13 days in Garden Route Itinerary

13 days in Garden Route Itinerary

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13 days in Garden Route Itinerary

Start: Maputo
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  8​h
1
Oudtshoorn
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Plettenberg Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Wilderness
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Maputo

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wilgewandel Holiday Farm and De Zeekoe Farm. There's still lots to do: Head underground at The Cango Caves, learn about winemaking at Karusa Vineyards, get your game on at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge - Activities, and look for all kinds of wild species at Meerkat Magic.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Oudtshoorn travel itinerary planner.

Maputo, Mozambique to Oudtshoorn is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Scenic Drive

Side Trip

La Chocolaterie Rococo
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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary and Radical Raptors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Plettenberg Bay: Knysna (Knysna Heads & Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park) and Storms River Suspension Bridge (in Tsitsikamma National Park). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Robberg Nature Reserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plett Puzzle Park, and browse the fresh offerings at Elephant Walk Farm Stall.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Plettenberg Bay trip generator.

Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Plettenberg Bay can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Wilderness.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Knysna, Suspension Bridge
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Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Safaris and Outeniqua Transport Museum. Spend the 6th (Mon) exploring nature at Wilderness National Park. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Wilderness Beach, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Robertson Brewing Co, take in the exciting artwork at Pharoah Art Gallery, and get great views at Dolphin Point Lookout.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Wilderness vacation trip planner.

Getting from Plettenberg Bay to Wilderness by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Wilderness

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

George
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Wilderness National Park ©
Wilderness National Park
Outeniqua Transport Museum ©
Outeniqua Transport Museum
Dolphin Point Lookout ©
Dolphin Point Lookout

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