Diving in Northern Cape is not to be taken lightly. This province’s coastal and inland waters are some of the deepest in the world. The water clarity is absolutely unimaginable, but the depth of these waters is overwhelming, yet very inviting for those who dare. The most famous dive site in Northern Cape is Boesmansgat, or Bushman’s Hole. Found on the farm of Mount Camel, this sinkhole is thought to be the sixth-deepest submerged freshwater cave in the world. It was formed when groundwater dissolved the dolomite rocks covering the cave. The entrance to the cave which is about 1000 square feet (100 square meters) and covered in duckweed, gives way to a huge chamber approximately 886 feet (270 meters) deep. The crystal clear waters of the Boesmansgat have long enticed tec divers. Until 2015, Nuno Gomes held the Guinness World Record for the deepest cave dive with his dive to 1043 feet (318 meters) in Boesmansgat. Verna van Schaik also created the Guinness World Record for the deepest cave dive completed by a woman with a dive into this South African cave. However, Boesmansgat has taken more lives than it has given victors. Renowned divers Eben Leyden, Deon Dreyer and David Shaw all perished during dives into Boesmansgat. Northern Cape also boasts hundreds of miles of coast line. Unfortunately most of this coast is taken up by diamond mining industries. Rough conditions usually prevent any exploration of the deep waters found here. However, there has long been a group of diamond divers that patrol Northern Cape’s waters, searching for diamonds hidden in the murky bottom. If a rough and tumble adventure is for you, consider becoming a professional diamond diver on South Africa’s northwest coast.The deep and hitherto unexplored caves and coastal regions of Northern Cape are extremely awe-inspiring and pose exciting, and at times dangerous, challenges to divers across the world.
Northern Cape Sea Life
There is not much of anything resembling marine life inside the dark waters of Boesmansgat. If you are one of the few who dares to dive the deep coastal waters, you won’t find a tropical reef. Instead, you might be looking for diamonds. There is also a chance you will find scallops, rock lobster, mussels, oysters, abalone and prawns among the seaweed. If you are further out, you might happen across a pelagic fish including some large sharks. Dolphins and whales can occasionally be spotted from the boat. However, diving in Northern Cape is for the thrill, not for filling in the wildlife section of your log book.
How To Get There
Upington Airport and Kimberley Airport welcome domestic flights from major South African cities. It is also possible to reach the Northern Cape Province by bus from Cape Town. If you have your own transportation, the N1, N7, N8, N10, N12 and the N14 highways connect this province with other parts of South Africa.