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Planning a Journey

Distances

Upington is the principal town in the region and serves as a gateway to our many attractions.

  • Upington - Augrabies waterfall NP: 120km
  • Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park: 268km
  • Kanoneiland: 26km - Keimoes: 40km
  • Kakamas: 80km - Pofadder: 206km
  • Kenhardt: 130km - Rietfontein: 219km
  • Kimberley: 412km - Namibia (Nakop): 120km
  • Johannesburg: 875km - Cape Town: 821 km


Banks & Berau de Change


Most banks are open Mon-Fri 09hoo-15h30 and Sat 09hoo-11hoo. Automated teller machines are found only in bigger towns. it is advisable to do all your banking in Upington. Please make sure that you carry South African rands in cash on you, as some shops in the area do not accept credit cards.
Credit Cards - Where applicable, all major credit cards are accepted.

Accommodation

Excellent hotel, guesthouse, bed & breakfast and camping accommodation is on offer. Certain establishments are SAtour graded or approved, an endorsement indicated by a plaque containing most establishments are air-conditioned.

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Fuel/Gas

Though widely available at most towns, we recommend you fill up before traveling long distances. On major routes and in bigger towns, petrol stations are open day and night. Before departure, please check for the availability of unleaded fuel in smaller towns and villages.

Tourist Safety

The northern cape is considered to be the safest destination in South Africa. however, we still advise you to take the same precautions you would in any other city or town. Avoid the display of valuables on your person and in your vehicle.

Transport

Upington has direct air links with Cape Town and Johannesburg. Daily intercity coach services connect Upington with all major centers in South Africa and Namibia. Car hire companies are situated at the airport. No taxi service is available but most hotels, guesthouses and B&B's provide transfers to and from the airport 4x4 vehicles can be hired in Upington.

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Tour Operators

There are numerous reliable local operators in Upington. Their contact detail & are available at the visitor information center. Tel +2754332 6064 Contact details SATOUR. Registered guides for the region can obtain. From SATOUR. +27123470600.

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Malaria

The green Kalahari is malaria-free. However, with the event of very high seasonal rains, it is advisable to take the usual precautions against malaria.

Vehicles

The smallest of vehicles will tour the green Kalahari as long as you steer clear of the dunes! Minibuses and 4x4 vehicles are best for game viewing given their higher ground clearance. Motorcycles are not permitted in national parks.

Clothing

Light cotton clothes, comfortable hiking shoes and a hat are recommended summer attire. Always pack a wind jacket for occasional weather changes. For winter, pack some warm, comfortable clothes for the early morning and night.

Weather

The Northern Cape's weather is typical of most desert and semi desert areas. We live in a large, dry region of fluctuating temperatures and rainfall (50-350mm per annum). Summer (October-March) temperatures vary between 30-40 c. nighttime temperatures in winter (June-July) may well drop below freezing point, but winter days are warm and pleasant.

Humidity is very low and we advise you to keep a stock of lozenges to alleviate the possibility of a dry throat. It is strongly recommended that people with a lighter complexion take along a good sun protection lotion of factor 8 or higher