14 days in Garden Route Itinerary

14 days in Garden Route Itinerary

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14 days in Garden Route Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h 45​min
1
Oudtshoorn
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Knysna
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Tsitsikamma National Park
— 4 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Johannesburg

5
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Oudtshoorn: George (Robertson Brewing Co., Dutch Reformed Mother Church, & more) and Mossel Bay (Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex & St. Blaize Trail). There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of The Cango Caves, admire all the interesting features of Cango Ostrich Show Farm, pause for some serene contemplation at St Jude's Anglican Church, and experience rural life at Safari Ostrich Show Farm.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Oudtshoorn planner .

Johannesburg to Oudtshoorn is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Johannesburg in December, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Oudtshoorn: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

George, Mossel Bay
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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Knysna: Robberg Nature Reserve (in Plettenberg Bay) and The Crags (Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, Birds of Eden, & more). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Knysna Heads, explore the striking landscape of Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park, take in the exciting artwork at Jandreart Studio, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Featherbed Nature Reserve.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Knysna journey builder .

Getting from Oudtshoorn to Knysna by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Knysna can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Tsitsikamma National Park.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

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

4
nights
Tsitsikamma National Park

Tsitsikamma National Park ©
On a tour of Tsitsikamma National Park, walk through an 800-year-old forest of endemic yellowwood trees, explore diverse coastlines, and hit the array of hiking trails.
Spend the 3rd (Fri) exploring nature at Tsitsikamma National Park. On the 4th (Sat), hike the day away at The Dolphin Trail. The adventure continues: take in the views from Storms River Suspension Bridge, trek along Otter Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Waterfall Trail, and browse the exhibits of Bitou Art Gallery.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Tsitsikamma National Park road trip website .

Traveling by car from Knysna to Tsitsikamma National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 20°C. On the 5th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tsitsikamma National Park

Outdoors Trails Parks
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The Dolphin Trail ©
The Dolphin Trail
Storms River Suspension Bridge ©
Storms River Suspension Bridge
Otter Trail ©
Otter Trail

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