The Orange River

Travel to Upington – Nature and Culture Combined

Bound by the Orange River and the Kalahari, Upington is the principal city in the Northern Region and an ideal winter holiday resort with all the modern conveniences that you may require. Also it is conveniently situated on the major routes to Namibia and Kalahari, Augrabies, Fish River Canyon, and Northern Cape. The city reaches an elevation of 835 metres and is the closest large centre to the Augrabies Falls, arguably the greatest of South African waterfalls. The landscape is very arid but the soil is fertile and crops such as fruit are grown in irrigated fields. The area is best known for its export-quality grapes, raisins and wines, which are cultivated on the rich flood plains of the Orange river.

Situated on the banks of the Orange River, Upington was founded in 1884 and named after Sir Thomas Upington, Attorney-General of the Cape. The town originated as a mission station established in 1875 and was run by Reverend Schröder.

The major landmark in Upington is the Kalahari Orange Museum. The town is also strategically situated for visits to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park and the Augrabies Falls National Park. Closer to home you can also find the Spitskop Nature Reserve which provides sanctuary to herds of Gemsbok, Zebra, Springbok, Ostriche, Eland, Camel and Wildebeest to name a few.

Spitskop Nature Reserve is a perfect place for a day’s outing. Here you can enjoy a picnic, join a tour for an exhilirating game drive or perhaps get close to nature by doing the hiking trails in the reserve. Also in the city it is possible to visit the Oranje River Wine Cellars Co-Operation where you can participate in a wine tasting tour

There are many cafes, shopping malls and stores to relax in and while away a few hours, however, for something a little more unique why not visit the floating bar on the Orange River.

  • See beautifully landscaped gardens, rosebeds and trees amidst an atmosphere of peace and tranquility.
  • Hike in the nearby nature reserves.
  • Explore the town’s museums and monuments.


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