15 days in Northern Cape Itinerary

15 days in Northern Cape Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Northern Cape Trip Planner
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Kimberley
— 3 nights
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Tankwa Karoo National Park
— 2 nights
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Calvinia
— 3 nights
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Springbok
— 4 nights
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Upington
— 2 nights
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Kimberley — 3 nights

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Magersfontein Battlefield and Felidae Centre. There's still lots to do: explore the galleries of William Humphreys Art Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rooipoort Nature Reserve, take an in-depth tour of The Big Hole, and see the interesting displays at Wildebeest Kuil Rock Art Centre.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kimberley trip planner.

Johannesburg to Kimberley is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Johannesburg in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Kimberley, with lows around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Tankwa Karoo National Park.
Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Casinos
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Tankwa Karoo National Park — 2 nights

Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Tankwa Karoo National Park.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tankwa Karoo National Park holiday builder tool.

Drive from Kimberley to Tankwa Karoo National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Kimberley in October; daily highs in Tankwa Karoo National Park reach 31°C and lows reach 9°C. On the 5th (Thu), you'll travel to Calvinia.
Nature · Parks
Side Trip
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Calvinia — 3 nights

Calvinia is a regional town in the Northern Cape province of South Africa named after the French religious reformer Jean Calvin. Explore hidden gems such as Calvinia Museum and Protea Motors. Get in touch with nature at Vanrhynspas and Glacial Pavement. Go for a jaunt from Calvinia to Nieuwoudtville to see Hantam National Botanical Garden about 1h 5 min away.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Calvinia itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tankwa Karoo National Park to Calvinia takes 2 hours. October in Calvinia sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 9°C at night. On the 8th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Springbok.
Parks · Museums · Nature · Outdoors
Side Trip
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Springbok — 4 nights

Springbok is the largest town in the Namaqualand area in the Northern Cape province of South Africa. Get in touch with nature at Goegap Nature Reserve and Bushwhacked Outdoor adventures. Spend the 10th (Tue) exploring nature at Namaqua National Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Springbok trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Calvinia to Springbok in 4 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Calvinia in October since evenings lows in Springbok dip to 14°C. You will leave for Upington on the 12th (Thu).
Parks · Nature · Tours · Adventure
Side Trips
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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 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at Orange River Cellars, join in the after-dark buzz at Bezalel Wine & Brandy Estate, and then stroll through Tierberg Nature Reserve.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Upington day trip planning site.

You can drive from Springbok to Upington in 4 hours. While traveling from Springbok, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Upington, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.
Wineries · Nightlife · Wildlife · Parks
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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.