Weather in Northern Cape
Summer (November – March) Temperatures can soar to 50C but overnight fall close to 20C. It is very dry most of the time in this region so rain is unlikely at this time.
Autumn (April/May) Daytime temperatures around 18C and overnight -2C is common. Rain is unlikely.
Winter ( June – August) Daytime temperatures can average 14C and overnight fall to -3C. Around Springbok and the coast, day temperatures can be low teens and rain and fog can occur.
Spring (September/October) Daytime temperatures can rise to 30C but fall to 4C overnight. Rain is unlikely.
Facts about the Northern Cape
This dry region has interesting vegetation including the Kokerboom (Quiver Tree) and a profusion of flowers in the Namakwaland area during July and August.
A trip to the Northern Cape can easily be combined with the Cape Town area on a two week stay.
The best time to visit is between May and October when you will experience hot, sunny days and cold nights. Places to visit include:
- Towns Upington is the main town situated on the Orange River with the second longest airport runway in the world!
- Springbok is the old centre of copper mining but is now a tourist town that comes alive in the flower season.
- Mountains and Animals The Kagalagardi Transfrontier National Park has some of the best game viewing in South Africa while the Richtersveldt north of Springbok has wild mountain scenery and unusual vegetation.
- Diamonds There are interesting tours along the Atlantic coast provided by De Beers.
Accommodation in Northern Cape
Flying into the main town Upington the area has typically South African accommodation that ranges from luxury retreats to affordable bed and breakfast lodges.