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Upington

This small town in the heart of the Northern Cape is not the most glamorous urban destination, but it is the gateway to the Kalahari. From here it's not far to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park and the Augrabies National Park with its spectacular waterfall and fun river rafting. Upington is situated on the Gariep (Orange) River and is the centre of the date growing industry; the longest avenue of date palms in the world is here - on an island in the river. The river supplies irrigation water, which sustains enormous bright green vineyards on the edge of the desert, which gives the Orange River Wine Route its unique character. Upington has a small airport with scheduled flights to Cape Town and Johannesburg. It is quite remote, about 800km from Cape Town via the N7 and N14, and 400km from Kimberley via the N8 and N10.



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