The Northern Cape might be the little brother when it comes to all of the Capes in South Africa but don’t overlook it, you’ll be sorry you did as there is so much to see and do that you’ll want to visit again and again.
If you are an outdoorsy type then the Northern Cape should be on your to-do list. There is the Groenvlei Muishoek Mountain Bike Route that runs over the farm lands in Richmond and is about 18 to 55 km long, perfect for beginners to pros. The Rolfontein Nature Reserve in Vanderkloof is home to some really beautiful hiking trails. The Reserve is surrounded by the Vanderkloof Dam on three sides and has some great picnic spots so be sure to bring your camera.
The mighty Orange River runs through Port Nolloth and there you can book yourself a fly-fishing trip or if you fancy something more fast-paced you can make your way to Douglas and watch the annual Ghaap River Xtreme. The event is held over three days and includes activities such as swimming across the river, barefoot ski, wake-boarding, helicopter rides and even paintball!
Heading back to Kimberley is where you’ll find the Garipe Kunstefees, the annual art festival that showcases new films and local musicians, there are also exhibitions and a children’s theatre. Speaking of festivals, the Tankwa-Karoo National Park in Colesberg is the place to be at the end of April when the crew from AfrikaBurn roll into town to set up their awesome free expression and collaborative arts festival – one not to miss.
The Northern Cape has so much to offer, you just need to dig around a little bit, have a chat with a local and explore what this exciting stretch of land has to offer.