31 days in Garden Route Itinerary

31 days in Garden Route Itinerary

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31 days in Garden Route Itinerary

Newcastle
Fly:  33​h
Oudtshoorn
— 8 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
Mossel Bay
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Knysna
— 10 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Tsitsikamma National Park
— 4 nights
Fly:  34​h
Newcastle

8
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to C.P Nel Museum and Arbeidsgenot. Get a sense of the local culture at Karusa Vineyards and ArtKaroo Art Gallery. There's still lots to do: experience rural life at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, get your game on at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge - Activities, explore the fascinating underground world of The Cango Caves, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

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Newcastle, Australia to Oudtshoorn is an approximately 33-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST) is minus 8 hours. You'll set off for Mossel Bay on the 10th (Fri).

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De Zeekoe Farm ©
De Zeekoe Farm
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Wilgewandel Holiday Farm
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Swartberg Pass

6
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.
Get in touch with nature at Wilderness National Park and Redberry Farm. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Outeniqua Transport Museum and St Mark's Cathedral. Get out of town with these interesting Mossel Bay side-trips: Wilderness (Wilderness Beach, Dolphin Point Lookout, & more) and George (Robertson Brewing Co, Safaris, & more). There's much more to do: enjoy the sea views from Cape St Blaize Lighthouse, enjoy the sand and surf at Santos beach, tee off at Pinnacle Point Beach and Golf Resort, and get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Mossel Bay trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Oudtshoorn to Mossel Bay takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May in Mossel Bay, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Knysna.

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George, Wilderness
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Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
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Wilderness National Park
Redberry Farm ©
Redberry Farm

10
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.
Holy Trinity Church and St Peters Anglican Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary and Plettenberg Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Knysna: Plettenberg Bay (Horseback Riding Tours, Robberg Nature Reserve, & more) and Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary (in The Crags). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Radical Raptors, enjoy the sand and surf at Brenton on Sea, trek along Elephant Walk, and tee off at Simola Golf.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Knysna vacation trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mossel Bay to Knysna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Knysna, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tsitsikamma National Park.

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Plettenberg Bay, The Crags
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Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Radical Raptors ©
Radical Raptors
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Plettenberg Beach

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Tsitsikamma National Park and Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree. Get in touch with nature at Otter Trail and Waterfall Trail. The adventure continues: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour and get outside with Tsitsikamma Woodcutters Journey.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tsitsikamma National Park vacation planner.

You can drive from Knysna to Tsitsikamma National Park in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Tsitsikamma National Park are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. On the 29th (Wed), you're off tohome.

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Tsitsikamma National Park
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Tsitsikamma Woodcutters Journey

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