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Kokerboom Food and Wine Route

Named after the indigenous quiver tree, the Quiver Tree Food and Wine Route stretches along the Gariep and includes towns like Upington, Kakamas, Keimoes, Augrabies, Marchand, Kanoneiland, Kenhardt and Riemvasmaak. The route will appeal to families as well as adventure and adrenaline seekers.

Highlights include Augrabies Falls, Riemvasmaak hot springs, river rafting, fly fishing, kayaking and river cruises on the Orange River, numerous 4×4, hiking and MTB trails as well as excellent bird watching.

Foodies will appreciate the typical Northern Cape fare and produce available from coffee shops, road stalls and restaurants as well as wine tasting at cellars along the route.

Accommodation ranges from luxurious guest houses to farm and community stay-overs.

Kalahari Red Dune Route

Discover the essence of the Province in the * eart of the Kalahari. Golden dunes, wide-open skies and flat-topped acacia trees epitomise the Kalahari Red Dune Route. Stretching from Upington right to the Namibian border, visitors traverse the villages of Ashkam, Groot and Klein Mier and Rietfontein.

Adventure-loving families and adrenaline seekers can enjoy dune hikes at dawn, eagle-owl encounters, sand duning and surfing in the red sand, close encounters with meerkats and guided walks with the San Khomani to rediscover the ancient wisdom, customs and folklore of this ancient tribe.

The Richtersveld Route

The Richtersveld is South Africa’s only mountain desert and the route travels along rugged gravel roads to quaint towns such as Eksteensfontein, Sendelingsdrift, Lekkersing, Kuboes and Sandrift.

The more challenging 4×4 routes in the /Ai/Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park or in the Richtersveld World Heritage Area are best explored in a well-equipped SUV or bakkie. Pack comfortable hiking boots, extra water and guidebooks and set out along the 600km Namaqua Eco 4×4 Route.

The Orange River presents a more leisurely pace with river rafting and the best wilderness fly-fishing in South Africa, while the entire Richtersveld is a mountain biker’s dream.

Follow in the footsteps of a traditional goat herder and learn about the lives of the nomads. In the villages, the locals will entertain guests with storytelling and traditional Nama step dancing upon request.

Namaqua Coastal Route

September is the time to explore this route amidst the floral splendour. Experience the floral explosion turning this barren veld into a kaleidoscope of colour. The route includes hidden gems like Garies, Kamieskroon, Hondeklip Bay, Koiingnaas and Kleinzee.

Dozens of adventure and leisure options are available, including the Namaqua National Park, nature reserves, hidden coastal hamlets and some of the most remote hiking and 4×4 trails imaginable.

Go succulent sleuthing with a botanical guide, hike the Springbok Klipkoppie for a dose of Anglo-Boer War history, enjoy stargazing, explore the countless shipwrecks along the coast line take in breath-taking scenes of the Atlantic Ocean with sightings of dolphins and whales combined with great vistas of mountains and veld with endemic wildlife making travelling in this area remarkable.

Karoo Hoogland Route

This route covers the southern part of the Province and the small Karoo towns of Nieuwoudtville, Calvinia, Williston, Sutherland, Fraserburg, Carnarvon, Loxton and Victoria West and forms the heart of the Great Karoo.

Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the Karoo with its wide-open plains dotted with koppies. The area was named by the Khoi and San people, who left their legacy as art on the rocks.

Explore many unique experiences such as stargazing at the world’s largest astronomical observatory at Sutherland, the SKA radio telescopes in Carnarvon, Karoo architecture and corbelled houses, Anglo-Boer War sites, rock art, ancient Palaeo Surfaces, farm stays and great Karoo cuisine and hospitality.