21 days in Garden Route Itinerary

21 days in Garden Route Itinerary

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21 days in Garden Route Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  4 h
1
Mossel Bay
— 5 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
2
Oudtshoorn
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Knysna
— 7 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Tsitsikamma National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  6 h 30 min
End: Johannesburg

5
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Wilderness Beach and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Do some cultural sightseeing at Outeniqua Transport Museum and Cape St Blaize Lighthouse. Venture out of the city with trips to Wilderness (Wilderness National Park, Parasailing & Paragliding, & more) and George (St Mark's Cathedral, George & Redberry Farm). The adventure continues: trek along St. Blaize Trail, admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Shark Lab, and tee off at Pinnacle Point Beach and Golf Resort.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Mossel Bay trip planner

Johannesburg to Mossel Bay is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Johannesburg in November: highs in Mossel Bay hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Mossel Bay

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Wilderness, George
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St. Blaize Trail ©
St. Blaize Trail
Wilderness National Park ©
Wilderness National Park
Parasailing & Paragliding

5
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 out of the city life by going to Wilgewandel Holiday Farm and The Cango Caves. Get a sense of the local culture at Karusa Vineyards and Arbeidsgenot. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of C.P Nel Museum, look for gifts at Lugro Ostrich Leather Products, stroll through Cango Wildlife Ranch, and experience rural life at Safari Ostrich Show Farm.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Oudtshoorn trip itinerary maker

You can take a bus from Mossel Bay to Oudtshoorn in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in November, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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De Zeekoe Farm ©
De Zeekoe Farm
C.P Nel Museum ©
C.P Nel Museum
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

7
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Radical Raptors and Plettenberg Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary and Garden of Eden. Get out of town with these interesting Knysna side-trips: Plettenberg Bay (Garden Route Wolf Sanctuary & Horseback Riding Tours) and The Crags (Birds of Eden & Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre). The adventure continues: play a few rounds at Simola Golf, kick back and relax at Buffalo Bay, stroll through Brenton on Sea, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Knysna itinerary app

Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Knysna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Tsitsikamma National Park.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Plettenberg Bay
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Radical Raptors ©
Radical Raptors
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Buffalo Bay ©
Buffalo Bay

3
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tsitsikamma National Park and Otter Trail. Step out of the city life by going to The Dolphin Trail and Waterfall Trail. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Tsitsikamma National Park road trip site

You can drive from Knysna to Tsitsikamma National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Tsitsikamma National Park are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tsitsikamma National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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The Dolphin Trail ©
The Dolphin Trail
Otter Trail ©
Otter Trail
Waterfall Trail ©
Waterfall Trail

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