Mining has always been crucial in the development of this part of the world. The area’s rich history is deeply rooted in the discovery of diamonds near Kimberley around 1866, which naturally resulted in the unprecedented growth of the Northern Cape province.
The Northern Cape, known as the ‘Jewel of South Africa’, boasts a colourful history and a variety of cultural tourist attractions.
In spring, the Namaqualand area transforms into a floral wonderland, while the unreserved beauty of the province’s coastline and a number of national parks offer visitors a uniquely South African experience, any time of the year.
The Northern Cape’s Kalahari is also home to the last remaining San (Bushman) people, and the whole area, especially along the Orange and Vaal rivers, is rich in San rock engravings. The province is also rich in fossils.