11 days in Garden Route Itinerary

11 days in Garden Route Itinerary

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11 days in Garden Route Itinerary

Start: Port Elizabeth
Fly + taxi:  4​h
1
Wilderness
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Oudtshoorn
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Plettenberg Bay
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
End: Cape Town

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.
Attractions like Brenton on Sea and Cola Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Let the collections at Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex and Pharoah Art Gallery capture your imagination. When in Wilderness, make a side trip to see Buffalo Bay in Knysna, approximately 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Mother Church, tour the pleasant surroundings at Goukamma Nature Reserve, make a trip to St Mark's Cathedral, and take in the dramatic scenery at Kaaimans Waterfall.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Wilderness itinerary builder.

Port Elizabeth to Wilderness is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. December in Wilderness sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Wilderness

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Knysna, George, Cola Beach, Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex
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Buffalo Bay ©
Buffalo Bay
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Goukamma Nature Reserve ©
Goukamma Nature Reserve

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like C.P Nel Museum and Greg Kerr Art Gallery. Kids will appreciate attractions like Meerkat Magic and Safari Ostrich Show Farm. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Oudtshoorn: De Rust (Meiringspoort & Meiringspoort Waterfall) and Off-Road & ATV Trails (in Prince Albert). There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of The Cango Caves and stop by Lugro Ostrich Leather Products.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Oudtshoorn travel itinerary creator.

Getting from Wilderness to Oudtshoorn by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

De Rust, Greg Kerr Art Gallery
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The Cango Caves ©
The Cango Caves
Meiringspoort Waterfall ©
Meiringspoort Waterfall
Meiringspoort ©
Meiringspoort

4
nights
Plettenberg Bay

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Radical Raptors and Plettenberg Beach. Kids will enjoy Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary and Bollard Bay. Venture out of the city with trips to Tsitsikamma National Park (in Tsitsikamma National Park) and Knysna Heads (in Knysna). There's much more to do: stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve, indulge your taste buds at Elephant Walk Farm Stall, and contemplate the long history of Nelson Bay Cave.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Plettenberg Bay trip planner.

Getting from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January in Plettenberg Bay, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Knysna, Tsitsikamma National Park
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Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Plettenberg Beach ©
Plettenberg Beach
Radical Raptors ©
Radical Raptors

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