13 days in Garden Route Itinerary

13 days in Garden Route Itinerary

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13 days in Garden Route Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + Drive:  18​h
1
Wilderness
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Plettenberg Bay
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  17​h
End: London

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.
Visiting Wilderness Beach and Santos beach will get you outdoors. Shop till you drop at Outeniqua Farmers' Market and Palms Garden Square. Explore Wilderness' surroundings by going to Mossel Bay (Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex, The Shark Lab, & more). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at St Mark's Cathedral, George, examine the collection at Outeniqua Transport Museum, view the masterpieces at Pharoah Art Gallery, and get great views at Dolphin Point Lookout.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Wilderness online trip itinerary builder .

London, UK to Wilderness is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from London to Wilderness, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from London, expect much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Wilderness, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Wilderness

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

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

5
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 Buffalo Bay for some beach relaxation. Step out of the city life by going to Bollard Bay and Knysna Elephant Park. Explore Plettenberg Bay's surroundings by going to Knysna (Jandreart Studio & Knysna Heads). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve, enjoy the sand and surf at Plettenberg Beach, and browse the fresh offerings at Elephant Walk Farm Stall.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Plettenberg Bay trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Wilderness to Plettenberg Bay takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Plettenberg Bay are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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.
Take a break from the city and head to The Cango Caves and Safari Ostrich Show Farm. There's lots more to do: look for gifts at Cali Craft & Gems, relax in the rural setting at Cango Ostrich Show Farm, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cango Wildlife Ranch, and admire all the interesting features of Swartberg Pass.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Oudtshoorn trip planner .

You can drive from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Oudtshoorn sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trip

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

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