11 days in Garden Route Itinerary

11 days in Garden Route Itinerary

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11 days in Garden Route Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  7 h
1
Storms River
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Knysna
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
Bus:  45 min
4
Wilderness
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h
End: Johannesburg

2
nights
Storms River

Storms River ©
Located on the famous Garden Route along the Indian Ocean coast, Storms River serves as a gateway to the nearby national park, drawing adventurous souls and ecotourists.
On the 29th (Sun), snap pictures at Storms River bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Otter Trail, then make a trip to Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree, and then stroll through Waterfall Trail.

To see more things to do and tourist information, read Storms River road trip planner.

Johannesburg to Storms River is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Johannesburg in December: highs in Storms River hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can go by car to Knysna.

Things to do in Storms River

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Tsitsikamma National Park, Storms River bridge
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Waterfall Trail ©
Waterfall Trail
Suspension Bridge ©
Suspension Bridge
The Dolphin Trail ©
The Dolphin Trail

3
nights
Knysna

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Plettenberg Bay (Robberg Nature Reserve & Plettenvale Wines). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Knysna Heads, stop by MLink Glass Studio, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route National Park, and sample the tasty concoctions at Sedgefield Craft Brewery.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Knysna trip planner .

Traveling by car from Storms River to Knysna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Knysna can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Plettenberg Bay
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Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Knysna Elephant Park ©
Knysna Elephant Park

2
nights
Oudtshoorn

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 4th (Sat): stroll through Cango Wildlife Ranch, take a memorable drive along Swartberg Pass, and then admire the landmark architecture of St Jude's Anglican Church. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: experience rural life at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Safari Ostrich Show Farm.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Oudtshoorn day trip planning site .

You can drive from Knysna to Oudtshoorn in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Oudtshoorn sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Wilderness.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

3
nights
Wilderness

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 6th (Mon): kick back and relax at Wilderness Beach, then get great views at Dolphin Point Lookout, and then take some stellar pictures from Map of Africa Viewpoint. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Wilderness National Park, and then look for gifts at Tiny Shop.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Wilderness trip itinerary planning tool .

Take a bus from Oudtshoorn to Wilderness in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in January, and nighttime lows around 18°C. On the 8th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Wilderness

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

George
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Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Wilderness National Park ©
Wilderness National Park
Parasailing & Paragliding

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