GENERAL INFORMATION TO TOURISTS VISITING UPINGTON
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The economy of Upington relies heavy on tourism with Upington as the gateway to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Augrabies National Park, the flowers of Namaqualand and the Richtersveld. Various local artists operate in Upington to add value to the visit of tourists.
Entrepreneurial skills development project from Paballelo Township Upington, Northern Cape, South Africa.
NOMATÉMA Hand Crafted Cards
NOMATÉMA originated from the realization that creativity does not only enrich the creator, but also touch the lives of other people - when joy is shared, it multiplies.
Kock Odendaal Sculptor
This exceptional artist, Kock Odendaal was born in the Orange Free State, in Bloemfontein, South Africa where he spent most of his youth. He received his schooling in Bloemfontein and made his first sculpture at the age of fifteen.
Carina Schneider Painter
Carina Schneider was born in the Northern Cape & completed her Secondary Education in the Upington-Region. After completing her studies at the University of Stellenbosch, where she acquired a Bachelors of Art Degree in Dramatic Art she started her career as teacher.
There is a wide range of shops in Upington, where one is able to purchase all requirements. Gas stations are open 24/7. Major shops include, Pick n Pay, Shoprite, Checkers, Clicks, Total Sports, Sportscene, Edgars, Foschini, Woolworths and many more.
Extreme temperatures sometimes are reached, with summers often exceeding 35 degrees Celsius and in winter the temperatures dip very much lower at night. Frosting at night is not unusual. The best time of the year in this region is spring, with the month of August being very windy. Thunderstorms occur during summer, but most of the area is dry.
The main roads are in a relatively good condition, linking Upington to all major South African cities. Direct flights operate between Upington, Cape Town and Johannesburg. The airport has the longest tarred runway in the southern hemisphere measuring 4 900 m. There are three other runways with 6 landing directions. The Airport is currently being upgraded at a cost of R24million to convert it into a modern two-storey facility with international status.
Making it very convenient for visitors, most of the banks are able to assist with foreign exchange and travelers cheques. Apart from the four major bank groups - Standard Bank, First National, ABSA and Nedbank - a few smaller bank are operating in Upington. Autobank facilities are conveniently located.
Upington is one of the safest towns in South Africa, but tourists should always exercise great care when travelling in South Africa, irrespective of the region.