The Northern Cape, South Africa`slargest and least densely populated, is a province of big skies,endless vistas, long distances, small towns ... and diamonds.
The Diamond Fields, the smallest and most densely populated region in the north around the Vaal-Harts Irrigation Scheme, is agricultural but really all about the magical gems.
If the Northern Cape is wild - and it is - then the Kalahari is really wild. The only developments here are huge manganese and iron mines, and the mission town of Kuruman with its fabulous freshwater spring. Other than these and a few settlements with names like Black Rock, or Hotazel, it`s miles and miles sand, grass and thorn trees.
When word spread 150 years ago that diamonds had been discovered at Kimberley, thousands of prospectors, armed with nothing more than picks, shovels and hope, descended on a featureless, flat-topped hill and created the largest hand-dug excavation in the world.It`s still a major attraction in a town that retains its historical significance from its mining past and siege during the Second Boer War.
Notable personalities such as Cecil Rhodes made their fortune here and The Sol Plaatje Municipality is named after the first Secretary-General of the African National Congress and writer, Solomon `Sol` Tshekisho Plaatje.
Kimberley boasts many traces of the past in its architectural heritage, historic sites, museums, heritage sites, and many monuments.
Further afield, the only developments in the wild Kalahari are huge manganese and iron minesaroundthe mission town of Kuruman,with its renownedfreshwater spring. Other than these and a few settlements with names like Black Rock or Hotazel, it`s kilometres, kilometres and kilometres ofsand, grass and thorn trees.
Where the Orange River winds through it, long oases known Green Kalahari allowwine and table grapes to grow under irrigation, the KgalagadiTransfrontier Park shelters innumerable animals, plants and birds, and the Augrabies Falls thunder into aspectacular gorge.
Riverview Cottage is an old church that was converted into a home several years ago and now hosts a B and B. Barkly West is in the middle of an alluvial diamond mining area, and the first diamonds were found here in 1869. There are 3 bedrooms in tota...read more
Moon River Guest House offers luxury accommodation on the shores of the Orange River. There are seven en-suite rooms, three of which include river and garden views. The rooms can accommodate single, double and family reservations....read more
Cecil John Rhodes Guest House is a 4 star property in Kimberley (Northern Cape) that offers accommodation in eight bedrooms that all come fully equipped with en-suite bathrooms. This property offers conference facilities....read more
Coniston House is filled with antiques and family heirlooms, and two family suites are available in the main house, as well as two in the Coach House and further en-suite accommodation in the Garden Cottage. Secure parking is behind locked gates, res...read more
River Bank Lodge offers luxurious accommodation on the banks of the Orange River in Upington. It has10 en-suite self catering rooms with air conditioning, TV, and private entrances. It is situated within walking distance of the CBD and an ideal venue...read more
The 3-star Rene's Guesthouse is located in Douglas, Upington, and ideal for business and leisure guests. The historic town lies near the confluence of the Orange and Vaal Rivers. The guesthouse offers accommodation in 15 rooms....read more
Nestling in the heart of historic Victorian Kimberley, South Africa, Milner House offers tranquil surroundings and outstanding hospitality and service. It is the ideal base from which to explore the historical and cultural attractions that abound in ...read more