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:  26​h
1
Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Wilderness
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  25​h
End: Vienna

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary and Bollard Bay. Explore Plettenberg Bay's surroundings by going to Knysna (Simola Golf, Knysna Heads, & more). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Plettenberg Beach and stroll through Birds of Eden.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Plettenberg Bay road trip planning tool .

Vienna, Austria to Plettenberg Bay is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST) is 1 hour. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Vienna in December, with highs in Plettenberg Bay at 28°C and lows at 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Wilderness.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Knysna
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Plettenberg Beach ©
Plettenberg Beach
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Bollard Bay ©
Bollard Bay

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wilderness Beach and Santos beach. Spend the 11th (Mon) exploring nature at Wilderness National Park. And it doesn't end there: get great views at Map of Africa Viewpoint, examine the collection at Outeniqua Transport Museum, view the masterpieces at Pharoah Art Gallery, and contemplate the waterfront views at Wilderness Lagoon.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Wilderness trip planner .

You can drive from Plettenberg Bay to Wilderness in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Wilderness sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Wilderness

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Outeniqua Transport Museum, Santos Beach
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Santos Beach ©
Santos Beach
Wilderness National Park ©
Wilderness National Park
Wilderness Lagoon ©
Wilderness Lagoon

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 13th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of C.P Nel Museum, then do a tasting at Karusa Vineyards, then admire all the interesting features of Swartberg Pass, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of The Cango Caves. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Cango Wildlife Ranch, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Meerkat Magic, and then stroll through De Zeekoe Farm.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Oudtshoorn trip planner .

Drive from Wilderness to Oudtshoorn in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Oudtshoorn can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Scenic Drive
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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
C.P Nel Museum ©
C.P Nel Museum
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass

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