24 days in Addo Elephant National Park, Garden Route & Stellenbosch Itinerary

24 days in Addo Elephant National Park, Garden Route & Stellenbosch Itinerary

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24 days in Addo Elephant National Park, Garden Route & Stellenbosch Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly + Drive:  22​h 45​min
1
Addo Elephant National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Oudtshoorn
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
bus:  30​min
4
Knysna
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Mossel Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Stellenbosch
— 3 nights
+3
train + foot + bus + Fly:  16​h
End: Amsterdam

2
nights
Addo Elephant National Park

Addo Elephant National Park ©
On the 3rd (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre and then stroll through Addo Elephant National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Daniell Cheetah Project.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Addo Elephant National Park trip itinerary planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Addo Elephant National Park is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to South Africa Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in February, things will get much hotter in Addo Elephant National Park: highs are around 30°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Addo Elephant National Park

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trip

Daniell Cheetah Project
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Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre ©
Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre
Daniell Cheetah Project ©
Daniell Cheetah Project

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.
Get some cultural insight at De Krans Wines and Fernskloof Wines. Escape the urban bustle at The Cango Caves and Meiringspoort Waterfall. Get out of town with these interesting Oudtshoorn side-trips: Boplaas (in Calitzdorp) and Wine Tours & Tastings (in De Rust). There's lots more to do: look for gifts at Cali Craft & Gems, look for all kinds of wild species at Cango Wildlife Ranch, have some family-friendly fun at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge - Activities, and experience rural life at Cango Ostrich Show Farm.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Oudtshoorn tour planner.

Traveling by car from Addo Elephant National Park to Oudtshoorn takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Calitzdorp, Meiringspoort Waterfall, Fernskloof Wines, La Chocolaterie Rococo
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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

2
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.
On the 10th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Sanctuary, and then identify plant and animal life at Garden Route Wolf Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Nelson Bay Cave, then play a few rounds at Goose Valley Golf Club, and then take in the views from Storms River Suspension Bridge.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Plettenberg Bay vacation builder.

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in February, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Wildlife Parks Golf

Side Trip

Storms River Suspension Bridge
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Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre ©
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre
Storms River Suspension Bridge ©
Storms River Suspension Bridge
Elephant Sanctuary The Crags ©
Elephant Sanctuary The Crags

6
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.
Family-friendly places like Knysna Elephant Park and Featherbed Nature Reserve will thrill your kids. Escape the urban bustle at Knysna Heads and Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park. Step out of Knysna with an excursion to Wilderness National Park in Wilderness--about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: browse the eclectic array of goods at Mosaic Outdoor Market, stroll through Buffalo Bay, get engrossed in the history at Knysna Museum, and enjoy the sand and surf at Noetzie.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Knysna travel planner.

Knysna is very close to Plettenberg Bay. In February, daily temperatures in Knysna can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive to Mossel Bay.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Noetzie, Wilderness National Park
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Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads
Knysna Elephant Park ©
Knysna Elephant Park

3
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.
Bring the kids along to Santos beach and Redberry Farm. Visit Dutch Reformed Mother Church and Cape St Blaize Lighthouse for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mossel Bay: Dolphin Point Lookout (in Wilderness) and George (Safaris & Outeniqua Transport Museum). And it doesn't end there: hike along St. Blaize Trail, examine the collection at Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex, identify plant and animal life at Zorgfontein Game Farm, and tee off at Pinnacle Point Beach and Golf Resort.

For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Mossel Bay itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Knysna to Mossel Bay takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February in Mossel Bay, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Stellenbosch.

Things to do in Mossel Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

George, Dolphin Point Lookout
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Santos Beach ©
Santos Beach
St. Blaize Trail ©
St. Blaize Trail
Dutch Reformed Mother Church ©
Dutch Reformed Mother Church

3
nights
Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch ©
Straddling the banks of the Eerste River, the university town of Stellenbosch enjoys international fame for its renowned wine estates and gourmet restaurants.
On the 22nd (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Camp's Bay Beach and then take in the awesome beauty at Table Mountain National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri): learn about winemaking at Groot Constantia, look for gifts at Noordhoek Farm Village, and then kick back and relax at Boulders Beach.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Stellenbosch trip itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Mossel Bay to Stellenbosch in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in February, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Stellenbosch

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Cape Town, Boschendal Wine Estate
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Camp's Bay Beach ©
Camp's Bay Beach
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony