The Northern Cape is the largest and most sparsely populated region in South Africa. This area incorporates the arid Karoo scrubland, the semi-desert of the southern Kalahari, and the mighty Orange River, making it a must for lovers of wide-open spaces.
The province has some of the most unique and delicate eco-systems in the world. Visit the , Kalahari Gemsbok, Richtersveld and Vaalbos National Parks to discover how plants and animals have adapted to live almost independently of water.
The Kalahari Gemsbok National Park offers the opportunity to see big cats in an open, semi-arid environment. The Richtersveld National Park is testimony to the miracle of life and home to some of the rarest plant species on earth. The Vaalbos National Park supports large game herds, and the rock-paintings of its former inhabitants, the San Bushmen.
Explore the area in an off-road vehicle, or paddle a canoe down the Orange River through spectacular desert scenery. You can go whitewater rafting, hiking and abseiling, or set off in search of the elusive black-maned Kalahari lion.
Visit the city of Kimberley, scene of one of the biggest diamond rushes in history, and view the 365-meter deep pit left by 30 000 men in their search for those precious gems.