The Northern Cape is South Africa’s largest province, but it is also the most sparsely populated. Depending on where your discount hotel in Northern Cape is located, you could find yourself looking at the rugged beauty of the Orange River country, or the stark landscape of the Kalahari Desert. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, which adjoins a park in Botswana, is South Africa’s second largest national park. The two parks make up one of the largest conservation and ecotourism areas in the world. Thousands of people come here every year to see the exquisite Namaqualand flowers.
When you are searching in advance for good budget hotels in Northern Cape, you will find that communities are few and far between. The largest city is Kimberley, with a population of 200,000. It was originally a camp for diamond miners. One of the main attractions is the Big Hole Diamond Mine and the accompanying Kimberley Mine Museum. The Bultfontein Mine is the only place in the world where you can take an underground tour of an operating diamond mine. Another popular site is the Africana Library, which was built in 1888. Here you can see, among other rare books, the 19th century Setswana Bible, the first bible ever printed in an African language. For added interest, the library is allegedly haunted. For some spectacular early photographs of early Africa, go to the Duggan Cronin Gallery. Just outside town is Magersfontein Battlefield, where the Boers defeated the British in December, 1899.
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