18 days in Garden Route & Cape Town Itinerary

18 days in Garden Route & Cape Town Itinerary

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18 days in Garden Route & Cape Town Itinerary

Start: Bethlehem
Drive:  10 h
1
George
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
2
Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
3
Mossel Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Storms River
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Knysna
— 8 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
6
Cape Town
— 2 nights
Drive:  7 h 15 min
End: Bethlehem

1
night
George

George ©
Benefiting from a pleasant climate and prime location on the Garden Route, the town of George serves as the Southern Cape's premier tourism hub.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): examine the collection at Outeniqua Transport Museum, then steep yourself in history at Montagu Pass Old Toll House, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Mark's Cathedral, and finally relax in the rural setting at Redberry Farm.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read George tour builder site .

Bethlehem to George is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in George when traveling from Bethlehem in June, with lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can take a bus to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in George

Museums Historic Sites
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Outeniqua Transport Museum ©
Outeniqua Transport Museum
St Mark's Cathedral ©
St Mark's Cathedral
Redberry Farm ©
Redberry Farm

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.
To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Oudtshoorn tour itinerary builder .

Traveling by bus from George to Oudtshoorn takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, daily temperatures in Oudtshoorn can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Mossel Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch
Safari Ostrich Show Farm ©
Safari Ostrich Show Farm
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves

1
night
Mossel Bay

Mossel Bay ©
A popular stopover on South Africa's famous Garden Route, Mossel Bay charms tourists with its picturesque sandy shore that stretches along the Indian Ocean, and its pleasant, mild climate.
Cape St Blaize Lighthouse has been added to your itinerary.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Mossel Bay trip itinerary maker .

You can take a bus from Oudtshoorn to Mossel Bay in an hour. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Oudtshoorn in June, expect a bit warmer with lows of 12°C in Mossel Bay. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Storms River.

Things to do in Mossel Bay

Museums Historic Sites
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Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex ©
Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex
Cape St Blaize Lighthouse ©
Cape St Blaize Lighthouse

3
nights
Storms River

Storms River ©
Located on the famous Garden Route along the Indian Ocean coast, Storms River serves as a gateway to the nearby national park, drawing adventurous souls and ecotourists.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Bitou Art Gallery and Dutch Reformed Church. And it doesn't end there: hike along The Dolphin Trail, snap pictures at Storms River bridge, get outside with Tsitsikamma Woodcutters Journey, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Waterfall Trail.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Storms River tour planner.

Drive from Mossel Bay to Storms River in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in June, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Knysna.

Things to do in Storms River

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trips

Tsitsikamma National Park, Dutch Reformed Church, Storms River bridge
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Waterfall Trail ©
Waterfall Trail
Suspension Bridge ©
Suspension Bridge
The Dolphin Trail ©
The Dolphin Trail

8
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary as well as Birds of Eden. Your inner history buff will appreciate St Peters Anglican Church and St George's Anglican Church. You'll get in some beach time at Wilderness Beach and Plettenberg Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Dolphin Point Lookout (in Wilderness) and Plettenberg Bay (Nelson Bay Cave, Robberg Nature Reserve, & more). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Knysna Heads, view the masterpieces at Scarab Village, stroll through Buffalo Bay, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route National Park.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Knysna planner .

Traveling by car from Storms River to Knysna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. June in Knysna sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. You will leave for Cape Town on the 15th (Mon).

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Wilderness, Noetzie Beach
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Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary ©
Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden

2
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Bo-kaap, Castle of Good Hope and Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Robben Island Museum and District Six Museum. South African Jewish Museum and Cape Town Holocaust & Genocide Centre will appeal to museum buffs. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, observe the fascinating underwater world at Two Oceans Aquarium, and admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cape Town route planning tool .

You can fly from Knysna to Cape Town in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Knysna in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Cape Town, with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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District Six Museum ©
District Six Museum
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©

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