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 26th (Sat): indulge in some personalized pampering at Beauty & Body, 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 27th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tierberg Nature Reserve, take an in-depth tour of Kalahari-Oranje Museum, and then take an exotic tour of Kalahari Safaris Day Tours.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Upington trip builder tool.

Johannesburg to Upington is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Johannesburg in December: highs in Upington hover around 43°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Augrabies Falls National Park.

Things to do in Upington

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Augrabies Falls National Park

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Augrabies Falls National Park.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Augrabies Falls National Park sightseeing planning tool.

Drive from Upington to Augrabies Falls National Park in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Vioolsdrif.

Things to do in Augrabies Falls National Park

Parks · Nature
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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 30th (Wed) exploring nature at Richtersveld National Park. There's more to do: add some adventure to your tour with Umkulu Safari and Canoe Trails and get outside with Bushwhacked Outdoor adventures.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Vioolsdrif travel itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Augrabies Falls National Park to Vioolsdrif. On the 31st (Thu), you're off to Loeriesfontein.

Things to do in Vioolsdrif

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Loeriesfontein

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Fred Turner Windpump Museum.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Loeriesfontein day trip app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Vioolsdrif to Loeriesfontein. In December in Loeriesfontein, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 13°C at night. On the 1st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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. Explore Calvinia's surroundings by going to Nieuwoudtville (Glacial Pavement, Vanrhynspas, &more). Spend the 2nd (Sat) exploring nature at Tankwa Karoo National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Calvinia Museum, make a trip to Calvinia Post Box, and stroll through Akkerendam Nature Reserve.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Calvinia travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Loeriesfontein to Calvinia takes 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can 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. Step out of Sutherland with an excursion to Karoo River Rafting in Tankwa Karoo National Park--about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: look and learn at Southern Africa Large Telescope, pause for some serene contemplation at Sutherland NG Kerk, and experience rural life at Blesfontein Farm.

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You can drive from Calvinia to Sutherland in 2.5 hours. You'll set off for Kimberley on the 7th (Thu).

Things to do in Sutherland

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · 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 10th (Sun) exploring nature at Mokala National Park. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at The Big Hole, examine the collection at Wildebeest Kuil Rock Art Centre, take in the history at Magersfontein Battlefield, and stroll through Felidae Centre.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kimberley travel route planning site.

You can drive from Sutherland to Kimberley in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can fly 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.