OFF THE BEATEN TRACK ROUTE IN THE NORTHERN CAPE
Discover the great secret of South Africa, the Northern Cape! A gigantic no man’s land where you can drive for hours in your 4 × 4 without seeing another car on the road. It’s pristine South Africa, offbeat and gives you the full ‘alone world’ experience.
The Northern Cape is the largest and most sparsely populated province in South Africa. Bordering Botswana and Namibia, it is a country of extremes: high temperatures in summer and freezing nights in winter. The landscape consists of red dunes, a river surrounded by green vineyards and secluded nature parks. Now and then you will come across a town comprising of no more than a few streets and one or two traffic lights.
THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE, BUT IN SOUTHERN AFRICA
Northern Cape is a gigantic no man’s land. Let’s start at the first highlight of the area, nestled at the border of Namibia and Botswana lays the Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park stretches across the Kalahari desert and is located partly in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana! The park is gigantic. In this desert-like park, you will find the tough lions with black manes that have adapted to this dry area. Chances are, you will spot cheetahs and hyenas here. A unique desert safari!
Are you crazy about waterfalls? Then it’s best to head to the Augrabies Falls National Park. The Augrabies Falls is a bizarre natural phenomenon in the middle of a desert area. Did you know that these are the largest waterfalls in South Africa? The Orange River, which crosses the border of Namibia and South Africa, drops sixty meters here, the sound you hear is deafening. It is not without reason that this place is called ‘Aukoerebis’, also known as ‘Place of Great Noise’. Enjoy the view!
FLOATING ACROSS A LAND BORDER
The Orange River is very special. This river is the longest in South Africa! It rises in the Drakensberg near the border between South Africa and Lesotho and flows west towards the Atlantic ocean. The river also forms the border between South Africa and Namibia. Can you imagine that you float around in your canoe on a border area? Because that is possible! Get into your canoe, and discover the rugged area. Behind every curvature, in the jagged river bed, a new beautiful viewpoint will appear.
THE COLOURFUL FLOWER FIELDS ALONG THE NORTH CAPE
If you slowly go a bit more towards the coast, the desert-like landscape suddenly changes into more colourful and magical flower fields that are in full bloom in August and September. Flora enthusiasts will get their money’s worth in Tankwa Karoo National Park and Namaqua National Park. Tankwa Karoo is a place of silence and peace. Here you can see dust clouds floating peacefully over the ancient landscape and the colour of the ground changes with the position of the sun. In the evening, you can enjoy an endless and impressive starry sky! It is no coincidence that the Africa Burn festival takes place here every year. This cool festival is a once in a lifetime experience, check the images at the bottom of the page. And you’ll get what we mean!
Namaqua National Park is a park with many contrasts: flower fields, trees, mountains and dunes roll over into the Atlantic ocean. Between July and November, the park has millions of colourful flowers, but it is also very worthwhile out of season! You can camp beautifully by the sea or stay in a beautiful cottage in the dunes. There are endless hiking, 4 × 4 and mountain bike routes.
A little more towards Cape Town you will find the West Coast, National Park. The flowers here also bloom in August and September. This park is part of the West Coast, also known as Weskus. During this road trip, do not miss the coast: on this rugged coastline, you will find cosy towns where you can enjoy fresh seafood and the most unique and remote campsites!
FINISH WITH WELL-DESERVED LUXURY IN BUSTLING CAPE TOWN
After this rugged and adventurous 4 × 4 road trip, there is nothing better than ending the tour in style. Add Cape Town to your trip for a few more days, and you will come back fully satisfied from an adventurous holiday. Enjoy the hip restaurants and beach bars or rent a car and discover the Cape coast. Prefer to discover the Cape Winelands? For example, stay in Stellenbosch, or Elgin Wine Valley, here luxury is of paramount importance, and you will come across the best food delights of South Africa.