28 days in Northern Cape Itinerary

28 days in Northern Cape Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Northern Cape trip planner

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Kimberley
— 5 nights
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De Aar
— 3 nights
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Sutherland
— 3 nights
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Calvinia
— 3 nights
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Loeriesfontein
— 4 nights
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Port Nolloth
— 4 nights
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Augrabies Falls National Park
— 2 nights
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Upington
— 3 nights
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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Big Hole and Kimberley Mine Museum. Get in touch with nature at Mokala National Park and Felidae Centre. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at McGregor Museum, don't miss a visit to The Honoured Dead Memorial, view the masterpieces at William Humphreys Art Gallery, and try to win big at Flamingo Casino.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kimberley trip planner.

Johannesburg to Kimberley is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Johannesburg in February: highs in Kimberley hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel to De Aar.

Things to do in Kimberley

Museums · Parks · Nature · Shopping

De Aar

— 3 nights
De Aar is a town in the Northern Cape, South Africa. Do some cultural sightseeing at De Aar and Richmond Horse Museum. Take a break from De Aar with a short trip to Modern Art Project in Richmond, about 1h 30 min away.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our De Aar driving holiday app.

You can drive from Kimberley to De Aar in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in February, and nighttime lows around 19°C. You'll set off for Sutherland on the 9th (Wed).

Things to do in De Aar

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Sutherland

— 3 nights
Sutherland is a town with about 2,841 inhabitants in the Northern Cape province of South Africa. Museum-lovers will get to explore Southern Africa Large Telescope and Sutherland Planetarium. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Sutherland NG Kerk and relax in the rural setting at Blesfontein Farm.

For more things to do and more tourist information, go to the Sutherland holiday planner.

Getting from De Aar to Sutherland by car takes about 5 hours. You will leave for Calvinia on the 12th (Sat).

Things to do in Sutherland

Childrens Museums · Museums · Historic Sites

Calvinia

— 3 nights
Calvinia is a regional town in the Northern Cape province of South Africa named after the French religious reformer Jean Calvin. Take a break from the city and head to Tankwa Karoo National Park and Glacial Pavement. Appreciate the collections at Calvinia Museum and Protea Motors. It doesn't end there: make a trip to Calvinia Post Box.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Calvinia tour planning app.

Getting from Sutherland to Calvinia by car takes about 2.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Loeriesfontein.

Things to do in Calvinia

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Loeriesfontein

— 4 nights
Escape the urban bustle at Namaqualand and Quiver Tree Forest. Venture out of the city with trips to Nieuwoudtville (Vanrhynspas & Nieuwoudtville Waterfall).

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Loeriesfontein vacation app.

Drive from Calvinia to Loeriesfontein in 1.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Loeriesfontein can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Port Nolloth.

Things to do in Loeriesfontein

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Nolloth

— 4 nights
Port Nolloth is a town and small domestic seaport in the Namaqualand region on the northwestern coast of South Africa, northwest of Springbok. Get a sense of the local culture at Richtersveld National Park and Kleinzee Museum. Get in touch with nature at Goegap Nature Reserve and Namaqua National Park. There's more to do: examine the collection at Port Nolloth Museum.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Port Nolloth road trip app.

Traveling by car from Loeriesfontein to Port Nolloth takes 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Augrabies Falls National Park.

Things to do in Port Nolloth

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Augrabies Falls National Park

— 2 nights
On the 24th (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Augrabies Falls National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: witness a stunning natural landmark at Riemvasmaak Hot Springs.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Augrabies Falls National Park tour itinerary maker.

You can drive from Port Nolloth to Augrabies Falls National Park in 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Upington.

Things to do in Augrabies Falls National Park

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Upington

— 3 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. Get a sense of the local culture at Orange River Cellars and Kalahari-Oranje Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Kalahari Safaris Day Tours and Orange River. Change things up with a short trip to Tierberg Nature Reserve in Keimoes (about 58 minutes away). It doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at Beauty & Body.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Upington tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Augrabies Falls National Park to Upington takes 1.5 hours. February in Upington sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Upington

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

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.