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9 days in Garden Route Itinerary
Plettenberg Bay— 5 nights
Drive: 1h 15min
Wilderness— 3 nights
taxi + Fly: 2h 45min
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.Explore hidden gems such as Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary and Radical Raptors. Take a break from the city and head to Tsitsikamma National Park and Circles in the Forest. Go for a jaunt from Plettenberg Bay to Knysna to see Knysna Heads about 34 minutes away. There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Birds of Eden.
To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Plettenberg Bay sightseeing planner.
Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cape Town in July, Plettenberg Bay is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Wilderness.
Things to do in Plettenberg Bay
Knysna, Tsitsikamma National Park
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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.Kids will enjoy Wilderness Beach and Redberry Farm. Get outdoors at Wilderness National Park and Wilgewandel Holiday Farm. Change things up with these side-trips from Wilderness: Oudtshoorn (The Cango Caves & C.P Nel Museum). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Wilderness Lagoon, view the masterpieces at Pharoah Art Gallery, and get great views at Map of Africa Viewpoint.
For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Wilderness trip builder.
Traveling by car from Plettenberg Bay to Wilderness takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Wilderness when traveling from Plettenberg Bay in July, with lows around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.
Things to do in Wilderness
Oudtshoorn, Redberry Farm
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