Big skies. Really big, really blue skies. Raptors hover over the mountain desert of the Richtersveld, the cascading Augrabies Falls and the expansive wilderness of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. These parks only form a small part of this arid and vivid Northern Cape province.
The Northern Cape is a land of many diverse cultures, of frontier history and brave missionaries. It also has countless challenges for the adrenaline junkies, hikers, hunters and 4×4 adventurers. It has impressive parks with endless game and some of the most unique flora in the world.
Much of life and adventure is dependent on the sweeping tide of the Orange River, a 2 000km stretch of natural magnificence dubbed the !Garib (great river) by the Khoisan. With constant ribbons of green along its banks that contrast with the arid surrounds, at some places it can be a 6km-wide, impassable torrent and at others scarcely a stream.
The Kalahari Desert can be likened to a colossal sweeping river of another kind. Its red shifting sands that once rippled and moved are now mostly stable and home to hundreds of diverse species of flora and fauna.
A place of vastness and silence, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (bigger than many countries) extends across much of the Kalahari. Every now and again the unmistakable cry of African fish eagle rings out, or the gut-wrenching roar of a black maned Kalahari Lion carries across the landscape.
The openness continues to the vast koppie-strewn plains of the Karoo and Namakwa where hardy succulents complement sweet grasses and the clean, clear air is bedecked with stars at night.
Photographers, writers and orators fail to adequately communicate the experience. After watching springbok pronk through the veld, hundreds of wildebeest migrating, a wild cat stalking its prey and shooting stars sprinting across the sky, you will realise that this is a destination that you can’t just read about or just drive through, but a destination that you have to participate in. So come and experience the Northern Cape…
Journey with us and discover a destination that is rich in history and culture – embracing one of the oldest people groups on the planet, the Khomani San (amongst others who call this place home.)
|Diamond Coast Route
Breath-taking scenes of the Atlantic Ocean on the one side with occasional sightings of dolphins and whales and the endemic wildlife of the enraptured veld on the other side. Tours to the Diamond Coast are mostly guided and 4x4's are needed to explore it in full. Read more...
|Kalahari Red Dune Route
Winding through the Khalahari, from just north of Upington all the way into the Kglagadi Transfrontier Park, the Red Dune Route drifts from Guest House to Game Farm in a pleasurable combination of unlimited hospitality and arresting scenery. Read more...
|Karoo Highlands Route
Ever yearned for a space so vast that the horizon continues into the future? Or to see the stars so clearly you feel that you touch them? The Karoo Highlands Route is where you can experience such uniqueness. The area is renowned for the hospitality of its farming community. Whether you’ll be admiring the inimitability of the corbelled houses or looking back in time at the Gansfontein Palaeo Surface, your heart will surely be touched by this region as never before. Read more...
|The Quiver Tree Route
The Quiver Tree Route is a land of contrasts between stark fawn arid land and verdant green vineyards. The Great Gariep, known more commonly as the Orange River, winds through the landscape and brings life to the surrounding partched earth. Read more...
|The Richtersveld Route
The Richtersveld is a vast and unforgiving environment, stark and dramatic yet strikingly beautiful. This route is for the self-sufficient 4x4er only and it is highly recommended that you travel in a convoy as you traverse this largely uninhabited part of the Northern Cape. Read more...