11 days in Garden Route Itinerary

11 days in Garden Route Itinerary

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11 days in Garden Route Itinerary

Start: Vienna
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  25​h
1
Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Mossel Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Knysna
— 5 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Vienna

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 6th (Wed): admire all the interesting features of Swartberg Pass, then explore the fascinating underground world of The Cango Caves, and then stop by Lugro Ostrich Leather Products. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cango Wildlife Ranch, experience rural life at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, and then experience rural life at Safari Ostrich Show Farm.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Oudtshoorn tour itinerary builder site .

Vienna, Austria to Oudtshoorn is an approximately 25-hour flight. Traveling from Vienna to Oudtshoorn, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Vienna in December, with highs in Oudtshoorn at 28°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Mossel Bay.

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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

1
night
Mossel Bay

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): explore the activities along Kaaiman's River and then kick back and relax at Wilderness Beach. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Santos beach.

To see reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Mossel Bay sightseeing app .

You can take a bus from Oudtshoorn to Mossel Bay in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Knysna.

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Wilderness
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Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Santos Beach ©
Santos Beach
Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex ©
Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex

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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.
Relax by the water at Brenton on Sea and Plettenberg Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Knysna: Robberg Nature Reserve (in Plettenberg Bay) and The Crags (Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, Birds of Eden, & more). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Buffalo Bay, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church, get engrossed in the history at Knysna Museum, and view the masterpieces at Jandreart Studio.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Knysna online visit planner .

Traveling by car from Mossel Bay to Knysna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Knysna, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

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Plettenberg Bay
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
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Birds of Eden
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre ©
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre

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