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THE NORTHERN CAPE...
AT THE VERY HEART OF SOUTH AFRICAN HISTORY


Renowned for its southern Kalahari scenery and Richterveld mountain desert, its abundant diamonds and home to the world's "first people" the San-Bushman, Griqua and Nama is undoubtedly South Africa's most unusual tourist destination. Who would believe that ten percent of South African vineyards grow in the Upington region.



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Vaalbos National Park
An extraordinary area along the Vaal River where wildlife such as roan antelope, black rhino, white rhino, buffalo, eland, red hartebeest and tsessebe are to be seen in the former heart of the alluvial diamond diggings near Kimberley. The name Vaalbos originates from the vaalbos (camphor bush) which is a prominent plant species in the park.

Augrabies Falls National Park - Kakamas
Waterfall sights are awesome or a sound as deafening as water thundering down the 56 m Augrabies Waterfall when the Orange River is in full flood. As this powerful flow of water is unleashed from rocky surroundings characterized by the 18km abyss of the Orange River Gorge. Picturesque names as Moon Rock, Ararat and Echo Corner are descriptive of this rocky region. The 28 000 hectares are sancturary to a diversity of species, from the Kokerboom (quiver trees), very small succulents, birds and reptiles to springbok, gemsbok and the endangered black rhino.


Historical Walk – Kimberley
This historical walk hosts 33 of the city's most historical sites. Kimberley was named in 1873 after John Wodehouse, first earl of Kimberley. Diamond discoveries at Coleberg Kopje on Vooruitzicht farm in 1871 and triggered the first diamond rush into Kimberley. Today Kimberley is a prosperous thriving metropolis named "the Diamond Capital of the world". The Big hole and Kimberley Museum boasts Kimberley oldest house and displays of the "Eureka" first recorded diamond discovered in this region (616 carats uncut octahedron diamond).

The romantic Belgravia walk – Kimberley
Savour Kimberley's magnificent and romantic past by spending a few hours on a historical walk in the most beautiful and historical suburb of Belgravia. This circular walk covers a distance of some two kilometres and leads the visitor to 33 of the City's most historical sites. During the walk, old Kimberley's opulent lifestyle and its characteristic architecture will be revealed and famous monuments will be visited. The McGregor Museum in Atlas Street sells a Belgravia Historical Guide Book.

The Great Kimberley north walk – Kimberley
Another great historical walk covering the city centre and the area to the north of the city centre. More than forty enchanting and notable historic sites and streets, including the Executioner's Yard and Stockdale Street, are encountered on the route. The walk starts and ends at one of Kimberley's oldest hotels, the Savoy, and covers a distance of just under four kilometres. The McGregor Museum sells a Great Kimberley North Walk Guide Book.

Wild Flower Reserve - Nieuwoudville
Wild Flower reserve was founded in 1974 for the purpose of preserving unique flora of the district which consist of115ha of Renosterveld and dolerite dyke. This area displays of over 500 000 endemic Bulbinella.


Seal Colony – Kleinzee/Koiingnaas
Seal colony with more than 450 000 animals on the admiralty.



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