With its impressive parks, endless game and some of the most unique flora in the world, the Northern Cape is home to the sweeping tide of the Orange River.
The Northern Cape landscape is characterised by vast arid plains with outcroppings of haphazard rock piles. The cold Atlantic Ocean forms its western boundary and it is known for its desert landscapes, wildlife and gemstones.
We spoke to Marketing Manager at North Cape Tourism, Dianna Martin for more on the largest yet most sparsely populated province.
“If you are looking for utter beauty and inspiration, there are few sights as magnificent as the Namaqualand in spring. An area that for the majority of the year can be described as semi-arid and desert like, with little to no colour becomes a masterpiece of orange and purples in August and September.” Popular with both local and international tourists, you can imagine the province is busy that time of the year so book accommodation sooner than later.
The Big Hole situated in the capital of Kimberly, once a flat-toped hill is today a gaping hole that measures 215 metres deep with a surface area of 17 hectares and perimeter of 1.6 kilometres. Dianna clues us up on our Geography “What you may not know is that the Big Hole is an entirely man-made structure and is said to be the largest hand-dug excavation in the world. The underground mine reaches a depth of 1097 metres and tourists can go underground in a recreation of a mine shaft of the period.” – We’ll skip that one thank you
The Northern Cape has a wide selection of conference and expo venues from the Protea Hotel Kimberley; a luxury 4-Star venue built on the edge of the famous Kimberley Blue Hotel to The Kalahari Gateway Hotel and Conference centre which is another great spot with some gorgeous nearby attractions like Augrabies Falls and Namaquland flower route. From Colesberg to Upington, you can rest assured to find conference facilities and accommodation throughout the province.