Northern Cape

Map of the Northern Cape
Northern Cape, close to the Namibian border.
A typical Northern Cape scene

The Northern Cape is situated in the north-west corner of South Africa. Although it is the largest of the nine provinces (361,000 sq km) it has the smallest population (900,000).


The Northern Cape can be divided into the following regions:

Northern Cape regions - Color-coded map
Diamond Fields
Eastern edge of the Northern Cape
The south eastern region
The west coast and bordering onto the Western Cape
Green Kalahari
In the north, bordering on Namibia and Botswana
North eastern region


Other destinations

National parks

Other nature reserves


Originally the Northern Cape was part of what used to be known as the Cape Province. However, after the 1994 elections the old provincial boundaries were redrawn, and the Cape Province was split into the Northern Cape, the Western Cape and the Eastern Cape Provinces.

The Northern Cape is a dry and sparsely populated region, and much of it is semi-desert. Nevertheless, it has a beauty of its own and is a popular destination for South African and international tourists alike.

Get in

By car

The Northern Cape Province is served by a number of excellent national roads.

By plane

Both Upington Airport and Kimberley Airport have flights to some of the major cities in South Africa, operated by South African Airways.




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