12 days in Northern Cape Itinerary

12 days in Northern Cape Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Northern Cape trip planner

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Kimberley
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hopetown
— 1 night
Drive
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Sutherland
— 1 night
Drive
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Calvinia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Springbok
— 1 night
Drive
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Augrabies Falls National Park
— 1 night
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Upington
— 1 night
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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.
Spend the 12th (Sat) exploring nature at Mokala National Park. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Kimberley Mine Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Felidae Centre, take an in-depth tour of The Big Hole, and witness the site of a historic battle at Magersfontein Battlefield.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kimberley online travel route builder.

Johannesburg to Kimberley is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Johannesburg in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Kimberley, with lows of 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Hopetown.

Things to do in Kimberley

Museums · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Hopetown

— 1 night
Hopetown is a town which lies at the edge of the Great Karoo in South Africa's Northern Cape province. Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): make a trip to Doornbult Concentration Camp Memorials.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Hopetown trip maker website.

Drive from Kimberley to Hopetown in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sutherland.

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 16th (Wed): see the sky in a new way at Sutherland Planetarium, look and learn at Southern Africa Large Telescope, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sutherland NG Kerk.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Sutherland trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hopetown to Sutherland takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Calvinia.

Things to do in Sutherland

Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Museums

Calvinia

— 3 nights
Calvinia is a regional town in the Northern Cape province of South Africa named after the French religious reformer Jean Calvin. Get out of town with these interesting Calvinia side-trips: Nieuwoudtville (Protea Motors, Vanrhynspas, &more). Spend the 17th (Thu) exploring nature at Tankwa Karoo National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Calvinia Museum and don't miss a visit to Calvinia Post Box.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Calvinia trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Sutherland to Calvinia by car takes about 2.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Springbok.

Things to do in Calvinia

Parks · Nature · Museums · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Springbok

— 1 night
Springbok is the largest town in the Namaqualand area in the Northern Cape province of South Africa. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Goegap Nature Reserve.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Springbok attractions planner.

You can drive from Calvinia to Springbok in 4 hours. Traveling from Calvinia in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Springbok, with lows around 9°C. On the 20th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Augrabies Falls National Park.

Things to do in Springbok

Wildlife · Parks
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Augrabies Falls National Park

— 1 night
On the 21st (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Augrabies Falls National Park.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Augrabies Falls National Park online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Springbok to Augrabies Falls National Park takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Upington.

Things to do in Augrabies Falls National Park

Nature · Parks
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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. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Kalahari-Oranje Museum, learn about winemaking at Orange River Cellars, and then take an exotic tour of Kalahari Safaris Day Tours.

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Traveling by car from Augrabies Falls National Park to Upington takes 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Upington are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Upington

Wildlife · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

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.