Northern Cape

The Northern Cape ( Afrikaans Noord -Kaap, English Northern Cape, Setswana: Kapa Bokone, IsiXhosa Mntla - colonial ) is in the northwest of the Republic of South Africa and takes almost 30 % of the country's territory. It is bordered to the west by the Atlantic Ocean and on the north by Botswana and Namibia. It was formed in 1994 when the Cape Province was divided.

While the Northern Cape in terms of area is the largest province in South Africa, it is also the most sparsely populated.


The province is divided into five administrative districts ( District Municipality ) and these in turn into municipalities (Local Municipalities ):

  • Frances Baard District with the communities Sol Plaatjie, Phokwane, Dikgatlong, Magareng
  • Kgalagadi District with the municipalities of Ga - Segonyana, Gamagara, Joe Morolong
  • Namakwa ( Namaqua ) district with the communities Kamiesberg, Karoo Hoogland, Nama Khoi, Richtersveld, Khai - Ma, Hantam
  • Pixley Ka Seme district with communities Emthanjeni, Kareeberg, Renosterberg, Siyancuma, Siyathemba, Thembelihle, Ubuntu, Umsobomvu
  • IF Mgcawu district with communities Kai! Garib, Kgatelopele, Khara Hais, ! Kheis, Mier, Tsantsabane

Cities and Towns

50,000 inhabitants and more

10,000 to 50,000 inhabitants

Less than 10,000 inhabitants

National Parks and Nature Reserves

National Parks

  • Augrabies Falls National Park
  • Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park ( Kalahari Gemsbok partly formerly National Park )
  • Mokala National Park
  • Namaqua National Park
  • Richtersveld National Park

Nature Reserves

  • Akkerendam Nature Reserve
  • Billy Duvenhage Nature Reserve
  • Carnarvon Nature Reserve
  • The Bos Nature Reserve
  • Doornkloof Nature Reserve
  • Goegap
  • Kamfersdam
  • Nieuwoudtville Wildflower Rerserve
  • Oorlogskloof Nature Reserve
  • Rolfontein Nature Reserve
  • Spitzkop Nature Reserve
  • Tierberg Nature Reserve
  • Victoria West Nature Reserve
  • Witsand Nature Reserve


  • Afrikaans
  • English
  • South Ndebele
  • IsiXhosa
  • IsiZulu
  • Northern Sotho
  • Sesotho
  • Setswana
  • SiSwati
  • Tshivenda
  • Tsonga
  • No dominant language
  • Afrikaans 57%
  • Setswana 33 %
  • IsiXhosa 5%
  • English 2 %