As winter approaches, the seasonal changes in the Northern Cape are magnificent. Watch the colours of the leaves turn and the weather take on a crisp feel. This is a perfect time to visit our fair province!
Trans Karoo Mountain Bike Challenge
The 2015 Trans Karoo Mountain bike race promises to be the ultimate endurance test as cyclists tackle the 240km down ride route from Sutherland to Ceres. The one day race starts at 07h00 on Saturday 25 April, in Sutherland’s Church Street and will finish at Eselfontein Farm, Ceres.
Considered as one of the longest single stage endurance mountain bike races in South Africa, the distance, including 5 compulsory check point stops must be completed within 17 hours in order for participants to avoid elimination. The popularity of the race is increased by the fact that entries are limited to only 500, due to the sensitive eco-systems that the race traverses. Well-known rider, Johan Kruger, will form part of the field of top cyclists.
Riders can once again expect tough sections on route including the daunting descent of Ouberg Pass and the 14km climb up the Skittery Pass, which forms part of the new section of the route. The magnificent beauty of the Tankwa Karoo will entertain riders with its sweeping vistas and abundance of wildlife.
Visit Sutherland for an experience of galactic grandeur. Home to the South African Astronomical Observatory and it is famed for being one of the best star-gazing places in the world.
Location: Sutherland to Ceres
AfrikaBurn is the spectacular result of the creative expression of participants who gather once a year in the Tankwa Karoo National Park to create a temporary city of art, theme camps, costume, music and performance!
This year’s theme asks to us to contemplate the gift – a gift revives the soul. Gifts in Tankwa Town are alchemical glue, multi-layered; at once moral, playful, aesthetic, mythological, whimsical and a true gift never really belongs to the person who gives it. We really didn’t do anything to deserve them. There isn’t any deal involved. The true value of gifts is unconditional. They just flow out of us.”- Larry Harvey
Tankwa Karoo National Park is one of six national parks located in the Northern Cape Province. Situated within the Succulent Karoo Biome, the area is renowned for its rare and endemic plant species, rich birdlife and incredibly diverse landscapes. It is the perfect place for stargazing, bird-watching and complete relaxation. The park offers two fairly challenging 4x4 trails and several other tracks. Accommodation options range from cottages and guesthouses to developed camp sites and informal camping areas.
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