Campsites in Northern Cape

South Africa’s largest province. Borders Namibia in two regions (Karas and Hardap) and Botswana in one (Kgalagadi).

Home to 6 National Parks. They are: Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (desert beauty and gorgeous dark-maned lions), ai-Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park (breathtaking scenery and endemic vegetation), Mokala (antelope a-plenty and meerkats), Augrabies (a thundering waterfall, dropping 56km.  It is especially spectacular when the Orange River is in full flood during the rainy season.  Namaqua (flower season) and Tankwa Karoo (peace & quiet).

Wonderwerk (Miracle in Afrikaans) Caves in the Kuruman Hills is a World Heritage Site.  This impressive cave system extends about 140m into the base of the hill and contains up to 6m of archaeological deposits reflecting human and environmental history throughout the earlier, middle and late stone ages.

With more than half the population being fluent in Afrikaans, it’s no surprise that this is the language you will hear spoken most often, followed by Tswana, Xhosa, English and Sotho.

Kimberley, the capital, was once a destination for treasure seekers from all over the world. During the 1870s it was the centre of South Africa’s fevered diamond rush, with the famous Big Hole.  It is said that between 1871 and 1914, up to 50 000 miners dug into the glittering earth with picks and shovels, leaving a hole with a surface area of 17ha and a width of 463m. An estimated 2 720kg of diamonds were removed during this time.

 

 

 

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