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Information on the Northern Cape province of South Africa

Conference Venues South Africa brings you information on the Northern Cape province of South Africa including information on the Namaqualand region, Kalahari and Diamond Fields region and Hantam and Upper Karoo region of the Northern Cape province.

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About the Northern Cape Province of South Africa

The Northern Cape is known for its unspoiled natural beauty and is home to the Namaqualand region which is famous for its Namaqualand daisies.

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The capital of the Northern Cape is Kimberley. The Northern Cape is home to the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park, which is part of a trans-frontier park with Botswana. The province also includes the Augrabies Falls and the diamond mining regions of Kimberley and Alexander Bay. The Orange River flows through the Northern Cape and forms the border with the Free State province of South Africa and with Namibia. The Northern Cape has the largest percentage of Afrikaans native speakers of any province of South Africa.

Mostly arid to semiarid, few areas in the Northern Cape receive more than 400mm of rainfall per year. The eastern regions receive most of its rainfall from late summer thunderstorms while the west experiences most of their rainfall in winter. Many areas in the Northern Cape experience extreme heat, with the hottest temperatures in South Africa measured along the Northern Cape and Namibian border. Summers maximums are generally 30°C or higher and sometimes higher than 40°C. Winters are usually clear and frosty, with southern areas such as Sutherland becoming bitterly cold, which often receives snow and temperatures sometimes drop below the -10°C mark.

The Northern Cape is also the largest province in South Africa, and the distances between towns are enormous due to its sparse population. The province is dominated by the Karoo Basin and consists mainly of sedimentary rocks and some Dolerite intrusions. The southeast and south of the province is high-lying in the Nuweveld and Roggeveld districts. The Namaqualand area is famous for its spring flowers and is hilly to mountainous.


History of the Northern Cape

The Northern Cape is home to more than a thousand San who immigrated from Namibia following independence. They served as scouts and trackers for the South African government during the war. They were awarded a settlement in Platfontein in 1999 by the South African government.....Northern Cape History

Northern Cape Geography

The Northern Cape is the largest province in South Africa, and the distances between towns are enormous due to its sparse population. The province is dominated by the Karoo Basin and consists primarily of sedimentary rocks and some Dolerite intrusions. The southeast and south of the province is high-lying in the Nuweveld and Roggeveld districts. The Namaqualand area is famous for its spring flowers and is hilly to mountainous. ....Northern Cape Geography

Northern Cape Climate

Mostly arid to semiarid, few areas in the province receive more than 400mm of rainfall per year. The eastern reigions receive most of its rainfall from late summer thunderstorms while the west experiences most of their rainfall in winter. Many areas in the Northern Cape experience extreme heat, with the hottest temperatures in South Africa measured along the Northern Cape and Namibian border.....Northern Cape Climate

Northern Cape Economy

The Northern Cape is most renowned for the diamond mines around Kimberley but also has a significant agricultural area around the Orange River, including most of the South Africa's sultana vineyards. Extensive sheep raising is the basis of the economy in the southern Karoo areas of the province....Northern Cape Economy

Northern Cape Demographics

About 68% of the population in the Northern Cape speak Afrikaans, other languages being Xhosa, English and Setswana. The last remaining true San (Bushmen) people live in the Kalahari region. The area along the Vaal and Orange rivers are rich in San rock engravings. A good selection of these engravings can be seen at the McGregor Museum in Kimberley. The Northern Cape province is also rich in fossils.

Towns and Suburbs of the Northern Cape province of South Africa

Augrabies , Colesberg , Kimberley , Springbok , Upington


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