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Known for its clear skies and breathtaking sunsets with brilliant starry nights, the Northern Cape is famous for more than diamonds. With the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Richtersveld National Park and the Augrabies Falls National Parks, wildlife and nature are on your doorstep. Come springtime, the dazzling Namaqualand flowers are in bloom.
The Northern Cape is a semi-arid region with little rainfall in summer, apart from a narrow coastal strip of winter-rainfall area. Winters are extremely cold and frosty, and summers experience very high temperatures.
The Namaqualand flowers, in bloom from July to September, are a splendid site, and draw plenty of visitors each year. The Northern Cape has an abundance of San rock art paintings. The San were hunter-gatherers who lived off the harsh desert, and their rich cultural heritage has been preserved in paintings in caves throughout the province.
Kimberly was the centre for growth in the region when diamonds were discovered, the Kimberly Mine Museum is an excellent resource today. With viewing decks into the Big Hole, this ‘living museum’ shows the old shops, bars, churches, restaurants and banks almost exactly as they were at the height of the diamond digging days.
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