Klein Papkuil Farm lies in the untamed heart of diamond digging country, some 55 miles from the historical town of Kimberly – home of the largest man made excavation site in the world. The Northern Cape’s shear size, clear skies, flamboyant sunsets and brilliant starry nights, and incredible silence is powerfully intoxicating. It is here, where beauty and adventure go hand in hand. The wide-open spaces of the 15 000 acres (6 000 HA) Klein Papkuil farmland has been in the Gers family for four generations.

Environmental awareness, respect and reverence for nature are the rich heritage, which has been passed down. The upliftment of our community is of utmost importance to us and we are proudly South African, believing that eco-tourism is the only way to ensure sustainable development in the area.

The Northern Cape known as the “jewel of South Africa” boasts a colourful history and a variety of cultural tourist attractions. It is also renowned for its fascinating annual floral display that takes place in Namaqualand. The unreserved beauty of the coastline and a number of unique national parks offers our visitors a very different experience of South Africa.

Another interesting fact is that the last remaining true San (Bushman) people live in the Kalahari area of the Northern Cape. The whole area, especially along the Orange and Vaal Rivers, is rich in San rock engravings. The province is also rich in fossils.

Mining has always defined the history in this part of the world and, when diamonds were discovered in Kimberley, unprecedented growth took place in the Northern Cape Province. The man who found the first diamond and altered the history of the Northern Cape and South Africa forever, was Erasmus Jacobs. The 616-carat Eureka diamond was found in 1866 near Hopetown and the star of South Africa, which weighted in at 83.5 carats was discovered two years later.