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We would like to extend a warm Northern Cape welcome to all our visitors and wish you a prosperous 2015.  We hope that we’ll have the opportunity to welcome you regularly to South Africa’s largest province during the year ahead.

An Extraordinary South African Holiday Experience

Take to the open road. Discover misty seaports and mining legends. Experience a world of wilderness. Be one with Africa’s animal kingdom out in the vast desert sands. Celebrate, dance and feast with the First People. Gasp at the night-time skies and the dreamscapes of flower fields in the springtime. A Northern Cape experience for all seasons!

Valentines and the month of love in the Northern Cape

“You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have really lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love”.

~ Henry Drummond

 

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Probing the Universe with the Square Kilometre Array

Scientists from South Africa are playing a leading role in developing the science which will be done with the world's largest telescope, the Square Kilometre Array.

Invitation to Submit Tenders

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What's On


KORC 150 Off-road Race

Hopetown brings you this year’s first off-road race! Motoring and speed enthusiasts are set for an exhilarating day with South Africa’s top off road motorcyclist competitors. South Africa’s most famed diamonds, the Eureka diamond was found in 1866 and the 83.5 carat Star of South Africa was found in 1888 were found in the kopjes of Hopetown. Replicas of both diamonds can be viewed in the Big Hole Diamond Museum in Kimberley. Tourism activities for the adrenaline and adventure enthusiasts include  game viewing, hiking, 4x4, white water rafting and bird watching.

Location:           Hopetown Sports grounds
Date:                28 February 2015
Contact:            Phillip Kleynhans
Tel:                   082 924 6186
Email:               phillipkleynhans643@gmail.com

Sound/Dyno Day and Show and Shine Competition

Motoring enthusiasts from all over South Africa are flocking to Kimberley to participate or view this extreme motoring event. Whilst here do visit the Big Hole & Kimberley Museum, the largest hand-dug excavation in the world, a modern diamond museum and an old town village. For nature lovers Dronfield Nature Reserve is only 10km away and Mokala National Park 70km for excellent game viewing and birdwatching.

Location:           Bakgat– Kimberley North
Date:                4 – 5 March 2015
Contact:            Faghme Adams
Mobile:              +2783 768 9545
Email:               faghme@gmail.com

Namib Desert Run

This 31-year-old adventure run is a social, non-competitive fun trip requiring no special riding or driving skills, or dedicated vehicles.
The race starts in Kuruman in the Northern Cape to Swakopmund in Namibia and all types of people of all ages have been taking part over the years with their own vehicles like motorcycles, 4X4’s, bakkies, kombis, cars, quad ATV’s, microlights and sidecars.

Starting in Kuruman the adventurous route will take you through the arid but picturesque desert towns of Hotazel, Vanzylsrus, Middelpits, Andriesvale, Mier and to the Rietfontein border post where you will enter Namibia. From there participants will wind their way through Koes and the famous Khomas Hochland to eventually reach the final destination – Swakopmund.. 

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Location:            Kuruman to Swakopmund
Date:                3 – 10 April 2015
Contact:            Simon Fourie
Tel:                   +27 11 7825521
Email:               simon@bikesa.net
Website:           www.bikesa.net/contact.php

Diamond & Dorings Music and Arts Festival

Head to Kimberley for a weekend of fun and great music! The annual Diamond & Dorings, presented by the Sol Plaatje Municipality, promises a jam packed program featuring the best of local and South African talent. Pack a picnic basket, your barbecue kit and prepare yourself for a day of relaxation on the banks of the Vaal River just outside Kimberley whilst listening to the soothing sounds of SA’s top Jazz musicians.

Riverton & Langley Resorts, the venue for this event, offer a wide choice of water and land activities – boating, fishing, a walk-in bird park, a powerboat jetty, a putt-putt course, swimming pools and a river ferry. Facilities include fully-equipped self-catering accommodation and a caravan park,

 

Location:           Riverton and Langley Resorts/ Kimberley City
Date:                4 – 6 April 2015
Contact:            Neo Poolo
Tel:                   +2753 830 6271
Email:               NPoolo@solplaatje.org.za
Mobile:              +2784 957 1627

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
Date:                25 April 2015
Contact:            Glyn Broomberg
Tel:                   +2772 170 7547
Email:               glyn@fluency.co.za

AfrikaBurn

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.

Location:           Tankwa Karoo National Park
Date:                27 April – 3 May 2015
Contact:            Liz Linsell
Tel:                   +2782 785 2219
Email:               zanadu@iafrica.com
Website:           www.afrikaburn.com

Green Kalahari Canoe Marathon

Water Sports fanatics can look forward to a thrilling encounter with K1 & K2 paddlers on a 3-day, 99km race on the mighty Orange River.  The Green Kalahari region lends itself exceptionally well to outdoor adventures with loads of exciting activities such as white river rafting, paddling, rock climbing, hiking trails, sundowner cruises, amazing 4x4 routes, game safaris and MTB tracks available throughout the area. Visit the Augrabies Falls National Park with its 56m waterfall,  escape from it all and  absail to the Riemvasmaak Hotsprings, enjoy warm local hospitality and local delicacies before heading to one of the Orange River Wine Cellars in Keimoes or Kakamas.

Location:           Orange River – Upington to Khamkiri, Augrabies
Date:                1 – 2 May 2015
Contact:            Gawie Niewoudt
Mobile:              +2782 821 6649
Email:               gawieson@mweb.co.za
Website:           www.gkcm.co.za

 

 




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