10 days in Garden Route, De Rust & Twain Harte Itinerary

10 days in Garden Route, De Rust & Twain Harte Itinerary

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10 days in Garden Route, De Rust & Twain Harte Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  4​h 30​min
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Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
— Few hours
bus:  30​min
2
Knysna, South Africa
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
3
Wilderness, South Africa
— Few hours
bus:  15​min
4
George, South Africa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
De Rust, South Africa
— Few hours
Drive:  45​min
6
Oudtshoorn, South Africa
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
7
Mossel Bay, South Africa
— Few hours
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  34​h
8
Twain Harte, United States
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  33​h
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

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Plettenberg Bay, South Africa

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 23rd (Mon): stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Plettenberg Bay day trip planning website .

Johannesburg to Plettenberg Bay is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from Johannesburg in December, plan for little chillier days in Plettenberg Bay, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Knysna.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve

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Knysna, South Africa

Knysna ©
Enshrouded in lush indigenous forest and surrounding a scenic lagoon of the same name, the Garden Route town of Knysna has plenty to offer.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Knysna Heads and then stroll through Knysna Elephant Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Knysna holiday planner.

Knysna is just a stone's throw from Plettenberg Bay. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Wilderness.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads
Knysna Elephant Park ©
Knysna Elephant Park

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Wilderness, South Africa

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 24th (Tue): stop by Tiny Shop.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Wilderness day trip site .

Getting from Knysna to Wilderness by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Wilderness can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to George.

Things to do in Wilderness

Shopping
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George, South Africa

George ©
Benefiting from a pleasant climate and prime location on the Garden Route, the town of George serves as the Southern Cape's premier tourism hub.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): experience rural life at Redberry Farm.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our George trip maker site .

George is just a short distance from Wilderness. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in December, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to De Rust.
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Redberry Farm ©
Redberry Farm

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De Rust, South Africa

De Rust ©
On the 25th (Wed), explore the stunning scenery at Meiringspoort.

For maps and tourist information, use the De Rust vacation planner.

Drive from George to De Rust in 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in De Rust are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in De Rust

Nature Parks
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Meiringspoort ©
Meiringspoort

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Oudtshoorn, South Africa

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.
On the 26th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Cango Wildlife Ranch and then explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Oudtshoorn online trip maker .

Drive from De Rust to Oudtshoorn in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in December, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Mossel Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

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Mossel Bay, South Africa

Mossel Bay ©
A popular stopover on South Africa's famous Garden Route, Mossel Bay charms tourists with its picturesque sandy shore that stretches along the Indian Ocean, and its pleasant, mild climate.
On the 26th (Thu), do a tasting at Boplaas Garden Route Tasting Room.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Mossel Bay itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Oudtshoorn to Mossel Bay by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Twain Harte.

Things to do in Mossel Bay

Wineries

Side Trip

Boplaas Garden Route Tasting Room
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Boplaas Garden Route Tasting Room ©
Boplaas Garden Route Tasting Room

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Twain Harte, United States

Twain Harte ©
Twain Harte is a census-designated place (CDP) in Tuolumne County, California, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Twain Harte: Yosemite National Park (Yosemite Village, Glacier Point, & more). There's still lots to do: try for a hole-in-one at Twain Harte Miniature Golf.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Twain Harte trip itinerary maker .

Explore your travel options from Mossel Bay to Twain Harte with the Route module. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -10 hour difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Mossel Bay in December: highs in Twain Harte hover around 15°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Twain Harte

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
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Twain Harte Miniature Golf ©
Twain Harte Miniature Golf
Badger Pass Ski Area ©
Badger Pass Ski Area
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

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