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A warm welcome to the Northern Cape Tourism Association website. Currently, our province is shedding its usual arid look and is transforming into a floral wonder. The annual flower season has started early this year and we are looking forward to an exceptional season with carpets of flowers already evident across the province. The colour and variety of the floral displays across the Namakwa will is exceptional and not to be missed.

According to Bernard van Lente, park manager of the Namaqua National Park, the extent of flowers this early in the season is definitely surprising.  “We had good rain early in March and April with a relatively hot May, which has had a positive influence on the first blooms.  There are already a surprising number of flowers in the Skilpad region and 4x4 drivers can also spot a good variety of species and colours along the coastal section from the Spoegriver to the Groen river.   Between Garien and Groen River as well as along the road between Garies and Hondeklip Bay, the beetle daisies or Gorteriadiffusa are blooming prolifically,” explains Van Lente.

Don't miss the opportunity to see this year's ravishing display of nature. For more information on the latest flower displays and flower hotspots, call the Namakwa flower hotline on 079 294 7260.

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Flower-filled Fun in the Namaqua

The Namaqua region of the Northern Cape is set to burst into bloom as the annual flower season approaches. The first sightings of the upcoming floral splendour have already been reported.

Highly Competitive Field at Green Kalahari Canoe Marathon

The 2014 Green Kalahari Canoe Marathon (GKCM) promises three days of non-stop paddling action. From 7-9 August, a competitive field of paddlers will take on the mighty Orange River, vying for a massive R450,000prize purse.

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OCTOBER 2014

Barney Barnato Amateur Golf Championship


The abundance of natural beauty on display is as pleasurable as the Wintershoek MTB Rally can get, extreme sports on offer for any cycle fanatics to experience. Be sure to sign up for this event if you feel like testing your endurance.

Location: Kimberley Golf Club
Date: 19 - 26 October 2014
Contact: Ronnie Engelbrecht
Tel: +2753 841 0127
Mobile: +2782 552 6355
Website: http://www.kimberley.co.za/events/barney-barnato-golf-tournament/


Ghaap River XTreme Festival


Ghaap River Xtreme festival includes numerous activities, from a water ski tournament, speed boat show, barefoot ski show, half marathon, mountain bike race, paint ball, hot air balloon flights and controlled aeroplane show.

Location: Broadwater River Estate near Douglas
Date: 24 - 26 October 2014
Contact: Riana Engelbrecht
Mobile: +2779 896 6627 / 076 676 6733
Email: dariva@xsinet.co.za


Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon


The Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon is a self-sufficiency run held over six legs in seven days with set distances for each day, ranging from 28km to 75km. Participants must carry all their supplies, clothes and compulsory safety/survival equipment for the duration of the event. Overnight shelter in camps, and water, which is strictly controlled and distributed during the race, is supplied. The event goes way beyond merely covering 250 kilometers in extreme conditions; it is a challenge to get past what normal people would regard as crazy, and achieve one’s personal goals. Location: Augrabies Falls National Park
Date: 30 October - 9 November 2014
Contact: Nadia Arndt
Mobile: +2783 309 7755
Email: nadia@extrememarathons.com
Website: www.extrememarathons.com


BRICS Expo: Northern Cape


The Northern Cape will host the BRICS Expo conference from the 29th - 31st October 2014 in Kimberley at the Mittah Seperepere Convention Centre.

Contact: Zane Dawood
Tel: 011 885 1613/3786


Nama-Goi Festival


The Nama-goi festival is an event aimed bringing arts and culture to the Namakwa District, as well as giving exposure to local artists, and promoting their work. This event is hosted by the non-profit organization, Namakwa Arts and Culture foundation, a group that is passionate about art.

The event will take place on the 31st October - 01 November 2014. The festival will also include performances by an array of national and local musicians and entertainers, an arts gallery for local artists and a beer tent which is essentially for educating festival goers in the traditions of beer culture.

Location: Springbok Sports Grounds
Date: 31 October - 01 November 2014
Contact: Pearl Heyn Tel: +2727 712 8035
Email: pearlh@namakwa-dm.gov.za


NOVEMBER 2014

Amageza Rally


The Amageza (Xhosa for 'Crazy') Rallye is a stage race similar in style to the Dakar Rally held in South America. Started in 2011, the Amageza Rallye is for 2014 a 5 day stage race for motorbikes, quads and 'buggies' also known as 'Side by Side's'. Each stage consists of liaison or 'transport' sections as well as Special Section's where the racing takes place.

The 1st and 2nd of November will be documentation, scrutineering and public participation 'showcase' days held in Upington. The actual race will start on the 3rd at 06:00 where the competitors will race the first day to Askham, and in the following days to Kakamas, Springbok, Sutherland and the final stage on the 8th to Cape Town. The route will showcase some of the most rugged terrain well off the 'beaten path' so to speak.



Location: Upington – Askham – Springbok – Sutherland – Cape Town
Date: 1 - 8 November 2014
Contact: Alexander Nel
Tel: +27218320919 / +27762733233
Email: director@amageza.com
Website: http://amageza.com


Aggeneys Fees


The Aggeneys Fees is an annual event that takes place in Aggeneys on every last week of November. The pleasure seekers and visitors have an opportunity to experience the hospitality of the town. The traditional food stalls at the event has good offerings of local cuisine and endless entertainment throughout the entire weekend.

Location: Aggeneys
Date: 28 - 29 November 2014
Contact: Anelene Marks
Tel: +2754 983 9296
Email: info@aggeneysfees.co.za


Kimberley Gospel Show


For the ultimate spiritual revival we bring you a day of amazing praise and worship. All religious congregations will join hands fighting alcohol, drug, woman and child abuse. Psalm 150v6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!

Location: GWK Park, Kimberley
Date: 29 November 2014
Contact: GWK Park
Tel: 053 298 8200


 

 




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