5 days in Garden Route Itinerary

5 days in Garden Route Itinerary

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5 days in Garden Route Itinerary

Johannesburg
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
Wilderness
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Plettenberg Bay
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Johannesburg

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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.
Visit Dutch Reformed Mother Church and St Mark's Cathedral for their historical value. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wilderness Beach and Pharoah Art Gallery. Spend the 3rd (Sun) exploring nature at Wilderness National Park. There's more to do: examine the collection at Outeniqua Transport Museum and contemplate the waterfront views at Wilderness Lagoon.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Wilderness trip builder.

Johannesburg to Wilderness is an approximately 4-hour combination of train, flight, and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Johannesburg in September, expect nights in Wilderness to be about the same, around 10°C, while days are slightly colder, around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Wilderness

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

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Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Wilderness National Park ©
Wilderness National Park
Outeniqua Transport Museum ©
Outeniqua Transport Museum

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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 5th (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Peters Anglican Church, then look for all kinds of wild species at Robberg Nature Reserve, and then steep yourself in history at Nelson Bay Cave. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary, look for gifts at The Waterfront Knysna Quays, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Plettenberg Bay trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Wilderness to Plettenberg Bay takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Plettenberg Bay, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Knysna
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Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
The Waterfront Knysna Quays ©
The Waterfront Knysna Quays

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