The Northern Cape can be considered one of those provinces that has so much to offer, with its rich history and it natural scenery – the northern province has some of the country’s most interesting attractions that are both man-made and natural.
Here’s a list of five landmarks that visitors will love to explore in the Northern Cape.
The Wonderwerk Caves
Located approximately 43 km from Kuruman, the Wonderwerk caves are a archaeological wonder into understanding the previous societies which made the Northern Cape their home.
The size of the cave is calculated to be some 139 metres into the earth, in the dolomite rocks of the Kuruman Hills and, thanks to the hillside erosion, the northern end of the cave has been exposed.
Some of the deposits inside the cave are up to seven metres deep and tell the fascinating tale of the ancient world, even providing evidence of the plant, animal and human life that existed here millions of years ago.
The Big Hole
One of South Africa’s best man-made attractions, the Big Hole is a testament to just how dedicated the men were in trying to mine diamonds during the New Age diamond rush.
Created during the late 1800s, the Big Hole was a combination of smaller mines which were dug in a manner to create one big mine, saw through by diamond and mining consolidate De Beers.
The Big Hole is said to be 463 metres wide, with a surface area of 17 hectares, and excavated to a depth of 240 metres.
However, 40% of the hole has been filled up with underground water and rain – allowing visitors to see 175 metres of the hole.
Positioned at a height of approximately 60 m, Augrabies Falls is some of nature’s best work and attracts a wide range of visitors both from the country and the rest of the world.
The gorge at the Augrabies Falls is 240 metres deep and 18 km long, and is an impressive example of granite erosion.
Interesting wildlife that is seen at Augrabies includes Slender Mongoose, Cape Clawless Otter, Gemsbok, the Yellow Mongoose, and Rock Dassies.
The original Khoikhoi residents named the waterfall “Ankoerebis” — “place of great noise” — from which the Trek Boers, who settled here later on, derived the name, “Augrabies”.
Eye of Kuruman
The Eye of Kuruman is Kuruman’s jewel of the Nile – a spring which produces some of the province’s crystal clear waters for the town and neighbouring settlements.
Considered to be one of the largest springs in the Southern hemisphere – the Eye of Kuruman is surrounded by some of the province’s flora, and forms a lake in the middle of the town.
The Eye of Kuruman is also part of a cave, which forms part of the eight caves on the dolomitic Ghaap Plateau of the Northern Cape.
The streams of water that travel through various passages in the cave, emerge together at the base of a cliff described as ‘Die Oog’ in Afrikaans which translates as ‘The Eye’.
Namaqualand National Park
The Namaqualand National Park is home to some of Southern Africa’s wild flora, fauna and wildlife – and is considered a UNESCO World heritage site.
Visitors are given the opportunity to walk through the bright, coloured fields and take a look at some of the park’s wildlife – including Gemsbok, Klipspringer, Springbok and the endangered Black Rhino.
Camping in the coastal section of the park is a perfect choice for summer.
There are 31 rustic camp sites. Come fully equipped with everything you need, including water for drinking and washing because there’s no water or showers at the camp site, only environmentally friendly loos.