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If you’re into space – and vast quantities of it - South Africa's Northern Cape Province is for you. Endless flat vistas stretch out across the silent, thirsty landscapes which form part of the area known as the Karoo. It was in the heart of this province - at Verneukpan - that Malcolm Campbell attempted to break the Land Speed Record in...

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Mirtehof Guest Farm Estate

Prince Albert
3 Double Bedrooms and 2 Cottages
Units from R 2,450

Mirtehof is a luxury, 5 star guest farm in Prince Albert, a quirky town in the heart of the Karoo. It provides a perfect escape to the tranquillity that this semi-desert region...


Naries Namakwa Retreat

8 Rooms
PPS from R 1,785

Nestled between Springbok and Kleinzee on the edge of the Spektakelberg in the Northern Cape, Naries is a beautiful and romantic hideaway offering a unique experience amid...


Mont d'Or Swartberg Hotel

Prince Albert
24 Bedrooms
PPS from R 750

The Mont d'Or Swartberg Hotel is tucked away in the heart of Prince Albert, a small town with big character. The hotel is a national monument with over 150 years of fascinating...


New Holme Karoo Guest Farm

8 units
Units from R 900

Located within the newly proclaimed Karoo Gariep Nature Reserve, the charming New Holme Guest Farm and lovely Stoffels Rus Self-Catering Log Cabin are family-run properties...


African Vineyard Guest House

6 Rooms
PPS from R 720

Situated on the largest inhabited inland island in South Africa, African Vineyard is the ideal place from which to experience the Green Kalahari in the Northern Cape. They are...


Ou Skool Guest House

10 rooms
PPS from R 545

Originally an old school which closed in the early 70s due to lack of funding, Ou Skool is now an upmarket guest house, conference and events venue, with camping site, coffee...


Browns Manor

13 Bedrooms
PPS from R 700

Browns Manor is in a tranquil setting in Upington, Northern Cape. A warm welcome awaits and stylish contemporary bedrooms include DSTV, WiFi and private entrance. Relax in the...


Tankwa River Lodge

6 Bedroom House

Visiting Tankwa River Lodge means going completely off the grid, something that can only lead to some serious switching off. This tranquil haven on a 2500 hectare farm in the...


!Xaus Lodge

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
12 Chalets
PPS from R 4,975

Head to the amazing Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park to escape the fast pace of everyday life and revel in the silence and beauty of the Kalahari Desert at !Xaus Lodge. ...


Colesview Guest House

8 Bedrooms

Experience a warm welcome and Karoo hospitality at the lovely Colesview Guest House. Located in the upper part of the town of Colesberg in a quiet residential area, the...


Karoo View Cottages

Prince Albert
4 Cottages
PPS from R 795

Karoo View Cottages offers well-appointed 4-Star accommodation on the outskirts of the village of Prince Albert (only 350m away) with magnificent views of the Swartberg...



Prince Albert
1 Bedroom

A short and easy walk from Prince Albert’s main road, Nieuwehuyz is a charming, modern, self-catering guesthouse offering an intimate and upmarket retreat for a couple or...


Aletheim Collection

11 Rooms, Self-Catering Options
PPS from R 450

Situated in a quiet residential area in the town of Kimberley, a warm welcome awaits at Aletheim Guesthouse. An old, classic house, lovingly restored, gives one a home from...


Kuilfontein Stable Cottages and The Paddocks @Kuilfontein

Stable Cottages : 7 Bedrooms and 1 Family Unit | The Paddocks : 6 Self-Catering Units

Kuilfontein Stable Cottages and Paddocks is a collection of charming farm cottages just 12km from Colesberg. Surrounded by the expansive landscapes of the Karoo, this tranquil...


Lemoenfontein Game Lodge

Beaufort West
12 Bedrooms
PPS from R 845

Lemoenfontein lies in the heart of the Karoo, against a backdrop of the majestic Nuweveld mountain range with views over Beaufort West and the vast Karoo plains. Built in the...


Dundi Lodge

Augrabies Falls
6 Rooms, 1 Presidential Suite, 1 Family Unit, 1 Manor House
PPS from R 780

Dundi Lodge is conveniently situated 3 km from the world famous Augrabies Falls (one of the 5 biggest waterfalls in the world) in the Northern Cape province of South Africa. A...

Old House Lodge

Beaufort West
13 Rooms
Units from R 710

Located in the heart of Beaufort West, this charming lodge is a well preserved Karoo homestead that dates back to the early 1900s. Here, you’ll experience a warm welcome and a...


Ko Ka Tsara Bush Camp

Beaufort West
7 Standard Chalets and 2 Luxury Chalets
PPS from R 595

Ko Ka Tsara is a secluded bush camp in middle of the Karoo near Beaufort West. At night, you'll hear the sound of jackal calling to each other across the plains and by day you...


Mieliefontein Karoo Guest Farm and Wolmade Self-Catering Cottage

7 Rooms
PPS from R 430

Mieliefontein Karoo Guest Farm and Wolmade Self-Catering Cottage are situated within the newly proclaimed Karoo Gariep Nature Reserve, home to the only hippos in the Northern...


Kathuhari Guesthouse

6 Rooms, 1 Suite

A warm welcome awaits at this new luxury guesthouse, located in the heart of the protected Camel Thorn tree forest on the Kalahari Golf and Hunting Estate, Kathu. Spectacular...

No cancellation fees if you cancel more than one month before your date of travel.
Iziko Bertram House
Built in c. 1839, Bertram House is the only remaining...

Hector Pieterson Memorial Museum
The Hector Pieterson Museum is a heritage site...

Iziko Planetarium & Digital Dome
The evolution of the Iziko planetarium from analogue...

Paarl - The Pearl of the Cape Winelands
The scenic beauty of Paarl compels visitors to explore...

Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre
The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) is...

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Northern Cape travel guide

If you’re into space – and vast quantities of it - South Africa's Northern Cape Province is for you. Endless flat vistas stretch out across the silent, thirsty landscapes which form part of the area known as the Karoo. It was in the heart of this province - at Verneukpan - that Malcolm Campbell attempted to break the Land Speed Record in 1929 in his car, Bluebird. He failed, but he succeeded in putting this strikingly desolate part of the world on the map.

Not that the Northern Cape Province is all boundless desolation. It is hemmed-in to the south by the Swartberg Mountains. Flowing through the heart of this enormous province is the mighty Orange River – giving rise to startling oases of verdant farmland valleys throughout the region. Travel from the windswept Atlantic coast in the west, eastward into Namaqualand - world famous for its dazzling, abundant spring daisies - or visit the legendary thundering Augrabies Falls as the Orange River drops by a dizzying 191 meters!

Squeezed into a podgy finger-like shape and bordered by both Namibia and Botswana is the popular Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Here, red dunes, scrubland and impressive camel thorn trees provide a dramatic backdrop for game spotting - with leopard, gemsbok, pygmy falcons and black-maned Kalahari lions on the viewing wish list.

Northern Cape Highlights

  • Augrabies - Visit the thunderous, impressive Augrabies falls. On this stretch of the Orange River, expect to see striking granite rock formations and dramatic quiver trees. While visiting the Augrabies Falls National Park you might spot an endangered black rhino.
  • Colesberg - One of Colesberg’s surrounding koppies (hillocks) Coleskop, is considered to be a magic mountain. It can be seen from 40km away, but, according to folklore, by some bizarre optical illusion never seems to get nearer as you travel towards it. The stylish Colesberg-Kemper Museum is home to valuable relics and mementos.
  • Kakamas – Check out the water-wheel in the main road, which was modified by Piet Burger from an ancient Egyptian design. Kakamas is also the location of South Africa’s first hydro-electric power station, which was designed to look like an Egyptian temple!
  • Kimberly - Capital of the Northern Cape Province - The diamond rush is long gone, but modern day Kimberly is a haven of history. Apart from the famous ‘Big Hole’, a must-see is the Magersfontein battlefield south of Kimberly, where a remarkable Anglo-Boer War battle took place. Kimberly has a plethora of museums including the Freddie Tate Golf Museum at the Kimberly Golf Club is the first of its kind in SA. The transport museum and the unique Pioneers of Aviation Museum are fun for the whole family.
  • Springbok – with 300 days of sunshine a year, this town is for die-hard sun worshippers. Springbok’s main attraction isn’t its fantastic weather, though, it is world famous for its flower power! Once a year, from July to September, thick carpets of Namaqua daisies miraculously adorn the rugged, thirsty landscape surrounding the town in spring - a visual banquet not to be missed
  • Sutherland -  Home of S.A.L.T – the South African Large Telescope, and a popular place for snow-hunters to find plenty of the white stuff over winter.
  • Upington - The gateway to the colossal Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. The Upington airport boasts the longest tarred runway in Africa at 4900m! Apparently this runway is an emergency backup airstrip for NASA space shuttles.


Our Portfolio of Northern Cape accommodation

The Northern Cape is a semi-arid region with low rainfalls. Summers are hot – anything from a mild 25 degrees Celsius in Sutherland to a sweltering 40 degrees Celsius in Upington. Chilly, crisp winters – southern areas, such as Sutherland can be desperately cold, but for the most part, winters are mild at around 17 degrees Celsius.

Use our Northern Cape map to dig out the gems of this region, including Augrabies, Colesberg, Kakamas, Kimberly, Springbok and Upington. And wherever your Northern Cape travels take you, Portfolio can guide you to the best, quality and luxury Northern Cape accommodation in a range of B&Bs, guest houses, farm stays and safari lodges in this South African province.

Contact Portfolio for all your Northern Cape accommodation needs, travel advice and online bookings.