8 days in Garden Route Itinerary

8 days in Garden Route Itinerary

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8 days in Garden Route Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  3 h 45 min
1
Wilderness
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
2
Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
End: Johannesburg

3
nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Wilderness National Park and Outeniqua Transport Museum. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Wilderness Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mark's Cathedral, George, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and view the masterpieces at Pharoah Art Gallery.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Wilderness road trip website

Johannesburg to Wilderness is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, expect nights in Wilderness to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are slightly colder, around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Wilderness

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Side Trip

George
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Wilderness National Park ©
Wilderness National Park
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Outeniqua Transport Museum ©
Outeniqua Transport Museum

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of C.P Nel Museum, then stroll through Cango Wildlife Ranch, and then learn about winemaking at Karusa Vineyards. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cruise along Swartberg Pass, Head underground at The Cango Caves, and then relax in the rural setting at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Oudtshoorn sightseeing planning site

Traveling by car from Wilderness to Oudtshoorn takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Oudtshoorn sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary and Radical Raptors. Go for a jaunt from Plettenberg Bay to Knysna to see Knysna Heads about 34 minutes away. There's more to do: stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Plettenberg Bay trip itinerary builder app

Getting from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. December in Plettenberg Bay sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Knysna
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Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve

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