Upington is unofficially the capital of and also the gateway to the Kalahari Desert, and its main attraction, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, previously known as the Kalahari Gemsbok Park.
Upington was named after Sir Thomas Upington in 1870.
The Date Palm Avenue on "Die Eiland" is the longest and densest palm avenue on the Southern Hemisphere. More than 200 date palms were planted here in 1935. The avenue is 1,041km in length and has been declared a national monument.
The longest aircraft runway in Africa can also be found in Upington. The runway is 4.9km long.
The Orange River Wine Cellars (OWC) is the 2nd largest in the world.