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Big skies. Really big, really blue skies. Raptors hover over the mountain desert of the Richtersveld, the cascading Augrabies Falls and the expansive wilderness of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. These parks only form a small part of  this arid and vivid Northern Cape province.
Journey with us on this, the official Northern Cape Tourism Authority website and discover a destination that is rich in history and culture. Click here to experience a glimpse of the Khomani San people's culture and the luxurious !Xaus Lodge in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park through the eyes of Austrailian visitors.

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A Sparkling Easter for the Diamond City

Visitors to the Northern Cape capital city of Kimberley are in for a weekend of non-stop fun and action with a jam-packed Easter calendar. Music lovers should not miss the annual Diamond & Dorings Music Festival, which will be taking place from 19 – 20 at the Langley Resort in Kimberley.

Namakwa Easter 2014

The Namakwa region of the Northern Cape province offers the perfect getaway during the upcoming Easter holiday period. Fitness fanatics can tackle the Oorlogskloof Mountain and Gorge Run while those who prefer something more arty can visit the AfriKaburn Festival.

Speed Junkies Head to the Northern Cape

Off-road adventurers will be heading to the Northern Cape this weekend to participate in the Windsorton 400 Off-Road race, which forms part of the National Off-Road Motorcycle Championship for two-wheelers and quad bikes.

Calling All Endurance Cyclists

Mountain-bike enthusiasts can once again look forward to the ultimate endurance challenge when they tackle the 240km Trans Karoo MTB Challenge between Ceres and Sutherland on Saturday, 26 April 2014.

Northern Cape Tourism Ahead of the Global Travel Trends

The Northern Cape Tourism Authority has shown once again that innovation and product development can help tourism destination marketers stay ahead of global tourism trends.

What's On


APRIL 2014

South African and All Africa Waterski Championships


Lake Grappa will be host to the South African and All Africa Waterski Championships. SA waterskiers will compete against Namibia waterskiers.

Date: 18 - 21 April
Location: Lake Grappa Guest Farm and Ski-school, Augrabies

Contact: Marica Visser
Tel +2782 429 4811
Email lakegrappa@mweb.co.za
Web www.lakegrappa.co.za


Diamond & Dorings Music and Arts Festival


Music and Arts Festival presented by Sol Plaatje Municipality brings together national and local artist in a weekend of music, arts and culture!

Date: 17 - 20 April
Location: Langley Resort - Kimberley

Contact: Neo Poolo
Tel +2753 832 6779
Mobile +2784 957 1627
Email NPoolo@solplaatje.org.za


Kimberley Easter Motorsport Festival


The Easter Motorsport Festival in Kimberley promises to be as exciting as ever. This year the program includes Spinning, Drifting, Drag Racing, Oval Track and a Show & Shine.

Date: 19 - 20 April
Location: Monstormob Raceway - Kimberley

Contact: Gamal Paulsen/Brent Prins
Tel: +2782 925 2480 / +2782 706 7652

Email gamal.paulsen@debeersgroup.com
Email bprins@ncpg.gov.za


Trans Karoo Mountain Bike Challenge


A 240km endurance Mountain Bike event aimed at providing the participants with an ultra-distance off road cycling event that will take them through the heart of the Ceres Karoo and Tankwa Karoo from Ceres to Sutherland in a period of less than 24 hours

Date: 26 April
Location: Ceres to Sutherland

Contact: Glyn Broomberg
Tel: +2772 170 7547
Email glyn@fluency.co.za


Oorlogskloof Mountain and Gorge Run


The second of the Quantum Country Classic Series is a race of epic proportions. The 42.2km race is remote and challenging – not for the faint hearted. Deep gorges, cliffs, cracks under the mountain, plateaus covered in Cape Sugar bush and large Waboom trees, massive rock pillars, caverns, rock arches, ancient rock art, moon-crater like sandstone rock slabs and so much more. No words can describe this place!

Date: 26 April 2014
Location: Niewoudtville

Contact: Ugene Nel
Tel: +2721 789-0188
Mobile: +2782 658 3078

Email info@quantumadventures.co.za
Website www.quantumadventures.co.za


MAY 2014

AfrikaBurn


A freedom of expression festival with the intention of building a temporary community though collaborative arts projects, in a completely non-commercial environment. This is a place to collaborate, cooperate, and add to the public environment to build the community. This “gift economy” means that here is no commercial exchange at the event - no vending, no cash bars and no branded promotion of services or products, the aim being real social interaction. It is an exercise in total self-reliance: participants camp for four days and provide entirely for themselves, including all their water, shelter and food needs. If you come to Afrikaburn, you must participate in whatever way you can. NO spectators, only participants.

Date: 28 April – 04 May 2014
Location:

Contact: Liz Linsell
Tel: +2782 785 2219
Email zanadu@iafrica.com
Website www.afrikaburn.com


UpingtonLandbou Expo


A home grown local event offering Afrikaans music and comedy artists, a beauty pageant, a Purebred Arabian horse competition, Rodeo and much more..

Date: 1 - 3 May 2014
Location: Upington

Contact: Oom Hennie
Telephone: +27 54 331 2105
Fax: +27 54 331 2104
Mobile: +27 82 555 4485
Email upingtonexpo@telkomsa.net
Website www.upingtonexpo.co.za


Phokwane Marathon, Half Marathon & 10 km AGW Championship


The Phokwane Marathon forms part of the Vaalharts Country Festival and the Bhundu Bash mountain bike race will take place at the same time. With the choice of either a marathon, half marathon, 10km and 5km race you will have no excuse to try one of the distances.

Date: 1 May 2014
Location: Hartswater

Contact: Ferdi Nel
Tel: +2753 838 2167
Mobile: +2783 294 2640
Email agwlandloop@mweb.co.za
Website www.runnersguide.co.za


Carnavon Fly-in


All day aircraft activities: sky diving & tandem for public participation. The combination of Aviation and Festive events during the Fly-In is a great attraction for visitors. The Carnarvon Fly-In brings all the various aspects of Aviation to the Karoo.

Date: 25 May 2014
Location: Carnarvon

Contact: Rob Anderson
Tel: +2783 261 8337
Website www.facebook.com/carnarvon.flyin


 

 




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