On my first visit to the Northern Cape, I bypassed almost the entire province. With a group of friends, I drove straight up the N7 from Cape Town, only stopping once – in Springbok for pies and petrol – before crossing the Namibian border at Vioolsdrif and climbing into a canoe to paddle down the Orange River for several days.
The trip delivered a special kind of off-grid magic: days of floating along beside the Richtersveld’s rippled sand dunes and craggy volcanic mountains and nights spent camping on the river banks, sleeping under a sky heavily laden with stars. With… Read More
The Northern Cape is South Africa’s largest province, with desert landscapes, wildlife and gemstones. Together with Botswana, it shares Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, with its red sand dunes that shelter lions and falcons. Wild daisies and other springtime flowers carpet the typically arid plains of Namaqualand, a region stretching into Namibia.
Holiday season is coming up and everyone has something in mind for a getaway. “The Northern Cape is a melting pot of activities, ranging from long road trips, safaris and game drives, hunting lodges and charming old Karoo towns,” says Jean Lambrechts, owner of Northern Cape Famous Lodges.
For decades, the semi-desert, Karoo region of South Africa was for many cross-country travellers a massive patch of nothingness you had to drive through to get from Johannesburg to Cape Town and back again. But times have changed. Visitors are beginning to explore the Karoo with new eyes and are discovering what we locals have known for a long time: South Africa’s heartland is where the fun begins.
There are dozens of ways to enjoy the Karoo, but these are our top 5.
Snow and romance
When snow falls in the Karoo it’s like Christmas… Read More
It’s almost time for the Afrikaburn Festival that takes place on Stonehenge Farm in the Tankwa Karoo, Northern Cape. The festival takes place this year from 25 April-1 May and is the ultimate invitation for “free expression” against a lunar landscape – where mutant vehicles, enormous structures, glorious, living and breathing artworks, live music, performance and dress-up are the order of the day.
Inspired by the Burning Man Festival in Black Rock, Nevada, USA – Afrikaburn is based on the same set of guiding principles. These principles create the… Read More
Afrikaburn is all about self-expression, celebrating the individual and the community, being kind to the earth and having an absolute blast. The festival takes place in the Tankwa Karoo in the Northern Cape, and this year, celebrates it’s 10th anniversary (or ‘incarnation’ as the organisers like to call it). All images by Ryan James, Darling Lama Productions.
Any time of year is a good time to take a romantic break, whether it’s a mid-week mini holiday in the winelands or a weekend getaway in the bush far from the madding crowds. Our Sawubona writers put together a list of five value-for-money getaways in five of SA’s provinces.
At this intimate boutique hotel (it has only nine rooms), the little touches, attention to detail and exceptional service make for an intimate and discerning experience. Situated in the breathtaking… Read More