21 days in Northern Cape & Tshabong Itinerary

21 days in Northern Cape & Tshabong Itinerary

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Upington, South Africa
— 4 nights
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Riemvasmaak, South Africa
— 1 night
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Augrabies Falls National Park, South Africa
— 1 night
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Port Nolloth, South Africa
— 1 night
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Springbok, South Africa
— 1 night
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Nieuwoudtville, South Africa
— 3 nights
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Calvinia, South Africa
— 1 night
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Tshabong, Botswana
— 1 day
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Kimberley, South Africa
— 7 nights
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Upington, South Africa

— 4 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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Orange River and Beauty & Body. Step out of the city life by going to Tierberg Nature Reserve and Kalahari Safaris Day Tours. The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Orange River Cellars and take an in-depth tour of Kalahari-Oranje Museum.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Upington trip planner.

Johannesburg to Upington is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive. August in Upington sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 5°C at night. You'll set off for Riemvasmaak on the 1st (Wed).

Things to do in Upington

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Riemvasmaak, South Africa

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): witness a stunning natural landmark at Riemvasmaak Hot Springs.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Riemvasmaak route planner.

You can drive from Upington to Riemvasmaak in 1.5 hours. In September in Riemvasmaak, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Augrabies Falls National Park.

Things to do in Riemvasmaak

Nature · Parks
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Augrabies Falls National Park, South Africa

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Augrabies Falls National Park.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Augrabies Falls National Park trip planning website.

You can drive from Riemvasmaak to Augrabies Falls National Park in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Port Nolloth.

Things to do in Augrabies Falls National Park

Nature · Parks
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Port Nolloth, South Africa

— 1 night
Port Nolloth is a town and small domestic seaport in the Namaqualand region on the northwestern coast of South Africa, northwest of Springbok. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): examine the collection at Port Nolloth Museum.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Port Nolloth online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Augrabies Falls National Park to Port Nolloth takes 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Springbok.

Things to do in Port Nolloth

Museums
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Springbok, South Africa

— 1 night
Springbok is the largest town in the Namaqualand area in the Northern Cape province of South Africa. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): stroll through Goegap Nature Reserve.

Start your trip to Springbok by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Drive from Port Nolloth to Springbok in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Nieuwoudtville.

Things to do in Springbok

Wildlife · Parks
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Nieuwoudtville, South Africa

— 3 nights
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Quiver Tree Forest and Glacial Pavement. Get in touch with nature at Nieuwoudtville Waterfall and Vanrhynspas. Change things up with a short trip to Fred Turner Windpump Museum in Loeriesfontein (about 56 minutes away).

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Nieuwoudtville online vacation maker.

Traveling by car from Springbok to Nieuwoudtville takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Springbok in September, expect little chillier with lows of 5°C in Nieuwoudtville. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Calvinia.

Things to do in Nieuwoudtville

Nature · Parks · Museums · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Calvinia, South Africa

— 1 night
Calvinia is a regional town in the Northern Cape province of South Africa named after the French religious reformer Jean Calvin. On the 9th (Thu), make a trip to Calvinia Post Box and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Akkerendam Nature Reserve.

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You can drive from Nieuwoudtville to Calvinia in an hour. September in Calvinia sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Tshabong.

Things to do in Calvinia

Wildlife · Parks
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Tshabong, Botswana

— 1 day
On the 10th (Fri), explore the fascinating landscape at Kalahari Desert.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Tshabong travel route planner.

Getting from Calvinia to Tshabong by car takes about 9 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kimberley.

Things to do in Tshabong

Nature · Parks
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Kimberley, South Africa

— 7 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Flamingo Casino and William Humphreys Art Gallery. Step out of the city life by going to Felidae Centre and Vaal River Adventures. Spend the 14th (Tue) exploring nature at Mokala National Park. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Rooipoort Nature Reserve, examine the collection at Kimberley Mine Museum, witness the site of a historic battle at Magersfontein Battlefield, and admire the landmark architecture of Kimberley Town Hall.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kimberley tour app.

You can drive from Tshabong to Kimberley in 5.5 hours. In September in Kimberley, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Kimberley

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

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.

Kgalagadi District travel guide

4.8
Deserts
Kgalagadi is a district in southwest Botswana, lying along the country's border with Namibia and South Africa. The administrative center is Tsabong. The district of Kgalagadi covers a large part of the Kalahari Desert. It has a total area of 105,200 km² and has a population of 42,000 (2001). More than one-third of the district is covered by the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, which extends into South Africa, and which is a major tourist attraction.As of 2011, the total population of the district was 50,492 (compared to 42,049 in 2001). The growth rate of population during the decade was 1.85. Kgalagadi's population represents 2.49 per cent of the total population of Botswana. The majority of employees (in 2011 there were 10,530 people in work) were working within the transport & communication and public administration sectors. The district is administered by a district administration and district council.GeographyKgalagadi borders Omaheke Region, Namibia in northwest, Hardap Region, Namibia in southwest, Northern Cape Province, South Africa in south, North West Province, South Africa in southeast and omestically, it borders Ghanzi District in the north, Kweneng District in northeast, Southern District in the east. Kgalagadi means "land of the thirst". The largest settlement in the district is Tsabong, which had a population of 8939 in 2011 census while Hukuntsi and Kang had 4654 and 5985, respectively. The following is the list of villages noted separately in 2011 census in each census region.

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