Road trip destination: Northern Cape

The Northern Cape is the largest and least populated province in South Africa. With relatively small towns and huge expanses of land, you can be sure to find a road-tripping adventure in the Northern Cape’s bounteous landscape. One can travel the length and breadth with views of sand dunes to the North, fields of spring flowers to the west, salt pans in the interior and mountains to the south. All of this within our own borders so book a car with Drive Africa’s unlimited mileage deals and travel till you’ve seen it all.

Namaqualand

Namaqualand

Travelling to Namaqualand between July and September is one of South Africa’s hidden gems as thousands of flowers bloom in the usually drab panorama. Scent and colour burst forth creating a truly breath-taking landscape. The flowers are not the only thing to see with Namakwa being the most diverse arid hotspot in the world with more than 6000 plant species, 250 birds, 78 mammals and 132 reptiles and amphibians. The world’s largest forest of quiver trees lie outside Loeriesfontein and the climes of Nuweveld Mountain are the only place to find star-trees.

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Sutherland and the sky

Sutherland and the sky

Sutherland’s remote location and arid climate make for some of the clearest stargazing skies. Whether you want a little hideaway to cosy up for a few days or the best camping skies this side of the equator, Sutherland is the place to be. If you fancy a closer look try the SAAO, this observatory is home to the most powerful telescope in the southern hemisphere. Guided day and night tours are available for your viewing.

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Kimberley

Kimberley

For the history buffs there really is nowhere better than Kimberley. Home to The Big Hole and Kimberley Mine, there is a wealth of history embedded in the buildings and surroundings of this old town. One can find historical homes, tours and other experiences to educate and enjoy. A night or two in one of the many B & B’s is also a great way to rest weary legs and minds.

kimberley-city-hall   World_War_I_memorial_in_Kimberley

With unlimited mileage and specials for under 23’s, an African adventure is on your doorstep so book today and live life to its fullest.

 

 

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