The Northern Cape’s Namakwa district is largely a semi-desert area that combines the unspoilt expanses of Namaqualand and Hantam Karoo to form a region of exquisite natural beauty and contrast. Lava mountains display impossible rock formations, nature reserves abound with small game and birdlife, unusual vegetation blankets huge tracts of land, and the magic of spring paints the desert’s canvas with a brilliant palette of flowers that has become world renowned. Bordered by the Orange river to the north and the Atlantic coastline on the west, the mountains and valleys provide a natural playground for hiking, biking and 4×4 trails, offering the traveller access to some of the smaller, remote country communities and their people.