OVERVIEW also hosts the South African Astronomical Observatory, several historic mission settlements, the Namaqua National Park (on the West Coast) and the aweinspiring Richtersveld Transfrontier Park. The Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Springbok and Calvinia are the two major towns in this huge district, which is also the only Northern Cape region with The NCTA partners with several events to raise the province’s a coastline and soon to be the home of a tourism profile. Credit: Experience Northern Cape new harbour. A Provincial Tourism Recovery plan assisted enterprises that suffered in the Covid-19 lockdowns. In vineyards in the Orange River the first phase, 124 enterprises received funding from the Tourism valley, on the route frequented by Relief Fund to the value of R6.2-million and 105 tourist guides were travellers to popular destinations supported through the Freelance Tourist Guide Relief Fund in the such as the Augrabies National amount of R475 000. Park, the Kalahari, Namibia, the Richtersveld and the West Coast. The riverside town of Hotels Upington has a large number of guesthouses and bed-andbreakfast establishments, The Flamingo Casino (pictured) is run by Sun International and together with a 90-room Protea offers gaming tables, slot machines and conference facilities. Two Hotel by Marriott. years of lockdown finally ended in April 2022 for the live music The Protea Hotel by Marriott venue within the casino, Bar 129, with the announcement that Kimberley has 117 rooms and shows would start again every Thursday. three suites and is located next With eight properties in the Northern Cape covering a range of to the Big Hole. Also near the accommodation options from camping to hotels, the investment capital city’s biggest attraction strategy of Country Hotels has reached maturity. The group also has a is the historic Kimberley Club few hotels in the northern Western Cape, catering to the same market Boutique Hotel. Tsogo Sun has of flower-lovers and tourists in search of the beauty of arid landscapes. two properties in Kimberley: a The group recently announced that it had opened a new 135-room Garden Court and a restaurant chain across its Northern Cape hotels, called The Badgers 64-room budget hotel, SUN1. Grill. The Orange River Rafting Lodge has an obvious purpose while the Namastat Lodge and Caravan Park caters to travellers on the N7. In Calvinia the refurbished Calvinia Hotel and Tankwa Lodge offers Investment opportunities 25 air-conditioned rooms and easy access to flower-spotting and the Tankwa Karoo National Park. The Pofadder Inn offers reliable accommodation in one of the General opportunities for investors region’s smallest towns and the Kakamas Hotel is surrounded by in the tourism sector include: • Nature and game reserves • Adventure tourism ONLINE RESOURCES • Upgrading of accommodation Northern Cape Tourism Authority: www.northerncape.org.za facilities Richtersveld: www.richtersveld-conservancy.org • New attractions and entertainSouth African National Parks: www.sanparks.co.za ment features (theme parks) World Wide Fund for Nature: www.wwf.org.za • Improve air transport networks.
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