10 days in Northern Cape Itinerary

10 days in Northern Cape Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Northern Cape journey planner

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Make it your trip
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Kimberley
— 3 nights
Drive
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Augrabies Falls National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Upington
— 1 night
Drive
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Calvinia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sutherland
— 1 night
Drive

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Kimberley

— 3 nights

City that Sparkles

As the heart of the Northern Cape's "Diamond Fields"--the region where the glittering jewels were discovered in the 1870s--Kimberley has evolved from a simple mining encampment to a thriving city rich in history and heritage.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Magersfontein Battlefield and William Humphreys Art Gallery. Spend the 11th (Sun) exploring nature at Mokala National Park. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at The Big Hole, see the interesting displays at Wildebeest Kuil Rock Art Centre, and admire the landmark architecture of Kimberley Town Hall.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Kimberley driving holiday planner.

Cape Town to Kimberley is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cape Town in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Kimberley, with lows of 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Augrabies Falls National Park.

Things to do in Kimberley

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Augrabies Falls National Park

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Augrabies Falls National Park.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Augrabies Falls National Park journey maker website.

Getting from Kimberley to Augrabies Falls National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Upington.

Things to do in Augrabies Falls National Park

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Upington

— 1 night
Upington is a town founded in 1884 and located in the Northern Cape province of South Africa, on the banks of the Orange River. On the 14th (Wed), indulge in some personalized pampering at Beauty & Body, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Kalahari Safaris Day Tours, and then get engrossed in the history at Kalahari-Oranje Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Upington tour planning website.

You can drive from Augrabies Falls National Park to Upington in 1.5 hours. July in Upington sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Calvinia.

Things to do in Upington

Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife · Tours

Calvinia

— 3 nights
Calvinia is a regional town in the Northern Cape province of South Africa named after the French religious reformer Jean Calvin. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Calvinia Museum and Fred Turner Windpump Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Quiver Tree Forest and Vanrhynspas. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Calvinia: Nieuwoudtville (Protea Motors & Glacial Pavement). Spend the 17th (Sat) exploring nature at Tankwa Karoo National Park.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Calvinia journey planner.

Traveling by car from Upington to Calvinia takes 4.5 hours. When traveling from Upington in July, plan for slightly colder days in Calvinia, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sutherland.

Things to do in Calvinia

Nature · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Sutherland

— 1 night
Sutherland is a town with about 2,841 inhabitants in the Northern Cape province of South Africa. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): look and learn at Sutherland Planetarium, see the sky in a new way at Southern Africa Large Telescope, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sutherland NG Kerk.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Sutherland day trip planning site.

You can drive from Calvinia to Sutherland in 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sutherland

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums

Northern Cape travel guide

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National Parks · History Museums · Nature & Parks
Highlights from a Northern Cape itinerary include rock climbing among the mountains and learning about the region's diamond-mining history. See a former excavation site--now filled with water--that claims to be the world's largest hole excavated by hand. Although partially covered in desert, the region blooms in spring, when the spectacle of vast fields of flowers generates an influx of tourism to the Northern Cape, the largest and most sparsely populated region of South Africa.