Northern Cape lies to the south of the mighty Orange River, which provides the basis for a healthy agricultural industry. Away from the Orange, the landscape is characterised by vast arid plains with outcroppings of haphazard rock piles. The province is renowned for its spectacular display of spring flowers, which, for a short period every year, attracts thousands of tourists. The cold Atlantic Ocean forms the western boundary. The province has a wealth of national parks and conservation areas. Cities scattered throughout this province stand out as oases amid the warm weather. The unique animals which have adapted to this harsh expanse have many spectacular survival techniques to be discovered by the visitor.