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Upington is the biggest city in South Africa's Northern Cape Province and a good starting point to the famous Augrabies Falls. The town is situated on the banks of the Orange River.

Get in[edit]


Upington Airport boasts the longest runway on the African continent at 4900 meters.

By plane[edit]

Upington Airport ((IATA: UTN)) is situated near the city and offers flights to some major towns in South Africa.

By car[edit]

Take the N7 from Cape Town and join the N14 at Springbok to go to Upington. When coming from the Eastern Cape, take the N10 starting near Port Elizabeth. Travellers from the East of South Africa can go via the N14 from Johannesburg and the Gauteng province. When coming from Bloemfontein or Kimberley use the N12 and N1 westwards, until it crosses the N10.

Drivers from Namibia can follow a highway starting near the Fish River Canyon Park.

By train[edit]

There are no longer any scheduled passenger trains to or from Upington. Until recently there was a regular overnight train from Windhoek and Keetmanshoop in Namibia to Upington (operated by TransNamib [dead link], the national railway company of Namibia), but this service has been cancelled.

The train station is at the end of Morant Street, north of the cemetery.

Get around[edit]

As with most of South Africa it is best get about by hired car.


The city itself is not very spectacular, but a typical medium sized country town.

  • Camel and Rider statueSchreuder Street, in front of the police station. A statue in recognition of the way law enforcement in this vast dry area was done in the past; by camel mounted police.
  • Donkey statueSchreuder Street. Donkeys were often employed to pump water in this dry place. Donkeys were so important in this area that they were awarded a statue in recognition for all the work they did. Even today you will see many people still using donkey carts as their primary transportation.
  • Kalahari Orange Museum +27 54 332-6064. Open 9AM to 12:30PM and 2PM to 5PM, Monday to Friday. 9AM to 12PM on Saturdays. Information and exhibitions detailing the history of the area.
  • Date palm avenue -- At the entrance to Die Eiland has more than 200 palm trees lining it's 1km length
  • The Hortentia Windmill
  • Dutch reformed church
  • Grave of Scotty Smith


  • [dead link]Oranje River Wine Cellars Co-Operation +27 54 337-8800, e-mail: . The biggest cooperative in South Africa and the second biggest in the world. Wine tasting can be arranged for you, however most of the grapes are not used for wine production, but exported to Europe to be used as grapes and raisins
  • Spitskop nature reserve (J13km north of the town on the R360),  +27 54 332-1336. Around 40km of drivable gravel roads, 3 hiking trails a telescope on a hill for distant game viewing. Many mammals, no carnivores.
  • Hunting
  • Kalahari kuierfees
  • [dead link]Upington Directory81 Wildebeest. Find any Business in Upington
  • 1 Ultra Gas & Barbecue (Ultragas), 65 Schroder street Upington +27 54 331 0105, e-mail: . 8AM to 5PM. Upington and its surrounding areas are known for their avid carp and cat fishing. For the right gear and bait you need to visit this store. They also provide great advice and if you are lucky they might give you the hot current fishing spot locations. R ZAR.


It offers a number of shopping malls and stores.


  • Arabesque Coffee Shop +27 54 331-3412fax: +27 )54 331-3412, e-mail: . Come and enjoy a cup of coffee. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Please book for groups.


  • Sakkie se Arkie. The name literally translates to Sakkie's little ark (as in Noahs' Ark). A floating bar on the Orange River.


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