Northern Cape must see travel bucket list
To pinpoint just one or to specific reasons to put the Northern Cape high on your bucket list of South African travels, is a bad idea.
Underneath i would like to share with you just some of the destinations and activities our lovely province has to offer.
River Rafting on the Orange River
The Orange River is the longest river in South Africa. Rising in the mountains of Lesotho and flowing westwards, cutting through the desert of the Richtersveld. The beautiful mountainous surroundings and lush banks make for the most scenic route for water sports and camping adventures. The combination of gently flowing water and fast rapids make the Orange River a favourite amongst river rafters. There are many tour operators that offer safe and fun tours of the River.
Augrabies Falls and Kgalagadi
Augrabies Falls is in the Northern Cape, within the Augrabies Falls National Park. The powerful waterfall is a phenomenal 56 metres high, flowing into the Orange River. While the surrounding area makes for brilliant hiking and game drives, with zebra, gemsbok, and giraffe commonly seen, it is the Augrabies Falls that will take your breath away, and makes this worthy for your bucket list.
The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is the opposite of Augrabies as a desert destination. Red sand dunes, dry riverbeds, and little vegetation creates a landscape that is harsh but uniquely alluring, and allows for easy observation of the wild animals that have little to camouflage them. The animals have adapted to the Kalahari region, and there is an abundance of game, including lion, blue wildebeest, meerkat, and leopard
Northern Cape – Kgalagadi Lodge, Kalahari
Keeping it Kalahari’ is how Denise Koortzen and her husband, SJ, describe their lodge 5km south of the Kgalagadi Transfontier Park. Ideal for the South African traveller, the easily accessible lodge offers 31 reasonably-priced and well-equipped self-catering chalets with braai facilities, a campsite, a well-stocked shop and a small, stylish restaurant.
The four-year-old lodge is part of the owners’ vision to ‘green the Kalahari’, or at least their section of it. Being a fair distance from the nearest large town (Upington is 250km away), the couple realise the need to be as self-sufficient as possible and plan to get off the grid and start their own greenhouse for fresh produce.
After having sunk three boreholes, they built a large reverse-osmosis plant, ensuring a constant supply of quality water. Grey water from the laundry and showers is used to irrigate trees. As well as compact the soft, red sand on their roads.
Solar geysers, energy-efficient, inverter-type air-conditioners and compost heaps are additional features on their journey to developing a green facility in the Kalahari. A quiet base from which to explore the park, the lodge is a pleasure to return to after a day in the wild with its view of the gentle Kalahari hills and springbok wandering through the grounds. – Ron Swilling
Tankwa Camino Hiking trail
The Camino de Santiago de Compostela, is a legendary network of Catholic pilgrim routes. They cover parts of Spain, Portugal and France. It has seen an almost unprecedented revival. Thousands upon thousands of soulful individuals follows its path in search of enlightenment, peace and joy every year. Danie Pieterse from Rawsonville, decided to fulfil a lifelong dream. He walked from his one grandfather’s grave in Calvinia to his other grandfather’s grave in Ceres in 2013. And so doing established the Tankwa Camino.
The 10-day trail starts in Calvinia in the Northern Cape and ends in Ceres in the Western Cape. Taking your right through the heart of the desolate beauty of the Tankwa Karoo. The route is only open four times a year to small groups of pre-registered hikers. Distance: 256,6 km