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Going to the coast this year? Start your summer holiday with a leisurely journey and enjoy the unique towns and tourism attractions along the N12. Keep your eyes peeled for the tourism teams along this route and you could be the lucky winner of a five day family holiday for four in the Northern Cape.

  1. Legends of the Northern Cape
    Meet some Northern Cape residents, who have shaped the history of our province...
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  2. Interesting Northern Cape
    We are looking at interesting projects happening in the Northern Cape... read more.
  3. Destination Insider
    This month, we explore the N12 route and its attractions.. ... read more.
  4. Explore
    We visit towns along the N12... read more.
  5. Stay at
    The Diamond Field region boasts with plenty of accommodation options to suit any type of traveller.. read more
  6. What's On Diary
    Our events calendar is filled with exciting events and festivals... read more.
  7. Trade Shows
    Meet the Northern Cape Tourism Authority team.. read more.
  8. Impressions My Northern Cape
    Share your Northern Cape experiences with us and send your photos... read more.

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Legends of the Northern Cape

Dawid Kruiper (c. 1941 – 13 June 2012) was a traditional healer and leader of the ‡Khomani San in the Kalahari. Well known for his acting role in The Gods Must Be Crazy II, Kruiper spoke on the rights of indigenous people to the United Nations in 1994 and paved the way for successful land claims by the San people in South Africa, which culminated in the restoration of 40,000 hectares of land in 1999.  He also made headlines after hitch-hiking from the Kalahari to Cape Town in 2004 to speak to the then South African president Thabo Mbeki and was also involved in the development and restoration of the San languages.  Kruiper was born in the Kalahari National Park and died at Upington Medi-Clinic in Upington.

Ruben Cloete (born 3 November 1982 in Upington, Northern Cape) is a South African football defender currently on loan to Maritzburg United.   Cloete made history when he became the first player from the Northern Cape to win three trophies in one season while playing for Orlando Pirates, namely the ABSA Premier League, MTN 8 Cup and Telkom Knockout Cup.  Although the move was good for his career, Cloete maintains that his heart will always be in the Northern Cape.  Cloete wants to use his experiences and contacts to bring hope and opportunity to the people of the Northern Cape and to make it possible for talented people to realise their potential.  Cloete feels that there is enough football talent there for the area to be producing professional players much more regularly.

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Interesting Northern Cape

The Riverine Rabbit Project:  This project involves various national and international stakeholders and role players and addresses the conservation status of one of Southern Africa’s most threatened mammals.  The species was re-assessed and upgraded from ENDANGERED to CRITICALLY ENDANGERED in 2002. The species is listed as such in the new edition of the Red Data Book of the Mammals of South Africa (2004). The Riverine Rabbit Project scooped the prestigious national Greening-the-Future Mail & Guardian Award in the Biodiversity/Natural Resources Management category. The Greening judges emphasized the national importance of riparian areas in combating the impacts of climate change. Over 3000 RRP-nurtured bossies were planted on the rehabilitation sites at Sandgat, Dunedin and Lapfontein. For more information please visit www.ewt.org.za.

Square Kilometre Array:  In May this year, the SKA Organisation announced that the SKA would be shared between South Africa and Australia, with a majority share coming to South Africa. Both countries have invested a huge amount in this project, including building pathfinder radio telescopes with associated physical infrastructure and developing capacity with the skills and expertise to build and use the SKA. The seven-dish MeerKAT precursor array, KAT-7, is the world's first radio telescope array consisting of composite antenna structures.  The first seven dishes were completed by December 2010 and are now being commissioned.  The MeerKAT array has been designed as the largest and most sensitive radio telescope in the southern hemisphere until the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is completed around 2024. Via MeerKAT, South Africa is playing a key role in design and technological developments for the SKA. Close to 100 young scientists and engineers are working on the MeerKAT project. For more information, please visit www.ska.ac.za.

Maloof Money Cup:  The Office of the Northern Cape Premier recently recognised the immense contribution of the Maloof Money Cup during the Premier’s Service Excellence Awards.  The Maloof Money Cup won the Gold Award for the year 2011 at the award ceremony held on Friday, 21 October 2012, at CRC Church Hall. The second Maloof Money Cup South Africa Skateboarding World Championship, presented by the Northern Cape Provincial Government and Kumba Iron Ore, took place at the skate plaza in Kimberley from 28 – 30 September and was once again a huge success.   The world’s greatest skateboarding event attracted thousands of spectators as well as some of the world’s top skateboarders.  For the second year in a row, the event kept Kimberley buzzing. 

Kalahari Desert Speedweek
The inaugural Kalahari Desert Speedweek took place at Hakskeenpan from 22-30 September and saw 150 participants taking part in this speed fest.  Drivers of bikes and cars of all shapes and sizes converged on the pan to see who could achieve the fastest speeds on the 5km track.  Ranging from vintage Ford Fairlanes to Lamborghini supercars, the event was a supercharged adrenaline rush for petrol heads of all ages. The top speed in the car category was 308km/h, achieved in a Lamborghini Aventador driven by Greg Parton.   The fastest motorcycle and best overall speed of the event was a turbo-charged Suzuki Hayabusa ridden by Andrew van Zyl, which clocked 321km/h.  Visit www.speedweeksa.com for more information.

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Destination Insider

With the festive season fast approaching, the Northern Cape Tourism Authority will once again launch the N12 Welcome campaign.  This annual festive season initiative promotes the Northern Cape as an alternative summer holiday destination and introduces individual towns and tourism attractions along the N12 to passing motorists.  The campaign also encourages travelers to stop over to enjoy the essence of the Northern Cape along the N12 highway, highlights road safety and promotes the N12 as alternative route to the N1. Please join our tourism teams in Warrenton, Kimberley, Britstown and at the Three Sisters Ultra City for a well-deserved break.  Enjoy your journey and take time out to experience some of our uniquely Northern Cape tourism offerings along the N12.

In this month's newsletter, we are visiting the Diamond Fields and travel to four towns that form part of the N12 campaign. Warrenton was named after Sir Charles Warren.  Diamonds were first discovered in this town in 1888 and mining still continues today.  A visit to the semi-precious stone factory is a must.

The first diamond deposits that led to the establishment of Kimberley was found on a hillock on the farm Vooruitzicht, owned by the De Beer brothers. This led to a mad scramble for fame and fortune as 50 000 fervent diggers crowded the New Rush mining town and forged the world’s largest, hand-dug excavation known as the colossal Kimberley Mine or Big Hole.  By 1872, the town was renamed after the Earl of Kimberley, British secretary of State for the Colony. Today, Kimberley is a prosperous, thriving metropolis with Victorian buildings that complement the more modern buildings of the CBD.

Britstown was named after Hans Brits, who accompanied David Livingstone on a venture to the interior and then settled on the farm Gemsbokfontein. A private irrigation scheme was started by the Smart Syndicate in 1885 and they subsequently built two dams, planted lucerne and wheat and reared karakul sheep and Clydesdale horses.

Three Sisters is about 75 kilometres outside Beaufort West and can be sighted from the road junction to Victoria West.  It is not a town, but a series of three very distinctive hills almost in the shape of rondawels located on the right-hand side of the road for north-bound travellers. Three Sisters and its filling station has become an iconic landmark along the N1 highway.

Summer Offers
Dronfield Nature Reserve offers a wonderful accommodation alternative for families and friends overnighting in the Kimberley area or an ideal weekend getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life. Please call Cindy Carls on +27(0)538 3944/55 for more information.

The Australian Arms Guest Lodge is situated inside the Big Hole Complex in Kimberley and every building is a testimonial to a bygone era. It boasts thirteen exclusive rooms with authentic Victorian bathrooms and can accommodate up to 26 people sharing.  Stop in at the popular Australian Arms Pub or enquire about our great function venue or conference facility.  For more information on available offers, please call Maggie Moribe on +27(0)53 832 1526.

The Protea Hotel Kimberley is built on the edge of the famous Kimberley Big Hole and offers 94 luxury en-suite rooms with king size beds, air conditioning, tea/coffee making facilities and Wi-Fi connectivity. For more information, please call Nastasha Peterson on +27(0)53 802 8200.

Jan Kemp Hotel and Florist is a welcoming home away from home. Kick off your shoes and relax while enjoying good home-cooked meals in the most beautiful town in the Northern Cape. Please call Berta on +27(0)53 456 1621 or +27(0)82 841 1977.

Please send your establishment summer or festive offers
to tebogo@experiencenortherncape.com.

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Hantamkraal Restaurant is a new addition to the town of Calvinia and has quickly become very popular. This unique 60-seater restaurant with open fire prides itself on its traditional cooking, which includes the best tripe and bobotie in Namakwaland, lamb pie baked in tin cups and delicious baked puddings. Hantamkraal also offers a catering and full event management service for functions with up to 2000 guests.  Jo’s Guest House and Hantamkraal Restaurant is close to the scenic Akkerendam Nature Reserve and within walking distance of most of Calvinia’s tourist attractions. Owner Jo Fritz puts in tremendous effort to ensure that guests’ needs are taken care of and the establishment was voted a finalist in the Northern Cape Emerging Tourism Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in 2009 and 2010. For more information, please call +27(0)27 341 2247.

Tours around Springbok included a visit to Blue Mine, the first mine in Springbok and it includes a walking trail offering views of the town from its western outskirts. The Dutch Reformed Church (Klipkerk) built in 1921 and the Namaqualand Museum housed in the former synagogue are well worth a visit. For tours around the Springbok area, please call Jesse on +27(0)72 624 7352.

Northern Cape Routes
The Richtersveld is a mountainous desert situated in the north-west corner of South Africa. To its west is the cold and rough Atlantic Ocean while the remarkable Orange River, the largest river in South Africa, winds along its northern border. The Richtersveld has the highest diversity of succulent plants in the world (4 849 species of which 1 940 are endemic) as well as eerie coastal mists, alluvial diamonds and truly indigenous cultures.

Attractions:  The Richtersveld National Park has camping and limited chalet accommodation and offers visitors a unique mountain desert landscapes and great bio-diversity.
Richtersveld World Heritage site – cultural experiences could be arranged with traditional dances, food and music available in some of the villages.

The coastal towns of Alexander Bay and Port Nolloth offer a wide variety of accommodation combined with museums and restaurants as well as stunning sunsets, pristine beaches, a vibrant plantlife of unique succulents, geology finds and a rich history steeped in Nama culture and mining traditions.  For more information, please contact Johan de Waal
at mail@richtersveldtours.co.za  or on +2782 335 1399 / +2783 928 3571.

Also visit  www.openafrica.org  and  select the Richtersveld Route in the Northern Cape, where you’ll find information on restaurants, accommodation and tour operators.  

The Karoo Highland Tourism Route is situated in the north-eastern part of the Western Cape and southern part of the Northern Cape in South Africa. The route covers small Karoo towns such as Matjiesfontein, Sutherland, Fraserburg, Williston, Carnarvon, Loxton, Victoria West and Beaufort West and is commonly referred to as the Great Karoo. Please email Jolene du Plessis at info@discoversutherland.co.za for more information.

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Stay at

Immanuel Guest House - +27(0)53 497 5141
Magelevendze Hotels - +27(0)53 497 5577
Transka Pleasure Resorts - +27(0)53 497 3115

Boiketlo Guest House - +27(0)72 822 9890
Heerengracht Guest House - +27(0)53 831 1531
Uitzicht Guest House - +27(0)82 810 5222

Kambro Accomodation - +27(0)53 672 0408
Rooidam Cottage - +27(0)84 299 7643
Trans Karoo Country Lodge - +27(0)53 672 0027

Three Sisters
Three Sisters Guest Farm - +27(0)53 622 0022

For more information on available accommodations in the Northern Cape Province, please visit www.experiencenortherncape.com.

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What's On Diary

ALUTA FILM FESTIVAL accepts features, documentaries and short films in the genres/sub-genres of drama, action, thriller, comedy, animation and factual. Filmmakers must guarantee, should their film/video be selected, that permission from the rights holder is secured for a minimum of four screenings at the 9th annual Aluta Film Festival 2012.
A brainchild of independent filmmaker Motheo Seleke, the festival has become an annual event on Kimberley’s calendar.   Over the years, the film festival has enjoyed international acclaim for its uniqueness in its programming and its vibrant African and Diasporan setting. Dubbed South Africa’s Premier African and Diasporan cinema even, an important aspect of the Aluta Film Festival is to be a repository for the stories of people of African ancestry worldwide as well as showcasing cinematic platform for films that embraces experiences from the developing world.
The film festival particularly attracts filmmaking talent from all over the world and appeals to a growing South African and African market that is increasingly interested in African and Diasporan entertainment and cultural products.

Contact: Motheo Seleke
Cell: 076 583 1214
Date: 28 November -01 December 2012

15-17 November:  The Sol Plaatje municipality and the Frances Baard District municipality will be hosting the 6th annual small business week to coincide with the Global Entrepreneurship Week. The campaign strives to encourage entrepreneurship in the municipal and district areas.
For three days, Kimberley will be paving a growth path for enterprise development.  Register at NO CHARGE now to be part of this high impact event. One of the pre-conference activities to be conducted, include entrepreneurship bus drives through Galeshewe, Green Point, Ritchie and Roodepan. The official opening on the event takes place on 14 November 2012 at the Recreational Community Hall Centre. The three-day conference will be held at the Recreational Community Hall in Hulana street, Galeshewe.  Call 053 838 1014 or mail thapelo.modumo@fbdm.co.za.

Please send your event details to nthabeleng@experiencenortherncape.com to be listed on our events lists.

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  Meet us at

Meet us at the Big 5+1 Roadshow in Italy from 09-16 November.. For appointments and further details, please email dianna@experiencenortherncape.com.

Northern Cape Impressions
Please share your Northern Cape experiences, stories and photos of events with us by e-mailing tebogo@experiencenortherncape.com.