The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Upington

Afrikaans name: Upington

Upington CBD

Upington CBD

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Northern Cape

Upington is a large town situated on the banks of the Orange River in the Northern Cape.

The town was founded in 1884 and was originally called Olyfenhoudtsdrif. It was named Upington after Sir Upington who was Prime Minister of the Cape between 1884 and 1886.

The surrounding countryside is arid but the land along the Orange River is very fertile and a lot of fruit is grown here.

Upington weather

UPINGTON WEATHER

Upington is the nearest major town to the Augrabies Falls and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

Dutch Reformed Church

Above - Dutch Reformed Church (1911)

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Camel statue

Above - Tribute to the mounted members of the South African Police and their camels

Photo © Johan van Zyl

View from Die Eiland

Above - View of Upington from "Die Eiland" camping grounds

Photo © Johan van Zyl

References and further reading

Top Birding Spots in Southern Africa - Author: Hugh Chittenden - Published: 1992 - Page: 202

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1991 - Page: 292

Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Published: 1986 - Page: 185

The Pictorial Motoring Atlas of South Africa - Author: Maxwell Leigh - Published: 1987 - Page: 52

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1991 - Page: 280

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 1995 - Page: 332

go! - Issue 123 - Author: - Published: 2016 - Page: 128

go! - Issue 134 - Author: - Published: 2017 - Page: 96

go! - Issue 089 - Author: - Published: 2013 - Page: 97

Essential Birding: Western South Africa - Author: Callan Cohen and Claire Spottiswoode - Published: 2000 - Page: 111

Country Life - Issue 187 - Author: - Published: 2012 - Page: 28

Book of the Road - 4th edition - Author: MapStudio - Published: 2019 - Page: 151

Conollys Guide to Southern Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Denis Conolly - Published: 1982 - Page: 347


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