50 days in Northern Cape Itinerary

50 days in Northern Cape Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Northern Cape travel planner

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Drive to OR Tambo International Airport, Fly to Kuruman
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Kuruman
— 4 nights
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Groblershoop
— 4 nights
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Upington
— 4 nights
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Augrabies Falls National Park
— 4 nights
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Springbok
— 3 nights
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Vioolsdrif
— 4 nights
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Kleinsee
— 3 nights
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Loeriesfontein
— 4 nights
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Calvinia
— 4 nights
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Sutherland
— 5 nights
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Hopetown
— 4 nights
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Kimberley
— 6 nights
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Kuruman

— 4 nights
Kuruman is a town with 13,057 inhabitants in the Northern Cape province of South Africa. Kuruman is known for nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of The Eye of Kuruman, explore the fascinating underground world of Wonderwerk Cave, and make a trip to Moffat Mission Station.

Before you visit Kuruman, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Vaalwater to Kuruman is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. You'll set off for Groblershoop on the 2nd (Thu).

Things to do in Kuruman

Nature · Parks

Groblershoop

— 4 nights
Groblershoop is known for nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Orange River.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Groblershoop trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Kuruman to Groblershoop takes 3 hours. In September in Groblershoop, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 10°C at night. On the 6th (Mon), you'll travel to Upington.

Things to do in Groblershoop

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Upington

— 4 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. Step out of Upington to go to Keimoes and see Tierberg Nature Reserve, which is approximately 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at Kalahari Safaris Day Tours, do a tasting at Orange River Cellars, get engrossed in the history at Kalahari-Oranje Museum, and relax and rejuvenate at Beauty & Body.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Upington online journey maker.

Traveling by car from Groblershoop to Upington takes 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Upington can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. On the 10th (Fri), you'll travel to Augrabies Falls National Park.

Things to do in Upington

Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

Augrabies Falls National Park

— 4 nights
Step out of Augrabies Falls National Park with an excursion to Riemvasmaak Hot Springs in Riemvasmaak--about 58 minutes away. Spend the 11th (Sat) exploring nature at Augrabies Falls National Park.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Augrabies Falls National Park trip builder site.

You can drive from Upington to Augrabies Falls National Park in 1.5 hours. You'll set off for Springbok on the 14th (Tue).

Things to do in Augrabies Falls National Park

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Springbok

— 3 nights
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 20 min away. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Goegap Nature Reserve.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Springbok trip planning app.

Getting from Augrabies Falls National Park to Springbok by car takes about 3 hours. In September in Springbok, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. You will leave for Vioolsdrif on the 17th (Fri).

Things to do in Springbok

Shopping · Parks · Wildlife

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 18th (Sat) exploring nature at Richtersveld National Park. There's more to do: head outdoors with Bushwhacked Outdoor adventures.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Vioolsdrif planner.

Explore your travel options from Springbok to Vioolsdrif with the Route module. On the 21st (Tue), you'll travel to Kleinsee.

Things to do in Vioolsdrif

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Kleinsee

— 3 nights
Step out of Kleinsee with an excursion to Port Nolloth Museum in Port Nolloth--about 1 hour away. Spend the 22nd (Wed) exploring nature at Namaqua National Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kleinsee tour itinerary builder tool.

Explore your travel options from Vioolsdrif to Kleinsee with the Route module. In September, daily temperatures in Kleinsee can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Loeriesfontein.

Things to do in Kleinsee

Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Loeriesfontein

— 4 nights
Venture out of the city with trips to Nieuwoudtville (Vanrhynspas, Nieuwoudtville Waterfall, &more).

To find where to stay and tourist information, go to the Loeriesfontein tour planning tool.

Traveling by car from Kleinsee to Loeriesfontein takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Kleinsee in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Loeriesfontein, with lows of 5°C. You will leave for Calvinia on the 28th (Tue).

Things to do in Loeriesfontein

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Calvinia

— 4 nights
Calvinia is a regional town in the Northern Cape province of South Africa named after the French religious reformer Jean Calvin. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Calvinia: Nieuwoudtville (Glacial Pavement, Hantam National Botanical Garden, &more). Spend the 29th (Wed) exploring nature at Tankwa Karoo National Park. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Calvinia Museum, make a trip to Calvinia Post Box, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Akkerendam Nature Reserve.

To see photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Calvinia driving holiday planning app.

Getting from Loeriesfontein to Calvinia by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in September, and nighttime lows around 5°C. On the 2nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sutherland.

Things to do in Calvinia

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Sutherland

— 5 nights
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 trip 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 take in the spiritual surroundings of Sutherland NG Kerk.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Sutherland trip planner.

You can drive from Calvinia to Sutherland in 2.5 hours. On the 7th (Thu), you'll travel to Hopetown.

Things to do in Sutherland

Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Museums

Hopetown

— 4 nights
Hopetown is a town which lies at the edge of the Great Karoo in South Africa's Northern Cape province. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hopetown: De Aar (in De Aar) and Vanderkloof Dam (in Vanderkloof). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Doornbult Concentration Camp Memorials.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Hopetown online visit planner.

Drive from Sutherland to Hopetown in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. You'll set off for Kimberley on the 11th (Mon).

Things to do in Hopetown

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

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.
Spend the 12th (Tue) exploring nature at Mokala National Park. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Kimberley Mine Museum, explore the galleries of Duggan Cronin Gallery, try to win big at Flamingo Casino, and witness the site of a historic battle at Magersfontein Battlefield.

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

Traveling by car from Hopetown to Kimberley takes 1.5 hours. In October in Kimberley, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kimberley

Museums · Parks · Nature · Shopping

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.