The summer holidays are finally here and for most of South African families this is the one holiday which allows time to re-charge, re-discover, re-connect and enjoy time spent together.

 

The Northern Cape consists of five different regions, each offering visitors unique experiences as well as the time and space to recharge, rediscover and reconnect with friends, family and loved ones.  The province has compiled a colourful summer travel guide with a map to introduce travellers to off-the-beaten track destinations and fun activities for the whole family.

 

According to Mac Jack, MEC for Finance, Economic Development and Tourism, the Northern Cape is definitely a destination for all seasons, but particularly during the summer season with sunny skies and warm, friendly people.  “After a stressful year, there is no better way to prepare for your summer holidays than taking a quick break in our beautiful province.  Short stop-overs are ideal to explore the hidden gems of the Northern Cape and offer the ideal opportunity to relax and revitalise before reaching your end destination,” he said.

 

“It is also a great idea to include rest stops during your journey and there are fascinating places to explore along the major roads through the province – whether you are heading to the coast, Namibia or Eastern Cape and even if you’re heading back home,” said Jack.

 

Discover Diamond Country in the Diamond Fields region of the Northern Cape as you travel along the N12 between Johannesburg and Cape Town.  The capital of Kimberley is a bustling city with loads of riveting tourism attractions including the Big Hole and the Kimberley Museums, Galeshewe township tour and Historical sites.  Wildlife enthusiasts can visit Dronfield Nature Reserve and Mokala National Park.  Britstown is a perfect stop-over to stretch legs or stop at the Transkaroo Country Lodge for a taste of true Karoo slow food and hospitality. The Victoria Trading Post in Victoria West is the perfect place to enjoy great coffee and delicacies and stock up for the road.

 

The N1 takes travellers through the historical town of Colesberg with must-see attractions including the Struggle Route, donkey cart tours at Karretjie village, or visit the beautifully decorated Anglican Church built in 1854.  Those interested in Anglo Boer war history should not miss the  Kemper museum with its excellent collection of Anglo-Boer War photographs, artefacts and a 19th century toy collection.

 

The Cape to Namibia route or N7 highway is the gateway to Namibia.  Slow down and appreciate the unique stories of the people of Garies, Kamieskroon, Springbok and Steinkopf. Springbok is home to the first commercial copper mine in the country as well as the oldest melting furnace of its kind in the country, which has been declared a national monument.

 

Prepare yourself for the Green Kalahari region as the N8 reveals the divine contrast of the province with lush green vineyards along the fertile Orange River valley dissecting the traditionally arid region.  Small towns like Campbell, Griquatown and Groblershoop offer welcome rest stops along the way, while the bustling hub of Upington is perfect for a stay-over with loads of attractions, including a sundowner cruise on the river, the Augrabies Falls National Park and the wine tastings at local cellars and wine and brandy estates.  Upington is also the gateway to the Kalahari region with its incredible natural beauty and rich wildlife.

 

Visitors heading west along the N14 towards the West Coast will travel from Kuruman in the Kalahari via the mining town of Kathu through Upington and its unique Kokerboom Food and Wine Route to Springbok in the Namakwa before heading for the blue waters of the Atlantic and quaint seaside towns like Port Nolloth and the Blue Flag beach of McDougal’s Bay. In Kuruman visit “The Eye” of Kuruman, a spring that yields 20 million litres of water per day, Robert Moffat Mission named after Robert Moffat who translated the Bible into Setswana, and Wonderwerk Cave, archaeological excavations of the 140m long caves which dates back over a million years.

 

For more information, visit www.experiencenortherncape.com or share your holiday memories in the Northern Cape with us on Facebook at NorthernCapeTourism or @NorthernCapeSA on Twitter tagging #NorthernCape.

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