13 days in Garden Route Itinerary

13 days in Garden Route Itinerary

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13 days in Garden Route Itinerary

Start: Madrid
Fly + Drive:  22​h
1
Wilderness
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Knysna
— 2 nights
bus:  30​min
3
Plettenberg Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Madrid

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.
Get some historical perspective at St Mark's Cathedral, George and Cape St Blaize Lighthouse. Get some cultural insight at Outeniqua Transport Museum and Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex. Spend the 13th (Tue) exploring nature at Wilderness National Park. There's still lots to do: hunt for treasures at Outeniqua Farmers' Market, view the masterpieces at Pharoah Art Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wilderness Beach, and take some stellar pictures from Dolphin Point Lookout.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Wilderness visit planning tool .

Madrid, Spain to Wilderness is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to South Africa Standard Time is 1 hour. In February, Wilderness is warmer than Madrid - with highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Wilderness

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

George, Mossel Bay
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Wilderness National Park ©
Wilderness National Park
Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex ©
Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex
Outeniqua Transport Museum ©
Outeniqua Transport Museum

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Buffalo Bay, then view the masterpieces at Scarab Village, and then take some stellar pictures from Margaret's Viewpoint. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Old Gaol and Art Gallery, enjoy the sand and surf at Brenton on Sea, and then stroll through Featherbed Nature Reserve.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Knysna itinerary planner .

You can drive from Wilderness to Knysna in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Knysna can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. On the 16th (Fri), you'll travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Featherbed Nature Reserve ©
Featherbed Nature Reserve
Buffalo Bay ©
Buffalo Bay

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Harkerville Saturday Village Market and Old Nick Village. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Plettenberg Bay: Dutch Reformed Church (in Kareedouw) and Tsitsikamma National Park (Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree & Storms River Suspension Bridge). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve, learn about winemaking at Plettenvale Wines, and look for gifts at La Carla Mask Atelier.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Plettenberg Bay trip planner .

Plettenberg Bay is just a short distance from Knysna. In February, daytime highs in Plettenberg Bay are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Wildlife Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Tsitsikamma National Park, Dutch Reformed Church
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Harkerville Saturday Village Market ©
Old Nick Village ©
Old Nick Village

1
night
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 20th (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of The Cango Caves, stroll through Cango Wildlife Ranch, and then look for gifts at Lugro Ostrich Leather Products. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Wed): do a tasting at Boplaas, do a tasting at De Krans Wines, then look for gifts at Cali Craft & Gems, and finally stop by La Chocolaterie Rococo.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Oudtshoorn trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in February, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Shopping Wildlife

Side Trips

Calitzdorp, La Chocolaterie Rococo
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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
De Krans Wines ©
De Krans Wines
La Chocolaterie Rococo ©
La Chocolaterie Rococo

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