18 days in Garden Route Itinerary

18 days in Garden Route Itinerary

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18 days in Garden Route Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
1
Wilderness
— 8 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Plettenberg Bay
— 9 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Johannesburg

8
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Outeniqua Transport Museum and Dutch Reformed Mother Church. Scarab Village and Cape Palette Art Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Wilderness: Oudtshoorn (C.P Nel Museum, Arbeidsgenot, & more), Buffalo Bay (in Knysna) and Mossel Bay (Diaz Beach, Shark Diving, & more). Spend the 18th (Tue) exploring nature at Wilderness National Park. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Wilderness Beach, contemplate the long history of Montagu Pass Old Toll House, view the masterpieces at Pharoah Art Gallery, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mark's Cathedral.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Wilderness road trip planner .

Johannesburg to Wilderness is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Wilderness

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Oudtshoorn, George, Mossel Bay, Knysna
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Buffalo Bay ©
Buffalo Bay
Wilderness National Park ©
Wilderness National Park
Santos Beach ©
Santos Beach

9
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.
Visiting Goose Valley Golf Club and Waterfall Trail will get you outdoors. Head to Porcupine Ceramics and Jandreart Studiofor plenty of shopping. Explore Plettenberg Bay's surroundings by going to Bitou Art Gallery (in Storms River), Knysna (Knysna Heads, St George's Anglican Church, & more) and Tsitsikamma National Park (Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree, Tsitsikamma National Park, & more). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Radical Raptors, kick back and relax at Plettenberg Beach, play a few rounds at Simola Golf, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Peters Anglican Church.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Plettenberg Bay itinerary maker app .

You can take a bus from Wilderness to Plettenberg Bay in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Wilderness in June since evenings lows in Plettenberg Bay dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Knysna, Tsitsikamma National Park
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Goose Valley Golf Club ©
Goose Valley Golf Club
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Plettenberg Beach ©
Plettenberg Beach

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