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Northern Cape Business 2017-18 edition

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Northern Cape Business 2017/18 is the seventh edition of this highly successful publication that has, since its launch in 2009, established itself as the premier business and investment guide to the Northern Cape Province. Officially supported and utilised by the Northern Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism, Northern Cape Business is unique as a business and investment guide that focuses exclusively on the Northern Cape.


SPECIAL FEATURE Explore the Routes of the Northern Cape Each of the province’s five regions features a route experience that will capture the imagination. The incredible year-round experiences coupled with the warm hospitality, the peace and tranquility offered by off-the-beaten-track towns and villages and space as far as the eye can see will allow you to rediscover life-changing experiences and ensure unforgettable holiday memories but more importantly, time to recharge and reconnect with each other. Visit: Kokerboom Food and Wine Route The quiver tree is one of this region’s most arresting botanical symbols. Stretching along the Gariep, the Quiver Tree Food and Wine Route includes towns such as Upington, Kakamas, Augrabies, Kanoneiland, Kenhardt and Riemvasmaak. Highlights of the route include the impressive Augrabies Falls, the relaxing hot springs at Riemvasmaak, river rafting, fly fishing, kayaking and river cruises on the mighty Orange River, numerous 4x4, hiking and mountain biking trails and excellent bird watching. Food fundis will be delighted with the restaurants and road stalls along the route. Orange River Wine Cellars is the biggest wine co-operative in the southern hemisphere. Stop in at Bezalel and Die Mas cellars as well. Information and bookings +27 84 244 4408 Kalahari Red Dune Route Golden dunes, wide-open skies and flat-topped acacia trees symbolise the Kalahari Red Dune Route. Stretching from Upington right to the Namibian border it passes the unique towns of Ashkam, Groot and Klein Mier, and Rietfontein. Chances are you’ll spot magnificent oryx with their rapier horns if you cross into the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. You might also encounter martial eagles, wildebeest and a black-maned lion proclaiming its territory from a high dune. Home to the massive Hakskeen Pan where the Bloodhound supersonic land speed record is to be attempted, it also offers dune hikes at dawn, eagle-owl encounters, sand duning and surfing in the red sand, and guided walks with the San Khomani. Comfortable lodges, rustic bush camps, traditional San villages and hospitable guest farms dot the arid wilderness. Contact +27 82 492 3469 Richtersveld Route The Richtersveld is South Africa’s only mountain desert and the route will take you on rugged gravel roads to quaint villages and towns, or take the more challenging 4x4 routes in the /Ai/Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park or in the Richtersveld World Heritage Area. This route is definitely for the adventurous and best explored in a well-equipped SUV or bakkie. Throw in some comfortable hiking boots, extra water and guidebooks on plants, birds, reptiles and geology and set out along the 600 km Namaqua Eco 4x4 Route. The Orange River offers river rafting and superb wilderness fly-fishing. The Richtersveld is a mountain biker’s dream. In the villages the locals will entertain guests with storytelling and traditional Nama step dancing upon request. Great restaurants and a fine hotel await you in Port Nolloth, but unpretentious community-owned guesthouses are found in almost every village. Contact +27 78 874 1515 Namaqua Coastal Route In spring, hordes of tourists flock to Namaqualand to see the spectacular fields of wild flowers. The dry and dusty plains are transformed from dull browns to a kaleidoscope of colour. Springbok is the main centre and the route includes not-to-be-missed gems, places like Garies, Kamieskroon, Hondeklip Bay, Koiingnaas and Kleinzee. There are dozens of NORTHERN CAPE BUSINESS 2017/18 32

SPECIAL FEATURE adventure and leisure options, including the Namaqua National Park, nature reserves, hidden coastal hamlets and some of the most remote hiking and 4x4 trails you could envision. Hike the Silversands Trail on the edge of the icy Atlantic or pedal among oryx within the Goegap Nature Reserve. Stargazers, history boffins and soul searchers will all feel welcome here. Go succulent sleuthing with a botanical guide or hike the Springbok Klipkoppie for a dose of Anglo-Boer War history or visit Namastat, a traditional matjies-hut village. Contact +27 27 672 1752 Karoo Hoogland Route The route is situated in the southern part of the province and covers the small Karoo towns of Nieuwoudtville, Calvinia, Williston, Sutherland, Fraserburg, Carnarvon, Loxton and Victoria West and forms the heart of the Great Karoo. The Karoo is the home of peace and tranquillity. The Khoi and San people, who left their legacy as art on the rocks, gave the Karoo its name. The route offers culture, adventure and incredible natural beauty with unique experiences such as stargazing at the world’s largest astronomical observatory at Sutherland, Carnarvon’s Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescopes, Karoo architecture and corbelled houses, Anglo-Boer War sites, rock art, ancient Palaeo Surfaces, farm stays and great Karoo cuisine featuring Karoo lamb and warm hospitality. Contact +27 84 709 0218 Cape Namibia Route The route meanders away from the N7 highway and includes small towns, each with its own local flavour and a story to tell. Visitors will encounter towns capturing the Nama heritage of the province where they can appreciate the unique stories of the people of Garies, Kamieskroon, Springbok and Steinkopf. The distinctive and enormous megalithic boulders carry the names of early Namakwa travellers and are aptly called the letter stones. During spring-time, this route takes visitors into the core of the floral kaleidoscope that is the Namakwa floral season. Contact +27 53 833 1434 EVENTS CALENDAR March/April: Diamond and Dorings Music Festival – Kimberley • Afrikaburn – Tankwa Karoo National Park • Hantam Mountain Bike Race – Niewoudtville May: Calvinia to Ceres: Tankwa Camino – Calvinia July: NC Motorsport: Spinning – Kimberley Gemsbok Rally – Upington August: Fraserburg Logan Drama Festival – Fraserburg • Hantam Meat Festival – Calvinia September : Williston Winter Festival – Williston • Gariep Arts Festival – Kimberley • Kamiesberg Flower Trail Run – Kamiesberg • Desert Knights Motorbike Adventure – Richtersveld Transfrontier Park • Kalahari Desert Festival – Witdraai near Askham • Pella Cultural Festival – Pella October: Barney Barnato Amateur Golf Championship – Kimberley • Ghaap River XTreme Festival – Douglas • Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon – Augrabies Falls National Park • Boekbedonnerd X – Richmond November: The Munga Race – Rolfontein Nature Reserve • Aggeneys Fees – Aggeneys December: Richtersveld Liggies Festival – Port Nolloth • SA Jazz – Kimberley • MetroFM Heatwave – Kimberley 33 NORTHERN CAPE BUSINESS 2017/18

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