35 days in Northern Cape Itinerary

35 days in Northern Cape Itinerary

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35 days in Northern Cape Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Upington
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
2
Vioolsdrif
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Kleinsee
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Springbok
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Loeriesfontein
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Calvinia
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Sutherland
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
8
De Aar
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
9
Kimberley
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Johannesburg

3
nights
Upington

Upington ©
Upington is a town founded in 1884 and located in the Northern Cape province of South Africa, on the banks of the Orange River. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Orange River Cellars and Kalahari-Oranje Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Upington: Tierberg Nature Reserve (in Keimoes), Augrabies Falls National Park (in Augrabies Falls National Park) and Orange River (in Groblershoop). There's more to do: take in the natural beauty of Riemvasmaak Hot Springs.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Upington route planning site .

Johannesburg to Upington is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Vioolsdrif.

Things to do in Upington

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Riemvasmaak Hot Springs, Tierberg Nature Reserve, Augrabies Falls National Park, Orange River
Highlights from your plan
Augrabies Falls National Park ©
Augrabies Falls National Park
Orange River Cellars ©
Orange River Cellars
Kalahari-Oranje Museum ©
Kalahari-Oranje Museum

3
nights
Vioolsdrif

Vioolsdrif ©
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 25th (Thu) exploring nature at Richtersveld National Park. The adventure continues: get outside with Bushwhacked Outdoor adventures.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Vioolsdrif trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Upington to Vioolsdrif. On the 27th (Sat), you're off toKleinsee.

Things to do in Vioolsdrif

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Richtersveld National Park
Highlights from your plan
Richtersveld National Park ©
Richtersveld National Park
Bushwhacked Outdoor adventures ©
Bushwhacked Outdoor adventures

3
nights
Kleinsee

Kleinsee ©
Museum-lovers will get to explore Port Nolloth Museum and Kleinzee Museum. Spend the 28th (Sun) exploring nature at Namaqua National Park.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kleinsee sightseeing planning website .

Explore your travel options from Vioolsdrif to Kleinsee with the Route module. In July in Kleinsee, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. On the 30th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Springbok.

Things to do in Kleinsee

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Port Nolloth Museum, Namaqua National Park
Highlights from your plan
Namaqua National Park ©
Namaqua National Park
Port Nolloth Museum ©
Port Nolloth Museum
Kleinzee Museum ©
Kleinzee Museum

4
nights
Springbok

Springbok ©
Springbok is the largest town in the Namaqualand area in the Northern Cape province of South Africa. Take a break from Springbok with a short trip to Garies Toeriste Stal Coffee Shop in Garies, about 1h 45 min away. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Goegap Nature Reserve.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Springbok journey builder site .

You can drive from Kleinsee to Springbok in 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Springbok can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. You'll set off for Loeriesfontein on the 3rd (Sat).

Things to do in Springbok

Wildlife Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Garies Toeriste Stal Coffee Shop
Highlights from your plan
Goegap Nature Reserve ©
Goegap Nature Reserve
Garies Toeriste Stal Coffee Shop ©
Garies Toeriste Stal Coffee Shop

4
nights
Loeriesfontein

Loeriesfontein ©
Loeriesfontein is known for museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Fred Turner Windpump Museum and tour the pleasant surroundings at Namaqualand.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Loeriesfontein trip planner .

Getting from Springbok to Loeriesfontein by car takes about 4 hours. Traveling from Springbok in August, plan for little chillier nights in Loeriesfontein, with lows around 3°C. On the 7th (Wed), you're off toCalvinia.

Things to do in Loeriesfontein

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trip

Namaqualand
Highlights from your plan
Namaqualand ©
Namaqualand
Fred Turner Windpump Museum ©
Fred Turner Windpump Museum

4
nights
Calvinia

Calvinia ©
Calvinia is a regional town in the Northern Cape province of South Africa named after the French religious reformer Jean Calvin. Get a sense of the local culture at Calvinia Museum and Protea Motors. Explore Calvinia's surroundings by going to Nieuwoudtville (Nieuwoudtville Waterfall, Quiver Tree Forest, & more). Spend the 9th (Fri) exploring nature at Tankwa Karoo National Park. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Calvinia Post Box.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Calvinia trip planner .

Drive from Loeriesfontein to Calvinia in 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Calvinia are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sutherland.

Things to do in Calvinia

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Nieuwoudtville
Highlights from your plan
Tankwa Karoo National Park ©
Tankwa Karoo National Park
Calvinia Museum ©
Calvinia Museum
Protea Motors ©
Protea Motors

4
nights
Sutherland

Sutherland ©
Sutherland is a town with about 2,841 inhabitants in the Northern Cape province of South Africa. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Southern Africa Large Telescope and Sutherland NG Kerk. There's still lots to do: see the sky in a new way at Sutherland Planetarium and experience rural life at Blesfontein Farm.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Sutherland day trip planning website .

You can drive from Calvinia to Sutherland in 2.5 hours. On the 15th (Thu), you're off toDe Aar.

Things to do in Sutherland

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Southern Africa Large Telescope ©
Southern Africa Large Telescope
Sutherland Planetarium ©
Sutherland Planetarium
Sutherland NG Kerk ©
Sutherland NG Kerk

4
nights
De Aar

De Aar ©
De Aar is a town in the Northern Cape, South Africa. Get a sense of the local culture at De Aar and Modern Art Project. You'll explore and learn at Richmond Horse Museum and Colesberg-Kemper Museum. Get out of town with these interesting De Aar side-trips: Doornbult Concentration Camp Memorials (in Hopetown) and Vanderkloof Dam (in Vanderkloof).

Plan trip to De Aar with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from Sutherland to De Aar in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In August, daytime highs in De Aar are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Kimberley.

Things to do in De Aar

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Richmond, Doornbult Concentration Camp Memorials, Vanderkloof Dam, Colesberg-Kemper Museum
Highlights from your plan
Vanderkloof Dam ©
Vanderkloof Dam
De Aar ©
De Aar

5
nights
Kimberley

Kimberley ©
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kimberley Mine Museum and Magersfontein Battlefield. You'll explore and learn at The Big Hole and William Humphreys Art Gallery. Spend the 22nd (Thu) exploring nature at Mokala National Park. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at McGregor Museum, view the masterpieces at Duggan Cronin Gallery, stroll through Felidae Centre, and don't miss a visit to Kimberley Town Hall.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kimberley holiday maker website .

You can drive from De Aar to Kimberley in 3 hours. While traveling from De Aar, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kimberley, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 4°C. On the 24th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kimberley

Museums Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
The Big Hole ©
The Big Hole
Kimberley Mine Museum ©
Kimberley Mine Museum
McGregor Museum ©
McGregor Museum