Top nature reserves & national parks in the Northern Cape

Posted on 4 June 2024 By Louise Bell

The Northern Cape has a network of beautifully diverse landscapes to admire, from cascading waterfalls to desert-filled locations. 

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As there is a kaleidoscope of sceneries to explore, the nature reserves of this province are a fantastic way to drink in its natural wonders in a controlled setting. 

Unsure which nature reserve to visit while in the Northern Cape? Take a look at a few options that are sure to excite the outdoor adventurer in any visitor.

Namaqua National Park

An exciting and expansive landscape near Springbok, Namaque National Park is the perfect choice for visitors looking for a wide variety of outdoor activities. From 4×4 trails to witnessing the flowers in full bloom, there is something for every kind of nature fanatic.

This park is located in Namaqualand and is known for housing the world’s largest number of succulent species in an arid region. The Succulent Karoo biome is an epic way to experience the extremes and complexities nature can provide within proximity, such as desert landscapes with carpets of wildflowers nearby. From August to September, you can experience flower season and frolic between the sand and flora.

Goegap Nature Reserve 

A mere 15 km from Springbok, you’ll encounter the sandy landscape of Goegap Nature Reserve with a variety of hikes to complete in the semi-desert environment. Wildlife lovers will enjoy this reserve, as this Northern Cape gem has various animal species known to wander in this setting.

Whether you’re looking for birding opportunities or seeking to spot a springbok in the surroundings, you’ll have a field day spotting various creatures on your trip. 

Augrabies Falls National Park

With its location near the majestic Orange River, Augrabies Falls National Park is the ultimate option if you’re looking to experience the wonders of a waterfall up close. The Khoi people have dubbed these falls ‘Aukoerebis’, which translates to ‘place of great noise’ because of the roaring surge of water that plunders down.

If you visit this national park and inevitably fall in love with its tranquil and enchanting surroundings, there are accommodation options within the park to consider.

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