14 days in Garden Route Itinerary

14 days in Garden Route Itinerary

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14 days in Garden Route Itinerary

Start: Durban
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h 15​min
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Plettenberg Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Johannesburg


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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Off-Road & ATV Trails and De Krans Wines. Step out of Oudtshoorn with an excursion to Meiringspoort in De Rust--about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: Head underground at The Cango Caves, do a tasting at Karusa Vineyards, look for gifts at Lugro Ostrich Leather Products, and relax in the rural setting at Safari Ostrich Show Farm.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Oudtshoorn trip generator.

Durban to Oudtshoorn is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Plettenberg Bay.

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De Krans Wines, Meiringspoort
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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours as well as Tsitsikamma National Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary and Elephant Walk Farm Stall. Change things up with a short trip to Knysna Heads in Knysna (about 34 minutes away). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Robberg Nature Reserve and contemplate the long history of Nelson Bay Cave.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Plettenberg Bay travel planner.

Drive from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. November in Plettenberg Bay sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Wilderness.

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Knysna, Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours
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Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden


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 Wilderness National Park. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Outeniqua Transport Museum, stroll through Wilderness Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Pharoah Art Gallery, and take some stellar pictures from Dolphin Point Lookout.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Wilderness trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Plettenberg Bay to Wilderness in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Wilderness are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

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Wilderness National Park ©
Wilderness National Park
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Outeniqua Transport Museum ©
Outeniqua Transport Museum

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