Shines Bright Like A Diamond In The Northern Cape
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Kimberley Shines Bright Like A Diamond In The Northern Cape

When you think of Kimberley, you probably think of the ‘Big Hole’. Although this is probably one of the main highlights here, Kimberley has many other exciting attractions, upcoming events and wonderful things to do. Originally a diamond mining town, Kimberley’s ‘Big Hole’ was hand dug in the plight to mine diamonds hidden deep below the surface. The Big Hole is just over a kilometer deep and has a total surface area of 17 hectares. Not only is the view from the lookout point here simply breathtaking but the De Beers mine tour that takes you underground is absolutely fascinating and definit...
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Navigating the Mighty Orange River
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Navigating the Mighty Orange River

The 2 200km long Orange River, the leviathan of Southern African Rivers, whips and winds its perennial tail through an incredible array and variety of landscapes beginning in the appropriately named Drakensberg (Dragon Mountain) catchment area. Along its course the Orange plays a vital role to the people of South Africa, Lesotho and Namibia and is also responsible for the squiggled international border between the former and the latter. Excepting the 193km to the west of it, the Orange runs the breadth of South Africa culminating in an extravagant exit into the Atlantic at Alexander ...
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Adventure Sport in the Northern Cape
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Adventure Sport in the Northern Cape

South Africa is full of magnificent hotspots for adrenalin-addicts to explore, and the province of the Northern Cape is no exception. In fact, it is one of the favourite destinations for those that love pushing themselves to the limit in terms of adventure sports. The landscape of the Northern Cape is as varied as it is beautiful. Although this is the largest province in the country, it is also the most sparsely populated; promising vast expanses of open countryside for the adventurous among us to enjoy. Some of the natural resources that create real highlights for visitors are the Augra...
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Exploring Kimberley in South Africa’s Northern Cape
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Exploring Kimberley in South Africa’s Northern Cape

Kimberley is a town filled with diamond mines, haunted corners, home of Anglo-Boer monuments and gentleman’s clubs where the rich and famous all convened. Visiting Kimberley is like taking a tour of big parts of our country’s rich history. Aside from getting an education and looking into the past, you can enjoy the wide open spaces of a national park close to town. Here are a few things to do whilst there... The Big Hole This has got to be Kimberley’s greatest claim to fame- the world’s largest man-made hole which cultivated vast amounts of diamonds. Visit the site to see where many min...
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Have You Been to Prieska
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Have You Been to Prieska

Prieska is a very small town that is perched along the Orange River in the Northern Cape. It is 240 kilometres south of Kimberley and its famous Big Hole. Although having been occupied by indigenous South Africans, such as the Bushmen, for generations, it was only made a formal municipality in 1878. Little was known about Prieska until the late 1800’s and the earliest part of the 1900’s. At this time, farmers began to travel to Prieska when the salt pans flooded. These farmers built homesteads, established farms and set up a small community, but never developed the town much further tha...
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Take A Walk On The Wild Side With The Bushman Of The Kalahari
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Take A Walk On The Wild Side With The Bushman Of The Kalahari

The Bushman, also known as San, were the very first indigenous folk of Southern Africa. They inhabited the land, cultivated it, and lived off it. They left clues about their location, movements, customs and characteristics in the forms of cave paintings and artefacts left behind for us to discover generations later. When South Africa was colonised by Europeans in the 18th and 19th centuries, many of these Bushmen were either killed in battles for the land, or they eventually elected to change their rural way of life and become more integrated into the western cultures and communities. ...
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Colesberg Coolness
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Colesberg Coolness

Colesberg is a small Karoo town that lies along the N1, between Cape Town and Johannesburg. Being situated amidst tall koppies (including the famous Coleskop) and sheep farms that stretch for miles through the rugged South African terrain, Colesberg truly is a haven of a very special kind of beauty. When mission stations were built in this area in the 19th century, they soon attracted needy Khoisan people. Farmers got nervous about the stability of their property and insisted that the area be declared their property. So, in 1830, the town was named Colesberg after Sir Lowry Cole. Thi...
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Exploring the Northern Cape Province
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Exploring the Northern Cape Province

The Northern Cape is an exquisite province, where peace and tranquillity meet rich history and magnificent landscapes. As South Africa’s largest and most sparsely populated province, vast expanses seem to carry on endlessly, apparently untouched and pristine. The Orange River is a major part of the Northern Cape’s landscape, feeding the plants and providing life-giving water to the animals around it; providing a stunning spectacle to those sitting on its banks. The Northern Cape borders Botswana and Namibia, which means that it is particularly accessible to travellers from African countries...
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The Kalahari Desert
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The Kalahari Desert

The Kalahari Desert is a huge area of land that extends from the Northern Cape of South Africa up into Botswana and Namibia. It is believed to be some 500 million years old and is home to a number of fossils that have fascinated researchers for decades. It measures almost a million square kilometres. Despite being arid, with only a small amount of rainfall every year, the Kalahari Desert is actually home to a huge variety of plants and animals. Flora includes Acacia trees, Kiwano trees, short grasses, and the famous Baobab Tree. Of course, because the area of this desert is so extens...
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See The Flowers, Be The Flowers
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See The Flowers, Be The Flowers

The magic of a blanket of beautiful blooms comes alive in Namaqualand between July and September of every year. In fact, this part of the Northern Cape is actually fairly quiet for the rest of the year. However, come winter, visitors from all over the world flock to see the magnificence of the blooms as they emerge from their summer sleepiness and grace the extensive countryside with their vibrant colours and breath-taking aroma. There are more than 4 000 different plant species, but it is up to the weather to decide which will flourish in any given year. This means that even regular...
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I Love Kimberley Because …
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I Love Kimberley Because …

Hi, I’m Riana Engelbrecht from Broadwater between Kimberley and Douglas in the Northern Cape. KIMBERLEY IS BEST KNOWN FOR the Big Hole, the largest hand-dug excavation in the world. GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN in the old Town at the Big Hole, to look like a film star from the diamond era. THE BEST flamingo PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT Kamfersdam, just outside Kimberley on the Johannesburg Road. OTHER HAPPY SNAPS in the Old Town at the Big Hole. WHEN THE WEATHER'S GOOD, I LIKE TO relax at the river at Broadwater. WHEN THE WEATHER'S BAD, I LIKE TO go on the underground tour and see ...
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