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The little town of Victoria West – haven of the Karoo
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The little town of Victoria West – haven of the Karoo

I hadn't heard about the little dorp of Victoria West until a friend of mine mentioned the annual film festival that takes place at the town's Apollo Theatre, and her subsequent foray into one of only two restaurants in town (there's now a new pizza joint in town, which looks set to give them a bit of competition) where they became rather flummoxed at her request for vegetarian food. Upon closer inspection it became obvious that a visit was not entirely out of the question as Victoria West is but a 60 kilometre detour off the N1 between Cape Town and Johannesburg, where we were heading. The...
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Northern Cape Adventure – Adrenalin Junkie Activities in the Northern Cape
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Northern Cape Adventure – Adrenalin Junkie Activities in the Northern Cape

The gorgeous Northern Cape frequently gets a raw deal. Often ignored or overlooked for the more obviously exciting alternatives of the Eastern and Western Cape or the Limpopo, it doesn't deserve its Cinderella complex, despite its apparent desert or semi-desert state. If anything, these beautiful arid plains interspersed with haphazard rocky outcrops, brilliant blue skies, unique fauna and flora and the icy Atlantic that washes its western boundary give it a unique beauty all its own. And when it comes to beauty nothing beats the floral carpets that cover these scrub-covered plains come spr...
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Quiver Tree Photo
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Quiver Tree Photo

Todays featured Quiver Tree photo was sent to me by our good friend Barbara of Webtech Originals. This photograph was taken in the Northern Cape (Kakamas) of the Quiver Tree “forests” prevalent in the area. The Northern Cape is characterised by vast expanses of space and silence, drought and blazing summer sunshine ... The area is also notable for fine examples of Bushman art, abundant deposits of semi-precious stones, and friendly hospitality. To learn more about this province visit the Northern Cape. Quiver Tree forest in the Northern Cape - By and © Barbara Minnie Save Save
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The Richtersveld Explored
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The Richtersveld Explored

The Richtersveld National Park is arguably one of the most unforgiving landscapes in South Africa. A desert, where rainfall is unheard of for most of the year, and communities are sparsely spread around the vast, sometimes lunar landscapes. With the park being run by the residents of the area themselves, however, expert experience and advice is on hand, ensuring that any trip to the area will be a memorable one. The Richtersveld is located in Northern Namaqualand, in the Northern Cape, and stretches all the way up to the Orange River, South Africa’s border with Namibia. Despite the i...
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Discovering the Northern Cape
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Discovering the Northern Cape

Despite being South Africa’s largest province, the Northern Cape is its most sparsely populated and looking at the almost lunar landscape, characterised by dry, rocky crags and sand it’s clear that the climate plays a large part in this. This is a harsh, unforgiving landscape not given to agriculture which makes it unique in South Africa. But amongst the arid starkness of the Karoo and Kalahari, which make up the majority of the province, there are startling flashes of life unique to the area. The Orange River flows along the border between this province and Namibia on its path to t...
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