Northern Cape

The Northern Cape is by far and away the largest province in South Africa, covering almost a third of its land mass - that's ten times larger than Gauteng and 30% bigger than the entire United Kingdom.

Travelling through this area is really very simple as there are generally very few roads that connect very few towns - just 850,000 or so of the 44 million people in South Africa live here.

But this is what makes it fantastic to visit and a loop around the Northern Cape is perhaps the most thrilling drive in the country. Of course it is long (some 900km from Cape Town to Upington alone), but it is truly epic.

Kicking off through the lush farms of the Cederberg you'll head north through Namaqualand to Springbok, a mining town that grew up around copper, coal and diamonds. A sharp right before the Namibian border and you strike out east, across the desert to the Orange River oasis of Upington before completing the triangle by returning south-west to Nieuwoudtville.

The scenery is truly lunar, the spring flowers are one of the world's great botanical wonders and as long as you have air-conditioning, a passion for huge open spaces and the following itinerary hints - we reckon you'll love it.

The West Coast and Cederberg have both already been covered and there are plenty of places to stay around there listed in our accommodation guide - so no extra help needed on that.

Hot tip
Only 2.4% of the Northern Cape population speak English as a first language, so try and pick up some Afrikaans pleasantries before you go.

Northern Cape Accommodation

Listed by town/area where applicable (click to auto-scroll):
Colesberg :: Nieuwoudtville :: Upington ::

Colesberg

Kuilfontein Stable Cottages

Kuilfontein Stable Cottages

Colesberg

R525– R725 pp for B&B. R90 single supplement. Children 6+ on request.

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Nieuwoudtville

Papkuilsfontein Guest Farm

Papkuilsfontein Guest Farm

Nieuwoudtville

From 1 August 2016: R460 pp self-catering, but minimum self-catering rates apply for cottages for August and September only. New rates from 1 August 2017 to 31 July 2018 are R500 pp self-catering but minimum self-catering rates apply for cottages for August and September only.

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Upington

A la Fugue

A la Fugue

Upington

R680 per unit (except family bungalow ”Vivaldi” R900) for accommodation only.

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