9 days in Garden Route Itinerary

9 days in Garden Route Itinerary

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9 days in Garden Route Itinerary

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

3
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.
Cape St Blaize Lighthouse and Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Wilderness Beach and Wilderness Lagoon. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Mother Church, see the interesting displays at Outeniqua Transport Museum, sample the tasty concoctions at Robertson Brewing Co, and take in the exciting artwork at Pharoah Art Gallery.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Wilderness sightseeing planner.

Cape Town to Wilderness is an approximately 3-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. In September in Wilderness, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Wilderness

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

George, Mossel Bay
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Wilderness Beach
Wilderness Lagoon
Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): stop by Lugro Ostrich Leather Products, then look for all kinds of wild species at Cango Wildlife Ranch, and then Head underground at The Cango Caves.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Oudtshoorn travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Wilderness to Oudtshoorn takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Cango Wildlife Ranch
Lugro Ostrich Leather Products

5
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Brenton on Sea and Plettenberg Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Buffalo Bay and Birds of Eden. Change things up with these side-trips from Plettenberg Bay: Knysna (Bollard Bay, Knysna Heads, & more). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Robberg Nature Reserve, browse the fresh offerings at Elephant Walk Farm Stall, and tee off at Goose Valley Golf Club.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Plettenberg Bay trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Plettenberg Bay can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

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Knysna
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Brenton on Sea
Knysna Heads
Robberg Nature Reserve

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