18 days in Northern Cape Itinerary

18 days in Northern Cape Itinerary

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Upington
— 1 night
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Augrabies Falls National Park
— 1 night
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Vioolsdrif
— 3 nights
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Loeriesfontein
— 1 night
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Calvinia
— 3 nights
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Sutherland
— 3 nights
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Kimberley
— 5 nights
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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 24th (Tue): relax and rejuvenate at Beauty & Body, then do a tasting at Orange River Cellars, and then take a tour by water with Sakkie Se Arkie. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): stroll through Tierberg Nature Reserve, take an in-depth tour of Kalahari-Oranje Museum, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Kalahari Safaris Day Tours.

To find ratings and tourist information, you can read our Upington travel route planner.

Johannesburg to Upington is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Augrabies Falls National Park.

Things to do in Upington

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Augrabies Falls National Park

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Augrabies Falls National Park.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Augrabies Falls National Park trip planner.

Drive from Upington to Augrabies Falls National Park in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Vioolsdrif.

Things to do in Augrabies Falls National Park

Nature · Parks
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Vioolsdrif

— 3 nights
Vioolsdrif is a village on the Orange River in the north-western part of South Africa, known as Namaqualand.Origin of nameThe name in Afrikaans means 'the ford of the violin'. Spend the 28th (Sat) exploring nature at Richtersveld National Park. Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on things with Umkulu Safari and Canoe Trails and get outside with Bushwhacked Outdoor adventures.

Plan trip to Vioolsdrif with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Augrabies Falls National Park to Vioolsdrif. On the 29th (Sun), you'll travel to Loeriesfontein.

Things to do in Vioolsdrif

Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Loeriesfontein

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Fred Turner Windpump Museum.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Loeriesfontein trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Vioolsdrif to Loeriesfontein. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Calvinia.

Things to do in Loeriesfontein

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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Calvinia: Nieuwoudtville (Glacial Pavement, Vanrhynspas, &more). Spend the 31st (Tue) exploring nature at Tankwa Karoo National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Calvinia Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Akkerendam Nature Reserve, and don't miss a visit to Calvinia Post Box.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Calvinia route planning site.

You can drive from Loeriesfontein to Calvinia in 1.5 hours. August in Calvinia sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sutherland.

Things to do in Calvinia

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Sutherland

— 3 nights
Sutherland is a town with about 2,841 inhabitants in the Northern Cape province of South Africa. Take a break from Sutherland with a short trip to Karoo River Rafting in Tankwa Karoo National Park, about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: look and learn at Southern Africa Large Telescope, relax in the rural setting at Blesfontein Farm, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sutherland NG Kerk.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Sutherland day trip website.

You can drive from Calvinia to Sutherland in 2.5 hours. You will leave for Kimberley on the 5th (Sun).

Things to do in Sutherland

Adventure · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.
Spend the 8th (Wed) exploring nature at Mokala National Park. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Kimberley Mine Museum, view the masterpieces at William Humphreys Art Gallery, don't miss a visit to Kimberley Town Hall, and stroll through Felidae Centre.

To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kimberley trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Sutherland to Kimberley takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Kimberley

Museums · Parks · Nature · Shopping

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.