22 days in Garden Route Itinerary

22 days in Garden Route Itinerary

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22 days in Garden Route Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  21​h 30​min
1
Knysna
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Tsitsikamma National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Mossel Bay
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Oudtshoorn
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Manchester

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Brenton on Sea and Birds of Eden. We've included these beaches for you: Buffalo Bay and Bollard Bay. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Knysna: Plettenberg Bay (Plettenberg Beach, Goose Valley Golf Club, & more), Wilderness Beach (in Wilderness) and The Crags (Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, & more). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park, explore the striking landscape at Knysna Heads, take in the exciting artwork at Jandreart Studio, and get engrossed in the history at Old Gaol and Art Gallery.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Knysna trip itinerary planner.

Manchester, UK to Knysna is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Manchester to Knysna. Traveling from Manchester in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Knysna, with lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Tsitsikamma National Park.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Wilderness Beach
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Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Otter Trail and Tsitsikamma National Park. There's lots more to do: hike along The Dolphin Trail, make a trip to Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree, head outdoors with Tsitsikamma Woodcutters Journey, and stroll through Waterfall Trail.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tsitsikamma National Park online holiday planner .

Traveling by bus from Knysna to Tsitsikamma National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September in Tsitsikamma National Park, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Mossel Bay.

Things to do in Tsitsikamma National Park

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

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.
Popular historic sites such as St Mark's Cathedral, George and Dutch Reformed Mother Church are in your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at George Golf Club and Pinnacle Point Golf Club. Change things up with these side-trips from Mossel Bay: George (Outeniqua Transport Museum, Outeniqua Farmers' Market, & more). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex, tour the pleasant surroundings at St. Blaize Trail, admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Shark Lab, and have some family-friendly fun at Blasters Family Entertainment Centre.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Mossel Bay itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tsitsikamma National Park to Mossel Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Mossel Bay

Outdoors Golf Parks

Side Trip

George
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George Golf Club ©
George Golf Club
Santos Beach ©
Santos Beach
St. Blaize Trail ©
St. Blaize Trail

3
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.
Get outdoors at The Cango Caves and Cango Wildlife Ranch. There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Swartberg Pass, stop by Lugro Ostrich Leather Products, experience rural life at Safari Ostrich Show Farm, and get your game on at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge - Activities.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Oudtshoorn planning tool .

Traveling by car from Mossel Bay to Oudtshoorn takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Mossel Bay in September, Oudtshoorn is a bit cooler at night with lows of 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trip

La Chocolaterie Rococo
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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass

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