Things to do in the Northern Cape

Posted on 2 April 2024

When thinking of holiday destinations, the Northern Cape province is not normally top of mind for the average South African.

However, the province is a paradise for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike, with a lot to offer including breathtaking landscapes, wildlife and exciting outdoor activities.

If you are considering this underrated province for your next trip, here are a few things to enjoy:

  1. The Big Hole

Picture: Getaway Gallery

Located in Kimberley, the Big hole is considered one of the biggest cavities excavated by man with a depth of 215 meters. It is an interesting and informative site. You can join one of the Kimberley Big Hole tours where you explore the multi-faceted story of diamonds, the people that sought them and the tools they used.

You can also visit the Makala National Park and the Diggers’ Memorial. If you are travelling with your children, taking the lift to have an underground experience is something they may find very thrilling.

  1. Southern African Large Telescope

The Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) in Sutherland, Northern Cape. Image: supplied

The Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) is located near the small town of Sutherland. It is the largest single optical telescope in the southern hemisphere.

You can enjoy day or night tours led by delightful guides. The surrounding vegetation is also very enchanting in the summer, making it the ideal opportunity to slow down and enjoy the unique experience.

  1. Namaqualand National Park

If you are a nature lover, Namaqualand National Park is the tourist attraction for you.

The charming site is known for its breathtaking wildflowers that bloom in Spring. The semi-dessert Karoo biome is also a fantastic spot to enjoy a scenic drive, a picnic or simply a refreshing nature walk.

  1. McGregor Museum

The McGregor Museum was officially founded in 1907. It conserves the natural and cultural history, as well as the diversity of the Northern Cape.

There are several parts to the museum including galleries and exhibitions, which all contribute  to an interesting and educational experience.

  1. Witsand Nature Reserve

The Witsand Nature Reserve covers about 3,500 hectares and is dominated by majestic yet inviting sand dunes. The picturesque eco-destination is filled with bird life, including the Social Weaver and the Pygmy falcon which is Africa’s tiniest raptor.

Adrenaline seekers can satisfy themselves to some sand boarding, while those who prefer slowness and relaxation can enjoy a good picnic at one of the picnic spots.

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