Welcome to Upington


is situated on the banks of the Mighty Orange River, which is one of the largest rivers in South Africa. The town is rich in culture and history. It was established in 1870, and since 1880 the town has expanded rapidly and is now the commercial, agricultural and educational centre of the Gordonia district. Upington is best known for its export-quality grapes, raisins and wines, which are cultivated on the rich flood plains of the Orange river.

Upington Eiland Holiday Resort
Upington Kalahari Oranje Museum
Upington Mighty Orange River
Upington Sakkie se Arkie

The economy relies heavy on tourism and Upington is the gateway to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Augrabies National Park, the flowers of Namaqualand and the Richtersveld. Agriculture forms a very important part of the local economy and significant volumes of produce are exported to Europe. Many companies have also established their head offices in Upington.

There is a wide range of businesses in Upington, where one is able to purchase most – if not all – of ones requirements.

Upington Airport
Grietjie - A retired steam lomotive at the Upington railway station
Upington Desert Palace Casino
Upington Orange River Cellars

All of the main roads and streets are tarred and 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.

Upington also has complete medical and healthcare services provided by two hospitals and a number of clinics.

Excellent educational facilities are available with the Northern Cape Technicon being situated here, as well as various secondary, primary and preparatory schools.

The suburbs are incredibly picturesque with an array of tastes and styles in gardening and homes to be found.

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