Deserts and diamonds and not so many people—the semi-arid expanses of the Northern Cape composes South Africa’s largest and least populated province. While not boasting beaches or tropical vegetation, plenty of travelers make the trek to experience the desert landscapes and laid-back lifestyle. Watch migrating herds of wildebeest sweep through the red dunes of Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, and visit the traditional Mier and Khomani communities that still live within the parklands. Though largely undeveloped, the towns of Northern Cape provide just enough amenities for visitors—plus a glimpse into unfussy everyday life in the region. Dive into mining history in capital Kimberley, where the Open Mine Museum stands ready to school you and “Big Hole” lays ready to hypnotize you. Birders head out to nearby Flamingo Island, and adventurers head out to numerous nature reserves in the region. Life slows in this province, and you’ll have plenty of time, and peace and quiet, to contemplate the vast red desert, and the glittering diamonds, of Northern Cape.