Tourists flock to province during Easter

2016-04-13 06:00
THE Kimberley Easter Spinning Contest was hosted at the Arena in Galeshewe.   Photos: Supplied

THE Kimberley Easter Spinning Contest was hosted at the Arena in Galeshewe. Photos: Supplied

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THE MEC for Finance, Economic Development and Tourism in the Northern Cape, Mac Jack, is pleased with the high influx of visitors that were reported following a bumper Easter weekend in the province.

According to the department, at least 16 events were recorded in various towns over the Easter weekend.

Jack said the province had once again shown that it was the perfect destination to spend one’s holidays.

“The long Easter weekend saw many holiday makers making it to the Northern Cape and they had been enjoying themselves with an abundance of entertainment activities and places to explore,” said Jack.

He highlighted how the number of visitors that had been recorded and the jobs that had been created in the province had brought with it huge financial spin-offs due to the activities that were lined up to meet the expectations of the tourists.

“It is obvious that the events catered for everyone Z from comedy lovers, gospel and motorsport enthusiasts, fitness fanatics to night revellers.”

Jack said the fact that there had been no incidents reported, proved that security had been in place.

He further invited more visitors for the upcoming winter campaign, which he said would provide an ideal opportunity for locals to offer a warm welcoming hospitality to visitors.

“Not only do we use this to welcome visitors to our province, but also to expose them to the best tourism offerings we have and introduce them to the magnificence of the Northern Cape,” added Jack.

He said these campaigns raised awareness of the Northern Cape as a holiday destination.

The arrival of autumn is a perfect time to visit the Northern Cape, Jack said, as it is marked by cooler, yet sunny weather.

Visitors to the Kalahari region should definitely add the Kalahari Red Dune Route to their itinerary.

This self-drive route is a fascinating gateway into the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park and the friendly locals are always ready to welcome visitors with their hearty hospitality. Activities include camel rides, dune boarding, 4x4 trails, bird-watching as well as guided bush and game walks.

The Green Kalahari region is also a perfect family destination and the Kokerboom Food and Wine Route between Upington and Augrabies will reveal some of the gastronomic treasures of the Northern Cape that will meet everyone’s expectations, with plenty of outdoor activities for the more adventurous.

The Namaqwa region is home to the Richtersveld World Heritage Site and visitors can visit a Nama cultural settlement at Paulshoek near Kamieskroon. They can enjoy listening to the unique stories of the people of Garies, Kamieskroon, Springbok and Steinkopf.

During the spring, Namaqwaland is also transformed into a kaleidoscope of colour with the arrival of the flower season.

Jack also urged propsective visitors to explore the Richtersveld Route, the Richersveld World Heritage Site and the Namaqua Coastal Route.

For those who are looking for peace and tranquillity, the Karoo region in the Northern Cape area offers wide open plains dotted with koppies (hills).

“The region offers culture, adventure and incredible natural beauty with many unique experiences such as stargazing at the world’s largest astronomical observatory at Sutherland, and the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope in Carnarvon,” Jack said.

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