20 days in South Africa & Kgalagadi District Itinerary

20 days in South Africa & Kgalagadi District Itinerary

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Cape Town, South Africa
— 3 nights
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Franschhoek, South Africa
— 4 nights
Drive
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Stellenbosch, South Africa
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tshabong, Botswana
— 1 night
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Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 3 nights
Drive to Hendrik Van Eck Airport, Fly to Amsterdam

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Cape Town, South Africa — 3 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Platteklip Gorge and First South African Perfume Museum. Go for a jaunt from Cape Town to Durbanville Hills to see Durbanville Rose Garden about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at The Springbok Experience Rugby Museum, take in the dramatic natural features at Twelve Apostles, take a memorable drive along Chapman's Peak Drive, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bloubergstrand Beach.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Cape Town online trip maker.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Cape Town is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Cape Town is 1 hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Franschhoek.
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Franschhoek, South Africa — 4 nights

Food and Wine Capital of South Africa

Situated in a fertile valley between two mountains, the picturesque village of Franschhoek bills itself as a culinary heaven, with renowned wine estates dotting its surroundings.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve and Franschhoek Pass. Get out of town with these interesting Franschhoek side-trips: Marbrin Olive Growers (in Robertson), Old Town Tulbagh (in Tulbagh) and Kloovenburg Wine and Olive Estate (in Riebeek Kasteel). Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at Lynx Wine, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and get behind the scenes at Babylonstoren.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Franschhoek trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Franschhoek takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In September, daily temperatures in Franschhoek can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Stellenbosch.
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Stellenbosch, South Africa — 4 nights

City of Oaks

Straddling the banks of the Eerste River, the university town of Stellenbosch enjoys international fame for its renowned wine estates and gourmet restaurants.
Explore hidden gems such as Hermanus Cliff Path and Holy Trinity Church. Venture out of the city with trips to Peregrine Farm Stall (in Grabouw), Honingklip Brewery & Restaurant (in Botrivier) and Stony Point Penguin Colony (in Betty's Bay). Dedicate the 16th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's more to do: kick back and relax at Grotto Beach and engage your brain at Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Stellenbosch itinerary planner.

Stellenbosch is just a stone's throw from Franschhoek. September in Stellenbosch sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Tshabong.
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Tshabong, Botswana — 1 night

On your second day here, explore the fascinating landscape at Kalahari Desert.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Tshabong day trip planner.

You can drive from Stellenbosch to Tshabong in 13 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kruger National Park.
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Kruger National Park, South Africa — 3 nights

One of Africa's largest game sanctuaries and part of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Program, Kruger National Park provides an immersive experience of wildlife.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre and Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kruger National Park: Hoedspruit (Kumbaya Home Decor & Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre) and Amarula Lapa (in Phalaborwa). There's more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Three Roundavels.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kruger National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tshabong to Kruger National Park in 14 hours. In September, daytime highs in Kruger National Park are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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South Africa travel guide

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Nature & Parks · Wineries & Vineyards · Mountains
Rainbow Nation
The landscapes of South Africa match its people in terms of diversity, richness, and vitality. From desert lands and coastlines, to the famous nature reserves sheltering the "Big Five" game animals, the country has natural charm in spades. The main cities provide a wealth of bars, clubs, shopping districts, and entertainment options to please the most demanding visitors, while traditional life can still be admired and respected in a collection of villages with beehive-style huts and an age-old cultural heritage. When in need of a minute to digest all that's happened during your trip to South Africa, sit down to a braai (traditional barbecue), and a bottle of wine made at one of the country's thriving vineyards.
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Kgalagadi District travel guide

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Deserts
Kgalagadi is a district in southwest Botswana, lying along the country's border with Namibia and South Africa. The administrative center is Tsabong. The district of Kgalagadi covers a large part of the Kalahari Desert. It has a total area of 105,200 km² and has a population of 42,000 (2001). More than one-third of the district is covered by the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, which extends into South Africa, and which is a major tourist attraction.As of 2011, the total population of the district was 50,492 (compared to 42,049 in 2001). The growth rate of population during the decade was 1.85. Kgalagadi's population represents 2.49 per cent of the total population of Botswana. The majority of employees (in 2011 there were 10,530 people in work) were working within the transport & communication and public administration sectors. The district is administered by a district administration and district council.GeographyKgalagadi borders Omaheke Region, Namibia in northwest, Hardap Region, Namibia in southwest, Northern Cape Province, South Africa in south, North West Province, South Africa in southeast and omestically, it borders Ghanzi District in the north, Kweneng District in northeast, Southern District in the east. Kgalagadi means "land of the thirst". The largest settlement in the district is Tsabong, which had a population of 8939 in 2011 census while Hukuntsi and Kang had 4654 and 5985, respectively. The following is the list of villages noted separately in 2011 census in each census region.

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