22 days in Northern Cape Itinerary

22 days in Northern Cape Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Northern Cape trip itinerary planner

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Sutherland
— 3 nights
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Calvinia
— 5 nights
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Port Nolloth
— 4 nights
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Augrabies Falls National Park
— 1 night
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Upington
— 2 nights
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Hopetown
— 1 night
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Kimberley
— 5 nights
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Sutherland

— 3 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, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sutherland NG Kerk, and experience rural life at Blesfontein Farm.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Sutherland travel planner.

Cape Town to Sutherland is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You'll set off for Calvinia on the 7th (Tue).

Things to do in Sutherland

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 7:

Calvinia

— 5 nights
Calvinia is a regional town in the Northern Cape province of South Africa named after the French religious reformer Jean Calvin. Get out of town with these interesting Calvinia side-trips: Fred Turner Windpump Museum (in Loeriesfontein) and Nieuwoudtville (Glacial Pavement, Nieuwoudtville Waterfall, &more). Spend the 9th (Thu) exploring nature at Tankwa Karoo National Park. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Calvinia Museum and make a trip to Calvinia Post Box.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Calvinia journey maker.

Traveling by car from Sutherland to Calvinia takes 2.5 hours. December in Calvinia sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Port Nolloth.

Things to do in Calvinia

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 7 — 12:

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. Change things up with these side-trips from Port Nolloth: Bushwhacked Outdoor adventures (in Vioolsdrif), Kleinzee Museum (in Kleinsee) and Goegap Nature Reserve (in Springbok). Spend the 13th (Mon) exploring nature at Richtersveld National Park. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Port Nolloth Museum.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Port Nolloth trip planner.

You can drive from Calvinia to Port Nolloth in 5.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Augrabies Falls National Park.

Things to do in Port Nolloth

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 12 — 16:

Augrabies Falls National Park

— 1 night
On the 17th (Fri), explore the striking landscape of Augrabies Falls National Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Augrabies Falls National Park route app.

You can drive from Port Nolloth to Augrabies Falls National Park in 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Upington.

Things to do in Augrabies Falls National Park

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 17:
Highlights from your trip

Upington

— 2 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. On the 18th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Kalahari-Oranje Museum and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tierberg Nature Reserve. On your second day here, relax and rejuvenate at Beauty & Body, learn about winemaking at Orange River Cellars, and then get a dose of the wild on Kalahari Safaris Day Tours.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Upington visit planner.

You can drive from Augrabies Falls National Park to Upington in 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Upington can reach 43°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hopetown.

Things to do in Upington

Wildlife · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 17 — 19:

Hopetown

— 1 night
Hopetown is a town which lies at the edge of the Great Karoo in South Africa's Northern Cape province. On the 20th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Doornbult Concentration Camp Memorials.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Hopetown trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Upington to Hopetown in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Kimberley.
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 20:

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.
Spend the 25th (Sat) exploring nature at Mokala National Park. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of The Big Hole, explore the galleries of Duggan Cronin Gallery, admire the striking features of Kimberley Town Hall, and examine the collection at Wildebeest Kuil Rock Art Centre.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kimberley online holiday maker.

Traveling by car from Hopetown to Kimberley takes 1.5 hours. December in Kimberley sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Kimberley

Museums · Nature · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 25:

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.