What to expect when visiting the Northern Cape coastline
If you love the outdoors, seeing unspoilt landscapes or just want a break, then visiting the Northern Cape coast will be perfect for you. We’ve rounded up a few great attractions along this often overlooked coastline.
Located about 117km from Springbok, the capital of the Northern Cape, Hondeklip Bay is one of the first towns that should on be on your quiet getaway list. An underrated tourist destination, the small coastal spot is perfect for a relaxing retreat away from the city. There is a local fishing community and visitors are able to enjoy fresh seafood at eateries on the coast. Bring your loved ones along and walk along the beach to find the tidal pools.
A former diamond mining town, Kleinzee is now a growing tourist attraction in the Northern Cape. Home to some incredible shipwrecks, a largely undeveloped coastline and plenty of great seafood, Kleinzee has adapted from being a mining “ghost town” to having a thriving abalone and oyster industry located in the local dam. Book a spot on one of the shipwreck tours and explore the dunes for some outdoor fun. Kleinzee is known for its abundant birdlife, so bring your binoculars along!
Port Nolloth was one of the locations marked by Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias, on his trip around the southern tip of Africa and later served as a seaport that traded in copper ore shipments. Situated about 157km from Springbok, the area later had thriving diamond mining industry along the coastline, but it experienced serious decline over the last few decades. Port Nolloth is home to its very own museum, detailing the rich maritime and mining history of the region. If you’re planning on visiting be sure to walk along the beachside, play in the dunes or indulge in a delicious crayfish braai.
A small coastal town along the Orange River, Alexander Bay is very close to the Namibian border and has its own airport. The town played a significant role in the mining industry and was established once diamonds were discovered along the West Coast. There’s plenty to do outdoors, from hiking to 4x4 trails and more. Plan your next family holiday and try the camping spots in Alexander Bay.
Enjoy exploring this incredible part of the country.We hope to see you in our beautiful province soon.