As the largest of the nine provinces in South Africa, the Northern Cape Province offers a wide variety of different eco-tourism destinations, from semi-desert beauty, to big waterfalls, wild flowers and rugged plains.
Following is some information of great areas to visit in the Northern Cape Province, with Thuru Lodge as the perfect stop-over spot to relax and unwind before you hit the road for your great adventure.
1. The Kgalagadi Tranfrontier Park
The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is one of the largest wilderness areas in the world and covers more than 3.6 million hectares after merging with Botswana in 2000. The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is the perfect destination for photographic safaris where a variety of big game, like the beautiful black-maned Kalahari lion and even leopards can be seen. They also have a wide variety of plains game and a lot of different bird species. With accommodation that will suite every pocket size, from campsites to comfortable chalets, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is the perfect destination for nature enthusiast. Just note that is advised to make use of four-wheel vehicles.
Visit their official site for more information http://www.sanparks.org/parks/kgalagadi/
2. Goegap Nature Reserve
During springtime, the Namaqualand transforms from a semi-desert area to a spectacular colourful carpets of wildflowers. The Goegap Nature Reserve then offers four wheel vehicle enthusiasts fun routes in a 15 000 hectare reserve. Even when the wildflowers are not in bloom throughout the rest of the year with still a great destination to visit with a wide range of fauna and flora that can be seen. Within the camp there is a range of campsites and basic accommodation available.
For more information, go take a look at this site http://www.sa-venues.com/game-reserves/nc_goegap.htm
3. Augrabies Falls National Park
As one of South Africa’s natural wonders, the Augrabies Falls, also known as “the place of great noise”, is the sixth largest waterfall in the world. The park that was established in 1967 offers visitors several hiking trails, with a couple of spectacular view points of the falls, especially during the summer months after good rainfall. Campsites and self-catering chalets is available.
To see more that Augrabies Falls National Park has to offer, view this site http://www.sanparks.org/parks/augrabies/
4. Tankwa Karoo National Park
Known as the land of haunting beauty on the border of the Northern Cape and the Western Cape lies the remote and rugged Tankwa Karoo National Park. As one of the country’s most arid regions, one can expect beautiful starry nights and start desert plains. With a variety of wildlife and birdlife, four wheel drive nature enthusiasts will once again love to escape the busy lives and relax in the nature with a variety of accommodation that is available.
Visit their official site at http://www.sanparks.org/parks/tankwa/