5 days in Garden Route Itinerary

5 days in Garden Route Itinerary

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5 days in Garden Route Itinerary

Cape Town
Fly:  3​h
Plettenberg Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Wilderness
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
Cape Town

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary and then look for all kinds of wild species at Garden Route Wolf Sanctuary.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Plettenberg Bay itinerary builder.

Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Plettenberg Bay are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Wildlife Parks

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Knysna Elephant Park
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Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Radical Raptors
Knysna Elephant Park

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): experience rural life at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, then Head underground at The Cango Caves, and then do a tasting at Karusa Vineyards.

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You can drive from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Wilderness.

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The Cango Caves
Wilgewandel Holiday Farm

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): get great views at Map of Africa Viewpoint and then stroll through Wilderness Beach. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Wilderness National Park.

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You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Wilderness in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Wilderness are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Wilderness

Parks Nature Beaches
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Wilderness Beach
Wilderness National Park
Map of Africa Viewpoint

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