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West and Northern Cape

Defined by majestic mountains, long stretches of beach, farmland valleys and further inland, the semi-desert Karoo, this area is certainly varied in terms of attractions and places to visit.

Stretching up the western coast from Cape Town, explore the West Coast National Park rich in geology and nature and stop at Paternoster, a fishing village that’s something of a secret amongst locals, retaining a real authentic flavour and with miles of sandy beaches, highly ranked restaurants serving excellent fresh seafood and some really lovely places to stay.

Explore South Africa’s ancient heritage with a visit to West Coast Fossil Park and the Cederberg Mountains and see San rock art paintings against dramatic backdrops. All of this, mostly to yourself.

Eland at Bushmans Kloof, Cederberg, South Africa
Cederberg, South Africa

Why visit the West and Northern Cape

  • Experience an authentic South Africa, away from the crowds
  • Diverse landscapes from the beautiful coastline and the rugged Cederberg Mountains to the dramatic semi-desert Karoo
  • See the springtime flowers of Namaqualand, a carpet of colour in the beautiful Cape


Tell us what you love doing and we’ll curate a journey that’s perfect for you.

Cycle Namaqualand

Cycle through colourful Namaqualand daisies, exploring the landscape of the Cederberg.

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Junior Rangers

Join the Junior Rangers programme at Tswalu Kalahari, perfect for young children.

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Self-Drive Adventures

Drive through diverse landscapes from the beautiful coastline and the rugged Cederberg Mountains to the dramatic semi-desert Karoo.

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Meerkat Family

Meet a habituated family of meerkats on a family friendly safari at Tswalu Kalahari.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Illona Cross

Born in a small South African town, I have always followed my passion for nature and discovery. After studying Nature Conservation in Pretoria, I was one of the first women to complete a very tough cadetship in the Natal Parks Board. It was here where I cut my teeth in African wildlife management.

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Chris Johnston

25 years ago, my first trip to Africa took on a life of its own. I planned for three months, I stayed for two years. Whilst there, I was mistaken for a priest, attacked by sharks and arrested. Yet the countless, clattering journeys opened my eyes to the beauty of the landscapes and the grace of the people. My recent trips are undoubtedly more comfortable, but the welcome is as warm as ever and the best experiences are still those I never see coming.

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Why Choose Steppes?

Our knowledge and expertise set us apart. So too our curiosity. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you, all the while ensuring we travel and operate sustainably.

Are you ready to discover extraordinary once again?

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