14 days in Garden Route Itinerary

14 days in Garden Route Itinerary

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14 days in Garden Route Itinerary

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

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Wilgewandel Holiday Farm and Meerkat Magic. Get some historical perspective at Arbeidsgenot and St Judes Anglican Church. There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of The Cango Caves, do a tasting at Karusa Vineyards, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cango Wildlife Ranch, and relax in the rural setting at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Oudtshoorn trip planning site

London, UK to Oudtshoorn is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Oudtshoorn. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in November: high temperatures in Oudtshoorn hover around 24°C and lows are around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
C.P Nel Museum ©
C.P Nel Museum
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

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.
Get outdoors at Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary and Simola Golf. Get some cultural insight at Holy Trinity Church and Jandreart Studio. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Plettenberg Bay: Knysna Heads (in Knysna) and Tsitsikamma National Park (in Tsitsikamma National Park). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Plettenberg Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at St Peters Anglican Church, stroll through Radical Raptors, and steep yourself in history at Nelson Bay Cave.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Plettenberg Bay trip maker website

Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Plettenberg Bay can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Wilderness.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Knysna
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Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Plettenberg Beach ©
Plettenberg Beach
Simola Golf ©
Simola Golf

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Wilderness Beach and Wilderness National Park. Cape St Blaize Lighthouse and Dutch Reformed Mother Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Outeniqua Transport Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mark's Cathedral, George, contemplate the waterfront views at Victoria Bay, and steep yourself in history at Montagu Pass Old Toll House.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Wilderness sightseeing planning tool

You can drive from Plettenberg Bay to Wilderness in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Wilderness sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Wilderness

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

George, Cape St Blaize Lighthouse
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Wilderness National Park ©
Wilderness National Park
Outeniqua Transport Museum ©
Outeniqua Transport Museum
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach

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