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The Northern Cape is South Africa’s largest province but the quietest one, which makes it a great destination for a quiet getaway according to Rough Guides.


Northern Cape, South Africa (13 December 2022) – Rough Guides is an international travel website that promotes travel for the United Kingdom to various countries around the world. The team has released its annual “Best Travel Destinations” list and South Africa’s Northern Cape made the list.

The Northern Cape is South Africa’s largest province by land mass and yet it is the smallest in terms of population. Did you know in comparison, the province is slightly bigger than the entire country of Germany?

While many may not think much happens in this province, it is most well known for being home to the southern hemisphere’s largest astronomical observatory, the multinational-sponsored Southern African Large Telescope (SALT). The Northern Cape is one of two sites to host the Square Kilometre Array radio-telescope (better known as the SKA Project), the largest and most advanced radio telescope in the world. Investment in these sciences is growing, which is great news for the province. It is also famous for San rock art, diamond diggings, 4X4 safaris and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

The landscape may be sparse but the vast stretch of semi-desert land is home to some of South Africa’s most incredible plants. An annual draw to the province includes the bloom of seasonal flowers that take over the desert each year.

The Northern Cape Tourism team celebrated the province being added to Rough Guide’s list. The province was listed 13th on the list of 23 towns and countries. Included on the list are Germany (Berlin), Morrocco (Fes), Italy (Naples) and Greece (Zagori), to name a few.

The website listed several things people can do in the Northern Cape, including some we have mentioned above but also where to stay and eat, thus promoting the small businesses that thrive on tourism.

Sources: Northern Cape Tourism / Rough Guides
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