22 days in Northern Cape & Cape Town Itinerary

22 days in Northern Cape & Cape Town Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa trip itinerary maker

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Kimberley
— 3 nights
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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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Springbok
— 1 night
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Nieuwoudtville
— 2 nights
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Sutherland
— 1 night
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Cape Town
— 8 nights
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Kimberley

— 3 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 23rd (Wed) exploring nature at Mokala National Park. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of The Big Hole, take in the history at Magersfontein Battlefield, examine the collection at Wildebeest Kuil Rock Art Centre, and stroll through Felidae Centre.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kimberley itinerary maker site.

Zurich, Switzerland to Kimberley is an approximately 22-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Zurich to Kimberley due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Zurich in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Kimberley: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Upington.

Things to do in Kimberley

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

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 (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Kalahari-Oranje Museum and then learn about winemaking at Orange River Cellars.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Upington day trip planner.

You can drive from Kimberley to Upington in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Upington are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. On the 24th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Augrabies Falls National Park.

Things to do in Upington

Museums · Wineries

Augrabies Falls National Park

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Augrabies Falls National Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Augrabies Falls National Park route builder app.

You can drive from Upington to Augrabies Falls National Park in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough 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 26th (Sat) exploring nature at Richtersveld National Park. There's more to do: get outside with Bushwhacked Outdoor adventures.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Vioolsdrif trip itinerary planning app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Augrabies Falls National Park to Vioolsdrif. On the 28th (Mon), you're off to Springbok.

Things to do in Vioolsdrif

Wildlife · Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Springbok

— 1 night
Springbok is the largest town in the Namaqualand area in the Northern Cape province of South Africa. On the 29th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Goegap Nature Reserve.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Springbok online day trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Vioolsdrif to Springbok. In September in Springbok, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Nieuwoudtville.

Things to do in Springbok

Wildlife · Parks
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Nieuwoudtville

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Glacial Pavement, take a peaceful walk through Quiver Tree Forest, and then take an in-depth tour of Fred Turner Windpump Museum. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Nieuwoudtville Waterfall and then cruise along Vanrhynspas.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Nieuwoudtville attractions planning website.

You can drive from Springbok to Nieuwoudtville in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Springbok in September, Nieuwoudtville is slightly colder at night with lows of 5°C. On the 1st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sutherland.

Things to do in Nieuwoudtville

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Sutherland

— 1 night
Sutherland is a town with about 2,841 inhabitants in the Northern Cape province of South Africa. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sutherland NG Kerk, then see the sky in a new way at Sutherland Planetarium, then relax in the rural setting at Blesfontein Farm, and finally see the sky in a new way at Southern Africa Large Telescope.

Discover how to plan a Sutherland trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Nieuwoudtville to Sutherland takes 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Sutherland

Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Museums

Cape Town

— 8 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Venture out of the city with trips to Haute Cabriere (in Franschhoek) and Robertson (Owl's Rest Olive and Lavender Farm & Robertson Art Gallery). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, take a memorable drive along Chapman's Peak Drive, step off the mainland to explore Robben Island Museum, and stroll through Cape Point.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Cape Town trip itinerary website.

Drive from Sutherland to Cape Town in 4 hours. In October in Cape Town, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

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.