In August I'm off to work in Kuruman (about 3hrs away from Upington) for the year, and I was wondering if anybody could recommend any places of interest in the area? I think I get the odd week off now and then, so would be somewhat limited as to how far afield I could go...I'm aware of Kgalagadi NP, Namaqualand, and Augrabies falls. Any advice for places which I may have overlooked would be greatly appreciated!
That's a long way from anywhere, but great to be in the middle of nowhere sometimes isn't it?
I remember passing that town during my late 2009 trip to South Africa, but had to look at google maps exactly to see about the distances.
The reason is that I was about to recommend both Pilanesberg NP and Madikwe NP. However, they seem to be located much further away again. Still, Kgalagadi is hours away as well, so with a week it surely would make sense to combine the parks I mentioned.
Although I haven't been there, Kimberley might be an escape if you want to 'big city' feel..
If you have more questions about the parks or Kgalagadi as well (nice one, don't miss it!), please feel free to ask (or send me a PM). Otherwise, you can check my South Africa photos if you like, the first 1.5 weeks are in the region you mentioned.
Cheers and enjoy!