17 days in Northern Cape Itinerary

17 days in Northern Cape Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Northern Cape journey planner

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Kimberley
— 5 nights
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Sutherland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Calvinia
— 4 nights
Drive
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Augrabies Falls National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Upington
— 3 nights
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Kimberley

— 5 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Doornbult Concentration Camp Memorials in Hopetown (about 2 hours away). Spend the 20th (Mon) exploring nature at Mokala National Park. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at The Big Hole, examine the collection at Wildebeest Kuil Rock Art Centre, witness the site of a historic battle at Magersfontein Battlefield, and take in the exciting artwork at Duggan Cronin Gallery.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kimberley trip itinerary planning app.

Johannesburg to Kimberley is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Johannesburg in December: highs in Kimberley hover around 41°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Sutherland.

Things to do in Kimberley

Museums · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

Sutherland

— 2 nights
Sutherland is a town with about 2,841 inhabitants in the Northern Cape province of South Africa. Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): look and learn at Sutherland Planetarium, see the sky in a new way at Southern Africa Large Telescope, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Sutherland NG Kerk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): relax in the rural setting at Blesfontein Farm.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Sutherland trip planner.

You can drive from Kimberley to Sutherland in 7 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Calvinia.

Things to do in Sutherland

Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Museums

Calvinia

— 4 nights
Calvinia is a regional town in the Northern Cape province of South Africa named after the French religious reformer Jean Calvin. Explore Calvinia's surroundings by going to Fred Turner Windpump Museum (in Loeriesfontein) and Nieuwoudtville (Quiver Tree Forest, Protea Motors, &more). Spend the 26th (Sun) exploring nature at Tankwa Karoo National Park. There's more to do: get engrossed in the history at Calvinia Museum and don't miss a visit to Calvinia Post Box.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Calvinia sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Sutherland to Calvinia in 2.5 hours. In December in Calvinia, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Augrabies Falls National Park.

Things to do in Calvinia

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Augrabies Falls National Park

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Augrabies Falls National Park. On the next day, take in the natural beauty of Riemvasmaak Hot Springs.

For photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Augrabies Falls National Park planner.

Traveling by car from Calvinia to Augrabies Falls National Park takes 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Upington.

Things to do in Augrabies Falls National Park

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Upington

— 3 nights
Upington is a town founded in 1884 and located in the Northern Cape province of South Africa, on the banks of the Orange River. Venture out of the city with trips to Orange River (in Groblershoop) and Tierberg Nature Reserve (in Keimoes). There's much more to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at Kalahari Safaris Day Tours, get engrossed in the history at Kalahari-Oranje Museum, do a tasting at Orange River Cellars, and relax and rejuvenate at Beauty & Body.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Upington day trip site.

You can drive from Augrabies Falls National Park to Upington in 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Upington can reach 43°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Upington

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Northern Cape travel guide

4.1
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.