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. On the 26th (Sat), relax and rejuvenate at Beauty & Body, then learn about winemaking at Orange River Cellars, and then get a new perspective on things with Sakkie Se Arkie. On the 27th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tierberg Nature Reserve, get engrossed in the history at Kalahari-Oranje Museum, and then take an exotic tour of Kalahari Safaris Day Tours.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Upington online sightseeing planner.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time 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 28th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Augrabies Falls National Park.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Augrabies Falls National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Upington to Augrabies Falls National Park in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can 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 still lots to do: head outdoors with Umkulu Safari and Canoe Trails.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Vioolsdrif sightseeing planning website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Augrabies Falls National Park to Vioolsdrif. On the 31st (Thu), you're off to Loeriesfontein.

Things to do in Vioolsdrif

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Loeriesfontein

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Fred Turner Windpump Museum.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Loeriesfontein trip itinerary site.

Explore your travel options from Vioolsdrif to Loeriesfontein with the Route module. In December, daytime highs in Loeriesfontein are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. 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. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Calvinia Museum, don't miss a visit to Calvinia Post Box, and stroll through Akkerendam Nature Reserve.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Calvinia trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Loeriesfontein to Calvinia takes 1.5 hours. In January in Calvinia, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough 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. When in Sutherland, make a side trip to see Karoo River Rafting in Tankwa Karoo National Park, approximately Tankwa Karoo National Park away. And it doesn't end there: see the sky in a new way at Southern Africa Large Telescope, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sutherland NG Kerk, and relax in the rural setting at Blesfontein Farm.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Sutherland online day trip planner.

You can drive from Calvinia to Sutherland in 2.5 hours. On the 7th (Thu), you'll travel to Kimberley.

Things to do in Sutherland

Outdoors · Adventure · 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 10th (Sun) exploring nature at Mokala National Park. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at The Big Hole, examine the collection at Kimberley Mine Museum, make a trip to Kimberley Town Hall, and look for all kinds of wild species at Felidae Centre.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Kimberley day trip planner.

Getting from Sutherland to Kimberley by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. In January, daytime highs in Kimberley are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to 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.