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Accommodation & Travel Guide - Northern Cape Province, South Africa
Bed & Breakfasts, Guest Houses, Self-Catering, Hotels, Safari & Game Lodges

Northern Cape Province Accommodation by Location:
Bed & Breakfasts/Guest Houses:
Augrabies B&B/Guest Houses - Colesberg B&B/Guest Houses - Kimberley B&B/Guest Houses
- Kuruman B&B - Upington B&B/Guest Houses
Game & Safari Lodges:
Colesberg Game Lodges - Kimberley Safari Lodges - Kuruman Game Lodges
Namaqualand Lodges - Springbok
Hotels & Boutique Hotels:
Kimberley Boutique Hotels - Upington Hotels & Lodges
Self-Catering Accommodation:
Kimberley Self-Catering - Namaqualand Self-Catering - Upington Self-Catering
NEW! Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
Augrabies Falls, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
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The Northern Cape is South Africa's largest, and least densely populated, province. The area consists of mostly Karoo semi-desert and offers wide open spaces and big skies. However, the Northern Cape isn't just about dry and drab scenery.

The Orange River flows through the province, offering an oasis, where with generous irrigation and year-round sunshine, sweet grapes are grown for both the table and for the production of excellent wine. Sweet dates are also grown in the area.

The Ai Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park offers mainly a spectacular desert mountain range, straddling the Orange River on the border between the Northern Cape and Namibia. This area offers amazing botanical diversity in the form of flowering succulent plants.

The area is also a cultural destination of interest, with nomadic herders still to this day tending their flocks of goats and living in their traditional matjieshuise, basically like stone age tents - these are portable homes constructed from a framework of sticks and straw mats.

Northern Cape Province, South AfricaBesides the dramatic and beautiful scenery, visitors to the Richtersveld will see hundreds of birds, along with small game. The area can be seen by various different methods including a 4x4 trail, a hiking trail for the super fit and by rafting and canoeing trips on the Orange River.

The Augrabies National Park is nestled in the region and centres on the thundering Aubrabies Falls in its spectactular granite gorge. This park has great birding available, a fun hiking trail as well as small game to view. In the settlement of Riemvasmaak, there is a 4x4 trail and warm springs, plus accommodation run by the local community. The Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park is an awesome game viewing destination and straddles the border between the Northern Cape and neighboring Botswana.

The Big Hole, KimberleyThe area is also wellknown for Kimberley, where the South African diamond industry first started and the famous Big Hole is well worth a visit, as are the museums and historic buildings of the town.

Of interest to note, the small town of Sutherland is home to the Southern African Large Telescope, known as SALT. The area is stunningly beautiful, especially in spring when the browns and ochres of the surrounding desert transform into an incredible carpet of multi-coloured flowers. The main areas for flower viewing are around the towns of Garies, Kamieskroon, Nieuwoudtville and Springbok.

The region offers many cultural attractions and the original mission stations that were built back in the day are almost unchanged. For example, you can visit David Moffat's Kuruman Mission, where David Livingstone first met his wife - then Mary Moffatt - close to the town. Also of interest is the large freshwater spring, the Eye of Kuruman. There are also several interesting museums, rock art sites and some beautiful old historic buildings.

So while the area might sound like a barren desert, it is full of fascinating and beautiful gems to see, visit and enjoy.

New addition to All Cape Accommodation: Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park



Augrabies FallsThe small town of Augrabies is located on the banks of the Orange River, just 2 kms from the Augrabies Falls and about 100 km downstream from Upington. While the area tends to be arid and dry, the town is surrounded by flourishing vineyards, which provide excellent grapes, but also feed the Orange River wine cellars.

The town is accessible from the N14 and takes its name from the falls in the Augrabies National Park close by and the name derives from the Khoe word "aukurabis," which translates in English to "the water that thunders."

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Besides the attractions of the falls themselves, the area offers hiking along the edge of the gorge with beautiful views, or longer hikes to Moon Rock and the Potholes. The birdlife will fascinate birders and the rhino and antelope roaming the area add fascination too.
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The Falls Guest House, Augrabies The Falls Guest House, AUGRABIES
The Falls Guest House is located in Augrabies, just 2 km from the Augrabies Falls National Park. The property features an outdoor swimming pool, garden and a children’s playground. The Falls Guest House serves breakfast on the lapa overlooking the lush garden. Guests can make use of their kitchenette facilities, and barbecue facilities are available on site. WiFi is available at an additional fee and Upington Airport is 120 km away. The beauty salon offers a selection of treatments and massages upon request. Nearby attractions include Riemvasmaak, the Orange River and Augrabies waterfalls. Rooms at the Falls Guest House are elegantly decorated and offer views of the garden.
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