11 days in Garden Route Itinerary

11 days in Garden Route Itinerary

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11 days in Garden Route Itinerary

Start: Pamplemousses, Mauritius
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  12 h
1
Oudtshoorn
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
2
Wilderness
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Plettenberg Bay
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  12 h 30 min
End: Pamplemousses, Mauritius

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): look for gifts at Cali Craft & Gems, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cango Wildlife Ranch, and then Head underground at The Cango Caves. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Lugro Ostrich Leather Products, then relax in the rural setting at Safari Ostrich Show Farm, and then take a memorable drive along Swartberg Pass.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Oudtshoorn online trip builder

Pamplemousses, Mauritius to Oudtshoorn is an approximately 12-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Pamplemousses to Oudtshoorn. In March, Oudtshoorn is slightly colder than Pamplemousses - with highs of 28°C and lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Wilderness.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

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

2
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.
Visit Wilderness Beach and Santos beach for some beach relaxation. St Mark's Cathedral, George and Cape St Blaize Lighthouse will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: hunt for treasures at Outeniqua Farmers' Market, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Mother Church, look for gifts at Palms Garden Square, and get great views at Dolphin Point Lookout.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Wilderness trip itinerary maker tool

Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Wilderness takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. March in Wilderness sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Wilderness

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George, Mossel Bay
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Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Santos Beach ©
Santos Beach
Dutch Reformed Mother Church ©
Dutch Reformed Mother Church

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.
Visit Brenton on Sea and Plettenberg Beach for some beach relaxation. Take a break from the city and head to Robberg Nature Reserve and Buffalo Bay. Venture out of the city with trips to Knysna (Knysna Heads & Bollard Bay). There's more to do: stroll through Birds of Eden and contemplate the long history of Nelson Bay Cave.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Plettenberg Bay trip planner

Getting from Wilderness to Plettenberg Bay by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. March in Plettenberg Bay sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

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Knysna
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads

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