19 days in Garden Route Itinerary

19 days in Garden Route Itinerary

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19 days in Garden Route Itinerary

Pamplemousses, Mauritius
Fly:  15​h
Tsitsikamma National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
Knysna
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
Wilderness
— 4 nights
Drive:  45​min
Mossel Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
George
— 2 nights
bus:  45​min
Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
Fly:  13​h 45​min
Pamplemousses, Mauritius

3
days
Tsitsikamma National Park

Tsitsikamma National Park ©
On a tour of Tsitsikamma National Park, walk through an 800-year-old forest of endemic yellowwood trees, explore diverse coastlines, and hit the array of hiking trails.
Spend the 3rd (Thu) exploring nature at Tsitsikamma National Park. There's lots more to do: hike along Otter Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Waterfall Trail, don't miss a visit to Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tsitsikamma National Park travel itinerary planner.

Pamplemousses, Mauritius to Tsitsikamma National Park is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Mauritius Time (MUT) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST) is minus 2 hours. In August, Tsitsikamma National Park is slightly colder than Pamplemousses - with highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Plettenberg Bay.

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Tsitsikamma National Park ©
Tsitsikamma National Park
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Otter Trail

2
days
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.
On the 6th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Birds of Eden and then identify plant and animal life at Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, do a tasting at Plettenvale Wines, then look for all kinds of wild species at Robberg Nature Reserve, and finally contemplate the long history of Nelson Bay Cave.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Plettenberg Bay trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tsitsikamma National Park to Plettenberg Bay takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. On the 8th (Tue), you'll travel to Knysna.

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Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre ©
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre
Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary ©
Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): head outdoors with Knysna Elephant Park, then explore the striking landscape at Knysna Heads, then stop by Eye Love, and finally look for gifts at Garden Route Export House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Buffalo Bay and then identify plant and animal life at Featherbed Nature Reserve.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Knysna online itinerary creator.

Knysna is just a short distance from Plettenberg Bay. In August, daytime highs in Knysna are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. You'll set off for Wilderness on the 10th (Thu).

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Knysna Elephant Park ©
Knysna Elephant Park
Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads
Featherbed Nature Reserve ©
Featherbed Nature Reserve

4
days
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.
Kids will enjoy Wilderness Beach and Acrobranch Wildwoods. Spend the 10th (Thu) exploring nature at Wilderness National Park. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Wilderness Lagoon, get great views at Dolphin Point Lookout, view the masterpieces at Pharoah Art Gallery, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Wilderness trip planner.

You can drive from Knysna to Wilderness in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Wilderness when traveling from Knysna in August, with lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Mossel Bay.

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Wilderness National Park ©
Wilderness National Park
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Wilderness Lagoon ©
Wilderness Lagoon

2
days
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.
On the 14th (Mon), stroll through St. Blaize Trail and then meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: play a few rounds at Pinnacle Point Beach and Golf Resort and then enjoy the sand and surf at Santos beach.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Mossel Bay trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Wilderness to Mossel Bay by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Wilderness in August since evenings lows in Mossel Bay dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to George.

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Santos beach ©
Santos beach
St. Blaize Trail ©
St. Blaize Trail
Pinnacle Point Beach and Golf Resort ©

2
days
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.
On the 16th (Wed), examine the collection at Outeniqua Transport Museum, then experience rural life at Redberry Farm, and then identify plant and animal life at Zorgfontein Game Farm. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Victoria Bay and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the George holiday planner.

George is just a stone's throw from Mossel Bay. Traveling from Mossel Bay in August, plan for little chillier nights in George, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Oudtshoorn.

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Redberry Farm ©
Redberry Farm
Victoria Bay ©
Victoria Bay
Outeniqua Transport Museum ©
Outeniqua Transport Museum

2
days
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've now added Cali Craft & Gems to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): experience rural life at Safari Ostrich Show Farm, then stop by Cali Craft & Gems, and then look for gifts at Lugro Ostrich Leather Products. On your second day here, look for gifts at La Chocolaterie Rococo, then look for all kinds of wild species at Cango Wildlife Ranch, and then explore the fascinating underground world of The Cango Caves.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Oudtshoorn vacation planner.

Getting from George to Oudtshoorn by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

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Safari Ostrich Show Farm ©
Safari Ostrich Show Farm
The Cango Caves ©
The Cango Caves
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

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