11 days in Garden Route Itinerary

11 days in Garden Route Itinerary

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11 days in Garden Route Itinerary

Port Elizabeth
Fly + taxi:  4​h
Wilderness
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Oudtshoorn
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Plettenberg Bay
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
Cape Town

4
days
Wilderness

On a vacation in Wilderness, a coastal resort town on the Garden Route, you'll have easy access to a multitude of nature trails and activities set among the rivers, beaches, and forests of Wilderness National Park and Goukama Nature Reserve.
Attractions like Brenton on Sea and Cola Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Let the collections at Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex and Pharoah Art Gallery capture your imagination. When in Wilderness, make a side trip to see Buffalo Bay in Knysna, approximately 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Mother Church, tour the pleasant surroundings at Goukamma Nature Reserve, make a trip to St Mark's Cathedral, and take in the dramatic scenery at Kaaimans Waterfall.

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Port Elizabeth to Wilderness is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. December in Wilderness sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Wilderness

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

George, Knysna, Cola Beach, Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex
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Brenton on Sea
Buffalo Bay
Goukamma Nature Reserve

3
days
Oudtshoorn

Nestled in the arid valley of Little Karoo, the town of Oudtshoorn remains the hub of everything ostrich-related, housing the world's largest population of the flightless birds.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like C.P Nel Museum and Greg Kerr Art Gallery. Kids will appreciate attractions like Meerkat Magic and Safari Ostrich Show Farm. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Oudtshoorn: De Rust (Meiringspoort & Meiringspoort Waterfall) and Off-Road & ATV Trails (in Prince Albert). There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of The Cango Caves and stop by Lugro Ostrich Leather Products.

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Getting from Wilderness to Oudtshoorn by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Prince Albert, De Rust
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Safari Ostrich Show Farm
Meiringspoort Waterfall
Meiringspoort

4
days
Plettenberg Bay

As one of South Africa's most popular beach destinations, the resort town of Plettenberg Bay comes to life in December and January, when the holiday homes fill up with domestic tourists and foreigner visitors.
Take a break from the city and head to Radical Raptors and Plettenberg Beach. Kids will enjoy Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary and Bollard Bay. Venture out of the city with trips to Tsitsikamma National Park (in Tsitsikamma National Park) and Knysna Heads (in Knysna). There's much more to do: stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve, indulge your taste buds at Elephant Walk Farm Stall, and contemplate the long history of Nelson Bay Cave.

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Getting from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January in Plettenberg Bay, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Knysna, Tsitsikamma National Park
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Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Tsitsikamma National Park
Plettenberg Beach

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