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
Fly + taxi:  3​h
1
Mossel Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Tsitsikamma National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Plettenberg Bay
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
End: Cape Town

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Zorgfontein Game Farm, relax in the rural setting at Redberry Farm, and then take some stellar pictures from Map of Africa Viewpoint. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wilderness Beach, and then take some stellar pictures from Dolphin Point Lookout.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Mossel Bay trip generator.

Cape Town to Mossel Bay is an approximately 3-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. July in Mossel Bay sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Tsitsikamma National Park.

Things to do in Mossel Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Wilderness, Redberry Farm
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Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Redberry Farm ©
Redberry Farm
Map of Africa Viewpoint ©
Map of Africa Viewpoint

1
night
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.
On the 15th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Tsitsikamma National Park. On your second day here, make a trip to Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and then trek along Otter Trail.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Tsitsikamma National Park travel itinerary creator.

Traveling by car from Mossel Bay to Tsitsikamma National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Tsitsikamma National Park can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Tsitsikamma National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Tsitsikamma National Park ©
Tsitsikamma National Park
Otter Trail ©
Otter Trail
Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree ©
Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree

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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.
Attractions like Wilderness Beach and Brenton on Sea make great kid-friendly stops. Visiting Birds of Eden and Robberg Nature Reserve will get you outdoors. Explore Plettenberg Bay's surroundings by going to Knysna (Knysna Heads & Buffalo Bay). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Knysna Elephant Park and identify plant and animal life at Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Plettenberg Bay holiday planner.

You can drive from Tsitsikamma National Park to Plettenberg Bay in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Plettenberg Bay are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Knysna, Wilderness Beach
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Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads

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