The town of Upington in the Northern Cape Province is situated on the N14 highway from Johannesburg to the Kalahari and Namaqualand. The town is a green oasis on the banks of the Orange River, and the land on either side of the river both downstream and upstream from Upington for two or three hundred kilometers is green with vineyards and fruit farms, irrigated from the river.
One hundred kilometers to the west of Upington the visitor will find the Augrabies Falls National Park. The Augrabies Falls lie in a 28000-hectare park, home to Eland, Springbok, Klipspringer, Giraffe and Black Rhino. More energetic visitors will enjoy the three-day 40-kilometre Klipspringer Hiking Trail, which traverses all the major landmarks in the southern section of the park, including some amazing rock formations. For the less energetic there are three separate hour-long hikes. Augrabies is a natural wonder that is off the beaten track, but to those that have the time it is well worth the detour.