Arid Routes of the Northern Cape
The Arid Routes are made up of areas that have a unique feeling or offer the visitor a certain experience, and although each route is individual and sometimes incredibly so, there is always the unity of belonging to this dry region, where mammals and birds don't confine themselves to made-made borders (and far less to travellers' routes). So there is a constant ebb and flow of life between the routes and all of them shelter under the brilliant desert night sky of the South Africa's Northern Cape province.
A rugged mountain desert wilderness
Tiny villages inhabited by the Nama-speaking people are interspersed between surrealistically exposed mountains towering above wide-open sandy plains.
The Richtersveld is a place of stark surrealistic beauty. It has a unique and rare biodiversity and a stark yet beautiful coastline. Inland the quiver trees stand like sentinals, and along with the halfmens (half person) trees seemingly guard the tiny creatures and plants that survive in this harsh climate.
The traditional culture of the inhabitants is to be enjoyed. Visiting these hospitable and friendly people, and sleeping over in a village, is an essential part of any trip on this route.
The |Ai |Ais-Richtersveld Transfontier Park as well as the Richtersveld World Heritage Site are internationally known as alluring destinations for adventurous travellers. However to explore the route in its fullest you will need a rugged 4x4 vehicle.
Kokerboom Food and Wine Route
Quiver trees, rivers, boulders, farmstalls, towns and tastes
The Kokerboom Food and Wine Route meanders from Upington to Augrabies through the Green Kalahari region. Strewn with vineyards, it's home to the five cellars of Orange River Cellars, the second largest wine co-operative in the world processing over 140 000 tons of grapes each season. Dried fruit industries like raisins, peaches, apricots and plums, pecan nuts, citrus and dates are fast-growing industries too.
The self-drive route allows visitors to explore the customs, traditional cuisine and must-see attractions of the region finishing at the awesome Augrabies National Falls. En-route, visitors can enjoy Kalahari sushi, wine and brandy tastings, home-made cheeses, meat delicacies and much more.
The Red Dune Route
Farm hospitality mingled with wildlife experiences
Journey with us to a place where the smiles are genuine, the farms welcoming, the food is local and ‘lekker’ (delicious) and the wildlife area bigger than many a country. With 20 independent route members and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, this is one of South Africa’s premium outdoor experience destinations.