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Situated on the banks of the Orange River, Upington is the largest town in Northern Cape province. It is a gateway to Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, in particular the Kalahari Gemsbok section, as well as a base from which to visit Augrabies Falls.
There is a regular overnight train service with TransNamib, the national railway company of Namibia, from Upington to Windhoek in Namibia via Keetmanshoop. The total trip takes about 26 hours. Although the domestic service from Keetmanshoop to Windhoek rides every day except Saturdays, the train between Upington and Keetmanshoop only rides on two days: from Upington on Sundays and Thursdays at 5:00am arriving 11 and a half hours later in Keetmanshoop and from the latter on Wednesdays and Saturdays around 9:00am, taking well over 12 hours to reach Upington.
Sample distances from Upington are:
As with most of South Africa, it is best to get around by hired car. Most car hire companies in South Africa have branches nationwide. Those with branches in Upington include Avis, Hertz, Budget Car & Van Rental, and First Car Rental
The town centre is small enough to negotiate on foot.
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The SAPO (South African Post Office) is the nation's postal service. Post offices are open from 8:30am to 4:30pm from Monday to Friday, and 8:00am to noon on Saturdays. Domestic and international deliveries are reliable but can sometimes take up to several weeks. If you want to send something oversees of any value, try using one of the private mail services, like Postnet.
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