42 days in Northern Cape Itinerary

42 days in Northern Cape Itinerary

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42 days in Northern Cape Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  3 h 45 min
1
Upington
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Augrabies Falls National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
3
Vioolsdrif
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Springbok
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Loeriesfontein
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Nieuwoudtville
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
7
Calvinia
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
8
Sutherland
— 4 nights
Drive:  6 h 15 min
9
Hopetown
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
10
Kimberley
— 6 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. Venture out of the city with trips to Tierberg Nature Reserve (in Keimoes) and Orange River (in Groblershoop). The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Orange River Cellars and get engrossed in the history at Kalahari-Oranje Museum.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Upington road trip planner .

Johannesburg to Upington is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive. In July in Upington, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 4°C at night. On the 24th (Wed), you'll travel to Augrabies Falls National Park.

Things to do in Upington

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Tierberg Nature Reserve, Orange River
Highlights from your plan
Orange River ©
Orange River
Orange River Cellars ©
Orange River Cellars
Kalahari-Oranje Museum ©
Kalahari-Oranje Museum

4
nights
Augrabies Falls National Park

Augrabies Falls National Park ©
Spend the 26th (Fri) exploring nature at Augrabies Falls National Park.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Augrabies Falls National Park itinerary planner .

Drive from Upington to Augrabies Falls National Park in 1.5 hours. On the 28th (Sun), you'll travel to Vioolsdrif.

Things to do in Augrabies Falls National Park

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Riemvasmaak Hot Springs
Highlights from your plan
Augrabies Falls National Park ©
Augrabies Falls National Park
Riemvasmaak Hot Springs ©
Riemvasmaak Hot Springs

4
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 29th (Mon) exploring nature at Richtersveld National Park. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Bushwhacked Outdoor adventures.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Vioolsdrif online vacation maker .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Augrabies Falls National Park to Vioolsdrif. You will leave for Springbok on the 1st (Thu).

Things to do in Vioolsdrif

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

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

4
nights
Springbok

Springbok ©
Springbok is the largest town in the Namaqualand area in the Northern Cape province of South Africa. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Springbok: Port Nolloth Museum (in Port Nolloth), Garies Toeriste Stal Coffee Shop (in Garies) and Kleinzee Museum (in Kleinsee). Spend the 2nd (Fri) exploring nature at Namaqua National Park. It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Goegap Nature Reserve.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Springbok trip itinerary site .

Explore your travel options from Vioolsdrif to Springbok with the Route module. August in Springbok sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Loeriesfontein.

Things to do in Springbok

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kleinzee Museum, Port Nolloth Museum, Namaqua National Park, Garies Toeriste Stal Coffee Shop
Highlights from your plan
Namaqua National Park ©
Namaqua National Park
Goegap Nature Reserve ©
Goegap Nature Reserve
Port Nolloth Museum ©
Port Nolloth Museum

4
nights
Loeriesfontein

Loeriesfontein ©
Loeriesfontein is known for museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Namaqualand and see the interesting displays at Fred Turner Windpump Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Loeriesfontein attractions planning website .

You can drive from Springbok to Loeriesfontein in 4 hours. Traveling from Springbok in August, expect little chillier with lows of 3°C in Loeriesfontein. You will leave for Nieuwoudtville on the 9th (Fri).

Things to do in Loeriesfontein

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Namaqualand
Highlights from your plan
Namaqualand ©
Namaqualand

4
nights
Nieuwoudtville

Nieuwoudtville ©
Nieuwoudtville is known for nature, scenic drive, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Oorlogskloof Nature Reserve, see the interesting displays at Protea Motors, admire the sheer force of Nieuwoudtville Waterfall, and delve into the lush surroundings at Quiver Tree Forest.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Nieuwoudtville driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Loeriesfontein to Nieuwoudtville takes an hour. In August, daily temperatures in Nieuwoudtville can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. You'll set off for Calvinia on the 13th (Tue).

Things to do in Nieuwoudtville

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Oorlogskloof Nature Reserve ©
Oorlogskloof Nature Reserve
Vanrhynspas ©
Vanrhynspas
Quiver Tree Forest ©
Quiver Tree Forest

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. Spend the 14th (Wed) exploring nature at Tankwa Karoo National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Calvinia Museum, stroll through Akkerendam Nature Reserve, and don't miss a visit to Calvinia Post Box.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Calvinia route planner .

Getting from Nieuwoudtville to Calvinia by car takes about an hour. In August, daily temperatures in Calvinia can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. You'll set off for Sutherland on the 17th (Sat).

Things to do in Calvinia

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Tankwa Karoo National Park ©
Tankwa Karoo National Park
Calvinia Museum ©
Calvinia Museum
Akkerendam Nature Reserve ©
Akkerendam Nature Reserve

4
nights
Sutherland

Sutherland ©
Sutherland is a town with about 2,841 inhabitants in the Northern Cape province of South Africa. Sutherland is known for childrens museums and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the sky in a new way at Southern Africa Large Telescope, experience rural life at Blesfontein Farm, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sutherland NG Kerk.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Sutherland route maker app .

You can drive from Calvinia to Sutherland in 2.5 hours. You will leave for Hopetown on the 21st (Wed).

Things to do in Sutherland

Childrens Museums Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Southern Africa Large Telescope ©
Southern Africa Large Telescope
Blesfontein Farm ©
Blesfontein Farm
Sutherland Planetarium ©
Sutherland Planetarium

4
nights
Hopetown

Hopetown ©
Hopetown is a town which lies at the edge of the Great Karoo in South Africa's Northern Cape province. Change things up with these side-trips from Hopetown: Vanderkloof Dam (in Vanderkloof) and De Aar (in De Aar). There's more to do: make a trip to Doornbult Concentration Camp Memorials.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Hopetown trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Sutherland to Hopetown in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. You will leave for Kimberley on the 25th (Sun).

Things to do in Hopetown

Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Vanderkloof Dam, De Aar
Highlights from your plan
Vanderkloof Dam ©
Vanderkloof Dam
De Aar ©
De Aar

6
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.
Go for a jaunt from Kimberley to Heilbron to see Wetevrede Lion Farm about 1h 40 min away. Spend the 27th (Tue) exploring nature at Mokala National Park. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Kimberley Mine Museum, take an in-depth tour of The Big Hole, take in the exciting artwork at Duggan Cronin Gallery, and explore the galleries of William Humphreys Art Gallery.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kimberley online holiday planner .

Drive from Hopetown to Kimberley in 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kimberley

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Wetevrede Lion Farm
Highlights from your plan
Mokala National Park ©
Mokala National Park
Kimberley Mine Museum ©
Kimberley Mine Museum
The Big Hole ©
The Big Hole

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