South Africa has many faces, none as unlikely and impossible contrasting as the Northern Cape, a face that is often covered by clear, cobalt blue skies. Such a place is the region of the Green Kalahari. It is a living desert, easily accessible and an affordable destination that hold many surprises to the unsuspecting visitor. With excellent roads, friendly people and unspoilt environment, the Greenkalahari region is the place to be. From Upington, the capital of the Green Kalahari, your travels will take you from a raisin-making factory to a catfish farm, from lush green vineyards and wine cellars to tearooms in the Kalahari desert, from a luxurious lodge in Groblershoop to the remains of a Bushman settlement in the Verneuk Pan near Kenhardt.
Make time to spoil yourself by doing the Black Rhino Adventure, riding into the desert sunset on camel back, take on the mighty Orange River Rapids in a colorful raft, explore winding nature trails with mountain bikes, visit date palm plantations, sheep farms and ancient mission stations, take to the skies in a parasail or sit down for a moonlit five-course meal in the middle of the biggest salt pan in the Southern hemisphere!
Later you can experience the thunderous roar of the Augrabies Waterfall or the challenges of the Kalahari and Riemvasmaak 4x4 Trails. As you continue on your journey, you will meet people who genuinely open their hearts and doors to all visitors. You’ll discover unique places, rare plants and elusive animal species of all kinds – raptors, big cats, antelope, insects and lizards.
In the late afternoon you can sip cocktails at the pool, overlooking the Mighty Orange River, watch the birds come home for the night and experience the awesome call of the Fish Eagle. Soon the night will fall, bringing the chill of the night and unveiling a universe that explodes in a splendour of stars so bright that you cannot resist the temptation to reach out and touch it.
If you have grown tired of the hustle and bustle of city life and you long for the peace and quiet of a life that is rewarding and a horizon expanding in full view, you cannot find a better place than the Green Kalahari. Once you have visited the Green Kalahari, you will understand why the Kalahari is such a mysterious and tantalizing holiday destination. Once visited, preconceived ideas of heat, dust and sand make way for a desire to remain, for people who come here usually come back to stay. The Green Kalahari, home of the San people, invites you to a world of peace, tranquility and unique splendour that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.