Upington is situated quite intimately on the banks of the Orange River and its adjacent areas (which is one of the oldest and largest rivers in South Africa). The town of Upington stretches out over an area of 471 769 hectares.
Rich in culture and history, Upington can trace its roots back to 1870, when a chieftain from the Hottentot clan, realizing the value of reading and writing, wanted his people to acquire these skills. His appeal to have a mission station erected at Olyfenhoutsdrift was granted, and it was the Reverend ChristiaanSchröder who was sent to initiate these changes.
Upington is linked to all major South African cities by air, rail and road. The airport has the longest tarred runway in the southern hemisphere measuring 4 900 m; there are three other runways with 6 landing directions. Making it very convenient for visitors, most of the banks are also able to assist with foreign exchange and travelers cheques.
Tourist attractions are the spectacular, to name only a few; the Date Palm Avenue, two rows of more than 200 palm trees, 4x4 adventures, wild animal watching at Spitskop Nature Reserve and wine tastings at the largest wine producing area in the country, Orange River Cellars, comprising of 6 cellars in the area. Producing exceptional wines, seeing travelers amazed by the dramatic contrast between the arid desert and the lush vineyards growing on the banks of the Orange River.
In the summertime, you must catch a ride on Sakkie se Arkie, a houseboat, taking you on a sundowner cruise on the river, this will definitely make you stop and enjoy the peaceful Upington and everything it has to offer. You must also visit the Augrabies Falls national park located around the Augrabies Falls, about 120 km west of Upington. It was established in 1966.
The Augrabies Falls National Park covers an area of 820 km² and stretches along the Orange River. The waterfall is about 60 metres high and is awe-inspiring when the river is in flood. The gorge below the falls averages about 240 m deep and runs for 18 kilometres.
For the wildlive lovers you cannot miss the KgalagadiTransfrontier Park a large wildlife
preserve and conservation
.The total area of the park is 38,000 square kilometres (15,000 sq mi).The park has abundant, varied wildlife. Within the park there are three traditional tourist lodges, called "rest camps". These are fully serviced lodges and include amenities such as air conditioning
, shops and swimming pools
. There are also six wilderness camps in the park. The wilderness camps provide little more than shelter and wash water; visitors must supply their own food, drinking water and firewood.
Summer temperatures vary between 30°C and 40°C. Winter temperatures during the day usually reach around 25°C, while the night temperatures, although averaging between 4°C and 10°C can drop to 0°C or just below. The climate is generally dry; however, in summer, due to the town being situated on the banks of the Orange River, varying levels of humidity have been recorded.