8 days in Garden Route Itinerary

8 days in Garden Route Itinerary

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8 days in Garden Route Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
1
Wilderness
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Oudtshoorn
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
End: Cape Town

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Kaaiman's River, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mark's Cathedral, George, and then kick back and relax at Wilderness Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Wilderness National Park.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Wilderness sightseeing tool .

Cape Town to Wilderness is an approximately 3-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Cape Town, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Wilderness, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Wilderness

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

St Mark's Cathedral
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Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Wilderness National Park ©
Wilderness National Park
Kaaiman's River ©
Kaaiman's River

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.
On the 16th (Sat), stop by Lugro Ostrich Leather Products, stroll through Cango Wildlife Ranch, then Head underground at The Cango Caves, and finally explore and take pictures at Swartberg Pass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax in the rural setting at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, experience rural life at Cango Ostrich Show Farm, then experience rural life at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, and finally experience rural life at Safari Ostrich Show Farm.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Oudtshoorn trip site .

Getting from Wilderness to Oudtshoorn by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December in Oudtshoorn, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Storms River Suspension Bridge (in Tsitsikamma National Park) and Knysna (Knysna Heads & Featherbed Nature Reserve). There's more to do: stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve and savor the flavors at Elephant Walk Farm Stall.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Plettenberg Bay trip maker tool .

Drive from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Plettenberg Bay, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

Knysna, Storms River Suspension Bridge
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Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden

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