19 days in Cape Town & Garden Route Itinerary

19 days in Cape Town & Garden Route Itinerary

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19 days in Cape Town & Garden Route Itinerary

Start: Durban
1
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Oudtshoorn
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
bus:  30​min
4
Knysna
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Mossel Bay
— 2 nights
End: Durban

4
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Explore hidden gems such as Grotto Beach and Bloubergstrand Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Clifton Beaches and Boulders Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cape Town: Boschendal Manor & Winery (in Groot Drakenstein), The Franschhoek Motor Museum (in Franschhoek) and Fairview Wine and Cheese (in Suider Paarl). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Table Mountain National Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Kwaaiwater, do a tasting at Groot Constantia, and get great views at Cape of Good Hope.

To see photos and tourist information, use the Cape Town tour itinerary tool .

Durban to Cape Town is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Cape Town when traveling from Durban in January, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Hermanus, Chapman's Peak Drive, Fairview Wine and Cheese
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Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park

4
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 discover tucked-away gems like Swartberg Pass and Meiringspoort. Visiting Safari Ostrich Show Farm and Cango Ostrich Show Farm will get you outdoors. Take a break from Oudtshoorn with a short trip to Meiringspoort Waterfall in De Rust, about 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: relax in the rural setting at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, look for gifts at Lugro Ostrich Leather Products, tour the pleasant surroundings at De Zeekoe Farm, and Head underground at The Cango Caves.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Oudtshoorn trip itinerary builder website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Cape Town to Oudtshoorn in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Cape Town in January, you will find days in Oudtshoorn are slightly colder (28°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

De Rust
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Meiringspoort Waterfall ©
Meiringspoort Waterfall
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Meiringspoort ©
Meiringspoort

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Plettenberg Beach and Tsitsikamma National Park. Explore hidden gems such as Radical Raptors and Robberg Nature Reserve. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, take in the awesome beauty at Redford Lane Wines, trot along with a tour on horseback, and contemplate the long history of Nelson Bay Cave.

For ratings and other tourist information, read our Plettenberg Bay itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Plettenberg Bay are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Plettenberg Beach ©
Plettenberg Beach
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden

5
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Brenton on Sea and Buffalo Bay. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park and Knysna Lagoon. There's much more to do: stroll through Featherbed Nature Reserve, get outside with Tony Cook Adventures, explore the striking landscape at Knysna Heads, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Knysna trip itinerary maker tool .

Knysna is very close to Plettenberg Bay. In January, daytime highs in Knysna are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can go by car to Mossel Bay.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Knysna Lagoon ©
Knysna Lagoon
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park

2
nights
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.
Visiting Santos beach and Kaaimans Waterfall will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Spas & Wellness and Zorgfontein Game Farm. Get out of town with these interesting Mossel Bay side-trips: George (George Golf Club & Fancourt Country Club). There's more to do: learn about winemaking at ReedValley and play a few rounds at Mossel Bay Golf Club.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Mossel Bay online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Knysna to Mossel Bay takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Mossel Bay sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mossel Bay

Outdoors Golf Parks

Side Trips

George, Kaaimans Waterfall
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Santos Beach ©
Santos Beach
Mossel Bay Golf Club ©
Mossel Bay Golf Club
Fancourt Country Club ©
Fancourt Country Club

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