Our Africa Travel Expert, Robyn Leatherby, recently visited South Africa’s Northern Cape with Northern Cape Tourism. She stayed at Rogge Cloof and visited some fossil fields, participated in cheetah tracking and visited the last volcano in South Africa. Here’s what she had to say:

I was lucky enough to be invited by Northern Cape Tourism to join their trip to Rogge Cloof, situated in South Africa’s Northern Cape just outside Sutherland in the Great Karoo. This area is famous for its starlit nights, wide-open spaces, dramatic landscapes, and snowy winters.

Rogge Cloof dates to 1756 and is located at an altitude of between 1400 and 1700 metres. When we arrived, there was a massive storm overhead – dramatic thunder clouds, lightning and heavy rain, which is always so welcome and much needed in the Karoo. Though welcome, it it, unfortunately put a stop to all activities that day, but we had time to enjoy our accommodation and watch the storm.

South Africa's Northern Cape

Visit South Africa’s Northern Cape: About Rogge Cloof

Rogge means rye, and kloof (spelt ‘cloof’ in their name), means ravine. The name comes from the wild rye which was once plentiful in the area; directly translater it is “rye ravine”. Rogge Cloof offers both catered and self-catering accommodation and we stayed in the Orion Suites, some of their inclusive suites, which are spacious with a fireplace for cosy winter nights and glass-fronted with a view over the veld and the sky at night. The self-catering cottages are also cozy, featuring fireplaces, incredible views, and glorious isolation.

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