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Blue wildebeest, Kalahari desert, South Africa

Northern Cape

Wildlife, wildflowers and wide-open spaces

Northern Cape holidays

Introduction

A land of diamonds, wildflowers and wide open spaces, this remote province is characterised by the arid plains of the Kalahari and, the brilliant blooms that fill Namaqualand every August. Head out into the wilderness in search of black-maned lions and meerkats and look out over the Big Hole diamond mine in the rough-and-ready town of Kimberley - the pace that gave birth to De Beers.

Tswalu Kalahari

Situated on the southern fringes of the great Kalahari Desert, around seven hours’ drive west of Johannesburg, is Tswalu Kalahari – a vast private game reserve where the austerity of its desert landscapes provides one of South Africa’s most authentic wilderness experiences. Here, visitors have the chance to encounter several unusual species, including roan and sable antelope, Hartmann’s mountain zebra and a small but growing population of rare desert black rhino.

Namaqualand

For botanists, the Namaqua National Park is something of a mecca, it's otherwise arid landscapes transforming each spring into a psychedelic carpet of brightly coloured blooms. The season is short – from early August to late September – and displays are dependent on the winter rains. Namaqualand is also well noted for its biodiversity, with more than 40% of the resident plant species endemic to the region. There's wildlife here, too, including the endangered Hartmann's zebra, aardwolf and honey badger.

Top itineraries in Northern Cape

Kruger, Cape & Kalahari

11-day tailor-made journey from £7,485 pp incl. flights

This once-in-a-lifetime trip is the ultimate safari experience, stopping off at Cape Town between Kruger National Park and South Africa’s largest private reserve.

Top places to stay in Northern Cape

Tswalu, Northern Cape, South Africa

Accommodation

Tswalu Kalahari is the largest private game reserve in South Africa and covers an area of over 100,000 hectares. Tswalu makes conservation its absolute priority and has won numerous accolades over the years including the National Geographic Adventure Magazine’s Top 50 Eco Lodges in 2009 .

Where to go in Northern Cape

South African Kalahari

The Kalahari is a vast region of unspoilt vistas, red plains, colossal waterfalls, , games farms, gaping open pit mines and restored local communities.

Namaqualand

North of the Orange River and Namaqualand extends into a vast and varied region. After the winter rainfall the area explodes into a riotous blaze of colour as the yearly wild flower bloom carpets the earth.

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