12 days in Garden Route Itinerary

12 days in Garden Route Itinerary

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12 days in Garden Route Itinerary

Start: Birmingham
+5
Train + Subway + Train + Fly + Taxi + Bus:  25 h
1
Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Knysna
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Mossel Bay
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  25 h
End: Birmingham

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): Head underground at The Cango Caves, do a tasting at Boplaas, and then experience rural life at Safari Ostrich Show Farm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Lugro Ostrich Leather Products, then stroll through Cango Wildlife Ranch, then learn about winemaking at De Krans Wines, and finally explore the galleries of Gallery Route 62 & Coffee Café.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Oudtshoorn trip app

Birmingham, UK to Oudtshoorn is an approximately 25-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Birmingham to Oudtshoorn. Traveling from Birmingham in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Oudtshoorn: highs are around 24°C and lows about 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Wineries

Side Trip

Calitzdorp
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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch
Safari Ostrich Show Farm ©
Safari Ostrich Show Farm

4
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Brenton on Sea and Plettenberg Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Robberg Nature Reserve and Buffalo Bay. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Knysna: The Crags (Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, & more). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Knysna Heads, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, stroll through Knysna Elephant Park, and take an in-depth tour of Knysna Museum.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Knysna travel planner

Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Knysna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Knysna sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to Mossel Bay.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

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

3
nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Outeniqua Transport Museum and Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex. Take a break from the city and head to Santos beach and Zorgfontein Game Farm. Venture out of the city with trips to George (Redberry Farm, St Mark's Cathedral, George, & more) and Jakkalsvlei Private Cellar (in Herbertsdale). Next up on the itinerary: tee off at Pinnacle Point Beach and Golf Resort, learn about winemaking at Boplaas Garden Route Tasting Room, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Shark Lab.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Mossel Bay online tour planner

You can drive from Knysna to Mossel Bay in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Mossel Bay can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Mossel Bay

Outdoors Parks Golf

Side Trips

George, Boplaas Garden Route Tasting Room
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Pinnacle Point Golf Club ©
Pinnacle Point Golf Club
Santos Beach ©
Santos Beach
Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex ©
Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex

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