41 days in Northern Cape Itinerary

41 days in Northern Cape Itinerary

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Sutherland
— 2 nights
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Williston
— 4 nights
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Calvinia
— 4 nights
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Loeriesfontein
— 4 nights
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Garies
— 4 nights
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Port Nolloth
— 4 nights
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Vioolsdrif
— 4 nights
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Riemvasmaak
— 4 nights
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Groblershoop
— 4 nights
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Kimberley
— 6 nights
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Sutherland

— 2 nights
Sutherland is a town with about 2,841 inhabitants in the Northern Cape province of South Africa. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sutherland NG Kerk and Blesfontein Farm. Museum-lovers will get to explore Sutherland Planetarium and Southern Africa Large Telescope.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Sutherland road trip planning site.

Cape Town to Sutherland is an approximately 4-hour car ride. On the 9th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Williston.

Things to do in Sutherland

Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Museums

Williston

— 4 nights
Williston is a town in Northern Cape, South Africa. Williston is known for shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: browse the different shops at Williston Mall.

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Williston trip planner.

You can drive from Sutherland to Williston in 2 hours. On the 13th (Tue), you'll travel to Calvinia.

Things to do in Williston

Shopping
Highlights from your trip

Calvinia

— 4 nights
Calvinia is a regional town in the Northern Cape province of South Africa named after the French religious reformer Jean Calvin. Let the collections at Calvinia Museum and Protea Motors capture your imagination. Step off the beaten path and head to Calvinia Post Box and Glacial Pavement. Step out of Calvinia to go to Nieuwoudtville and see Hantam National Botanical Garden, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. Spend the 14th (Wed) exploring nature at Tankwa Karoo National Park. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Akkerendam Nature Reserve.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Calvinia online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Williston to Calvinia takes 1.5 hours. In April in Calvinia, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Loeriesfontein.

Things to do in Calvinia

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Loeriesfontein

— 4 nights
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fred Turner Windpump Museum and Quiver Tree Forest. Get out of town with these interesting Loeriesfontein side-trips: Nieuwoudtville (Nieuwoudtville Waterfall & Vanrhynspas).

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Loeriesfontein travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Calvinia to Loeriesfontein takes 1.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 11°C. You will leave for Garies on the 21st (Wed).

Things to do in Loeriesfontein

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Garies

— 4 nights
Garies is a small agricultural centre situated in South Africa's Northern Cape province about 110 km south of Springbok, the chief town of the Namaqualand district. Spend the 22nd (Thu) exploring nature at Namaqua National Park. There's still lots to do: stop by Garies Toeriste Stal Coffee Shop.

For ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Garies trip planner.

You can drive from Loeriesfontein to Garies in 2.5 hours. On the 25th (Sun), you'll travel to Port Nolloth.

Things to do in Garies

Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

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. Step off the beaten path and head to Port Nolloth Museum and Kleinzee Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Port Nolloth trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Garies to Port Nolloth in 3 hours. On the 29th (Thu), you're off to Vioolsdrif.

Things to do in Port Nolloth

Museums

Side Trip

Vioolsdrif

— 4 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 (Fri) exploring nature at Richtersveld National Park. There's more to do: head outdoors with Bushwhacked Outdoor adventures.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Vioolsdrif sightseeing tool.

Explore your travel options from Port Nolloth to Vioolsdrif with the Route module. You'll set off for Riemvasmaak on the 3rd (Mon).

Things to do in Vioolsdrif

Nature · Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Riemvasmaak

— 4 nights
Riemvasmaak is known for nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Riemvasmaak Hot Springs.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Riemvasmaak road trip site.

Explore your travel options from Vioolsdrif to Riemvasmaak with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. You'll set off for Groblershoop on the 7th (Fri).

Things to do in Riemvasmaak

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Groblershoop

— 4 nights
Groblershoop is known for nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Orange River.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Groblershoop road trip planning app.

Drive from Riemvasmaak to Groblershoop in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. On the 11th (Tue), you'll travel to Kimberley.

Things to do in Groblershoop

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Kimberley

— 6 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 explore the less-touristy side of things at William Humphreys Art Gallery and Kimberley Transport Museum. You'll explore and learn at Wildebeest Kuil Rock Art Centre and Kalahari-Oranje Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Doornbult Concentration Camp Memorials in Hopetown (about 2 hours away). There's lots more to do: try your luck at Flamingo Casino, take an in-depth tour of The Big Hole, appreciate the history behind The Honoured Dead Memorial, and examine the collection at McGregor Museum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kimberley online trip planner.

Getting from Groblershoop to Kimberley by car takes about 3 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Groblershoop in May, with highs in Kimberley at 28°C and lows at 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Kimberley

Museums · Shopping · Wildlife · Parks

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.