Start your Upington Self Drive 4×4 Holiday

Upington, South Africa is like nothing you have ever seen before. The perfect combination between amazing wildlife and pure peace and quiet.

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Our Recommended Vehicles for Upington

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Toyota Hilux 2.4TD 4×4 Camp

A reliable and capable 4×4 vehicle that offers excellent fuel consumption and good off road performance. Good ride height ideal for game viewing. Equiiped with a roof top tent.

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Toyota Landcruiser 79 S/W 4×4 Camp

The Toyota Landcruiser is a very robust, reliable and exceptionally capable 4WD vehicle. A highly respected safari vehicle in Africa, with no electronics and ideal for remote area travel.

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Nissan Double Cab 4×4 MDE

This is one of Africas most reliable pickup trucks, with the ruggedness to take on any terrain.

Perfect for a self-drive safari. This camping equipped double cab pickup can seat up to 5 adult passengers. Its perfect for exploring the ‘world in one country’ that is South Africa.

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Ford Ranger D/Cab 4×4 Bushcamper

Superbly compact 4×4 camper suitable for up to 4 adults. Fully equipped with camping equipment. This is the vehicle you want on your African 4×4 adventure.

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Upington Travel Advice


Upington is a town in the Northen Cape Province of South Africa situated on the banks of the Orange River, near the Kalahari Desert, Augrabies Falls National Park and the border to Namibia.

Bound by the Kalahari Desert and South Africa’s longest river, Upington is a land of contrasts from semi-desert areas to fertile land along the Orange River.

Upington provides an ideal starting point for self-drive adventures from South Africa to Namibia or the Kalahari Desert. The demands of Namibia and the Kalahari can be quite severe on a 2wd vehicle, renting a 4×4 equips you with a rugged and powerful rental car to handle the toughest of terrain.

Best Time to Visit

Upington has a hot climate and summer rainfall, with the ideal time to visit being winter. South African winter is from June to August.

Where to Go

game viewing in kgalagadiKgalagadi Transfrontier Park

This reserve is situautated in the Kalahari Desert region of Botswana and South Africa. The area is characterized by red dunes and dry rivers. The game that can be viewed here includes wildebeest, springbok and black-maned lions. In and around the reserve are various game lodges and wilderness camps.

Kalahari-Orange Musuem

Discover the rich history of Upington and the Lower Orange River Valley.

Wine Tasting

In a dry area of Northern Cape in South Africa where the land is practically desert you will find the Orange River Wine Route, with the river creating an ecosytem on either side that condusive to growing quality grapes.

Augrabies Falls National Park

The Augrabies Falls National Park is situatued near the Augrabies Falls 120km outside of Upington. It was established in 1966 and stretches along the Orange River, the largest river in South Africa. The Word Augrabies stems from the Khoi term ‘Aukoerebis’, meaning the place of the great noise. The Augrabis Falls are 56m in height.

The wine route in the Northern Cape Stretches almost 300 kilometres from Upington, Keimoes and Kakamas to Groblershoop and Grootdrink. You can explore the wine route in 2 to 3 days and then give yourself enough time for game viewing and a historic tour of the towns in the Northern Cape before moving on to your next destination.

Experience Southern Africa by 4×4

Drive South Africa has equipped adventurers and explorers with 4×4 recreational vehicles since 2002. We provide a comprehensive online 4×4 rental service, ensuring our customers receive the full benefit of our industry experience and first hand off-road knowledge. Drive South Africa customers are supported by a skilled team of consultants trained to answer your questions and advise on Africa 4wd rental.

Our network of trusted and established Upington 4×4 rental affiliates offer a broad range of low mileage, latest model rental vehicles for your African holiday. Drive South Africa makes booking your 4wd quick, secure and hassle free and provides online quotes and vehicle comparison so you can find affordale 4x4s for hire. Our online car comparison feature offers a simple means of comparing online car hire, requiring no obligation from you.

Access to Southern Africa

Through our 4 x 4 car rental affiliate companies we provide multiple collection and drop-off locations throughout South Africa, Botswana and Namibia. Drive South Africa offers a 4×4 delivery service for its customers and one-way car rental trips. Please consult a member of the client service team for details regarding delivery charges and one-way fees on 4wd hire.

Drive South Africa has three prominent hubs for Southern Africa 4×4 hire:

4×4 rental cars from Drive South Africa can be driven into Southern and East Africa countries, though additional documentation may be necessary for some countries. Our consultants can advise you what is required for each country you intend to visit on your vacation.

Eqquipped 4×4 Hire in Upington

Upington’s surroundings inspire adventure and instill a need to explore in almost everyone who frequents the area. Blessed with vast expanses in every direction and boarding so many regions teeming with wildlife and interesting landscapes, hiring a 4×4 vehicle in Upington makes every direction a possibility.

Drive South Africa has a wide range of vehicles that fully are equipped, supplying a comprehensive inventory of basic camping, 4wd tools and safari gear for 4×4 off-road adventure and wildlife safaris in remote areas.

We offer several insurance packages for your Upington 4×4 rental car, which extend to your fully equipped vehicle should you request one. Customers can choose from our four standard insurance packages:

  • Standard Cover Insurance
  • Medium Cover Insurance
  • Super Cover Insurance
  • Zero Insurance Excess