9 days in Garden Route Itinerary

9 days in Garden Route Itinerary

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9 days in Garden Route Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  3 h
Plettenberg Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
— 4 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
— 1 day
Fly:  2 h 45 min
End: Cape Town

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 Knysna (Knysna Heads & Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park) and Tsitsikamma National Park (Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Storms River Suspension Bridge, & more). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Knysna Elephant Park.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Plettenberg Bay travel itinerary planner.

Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cape Town in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Plettenberg Bay, with lows of 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Knysna, Tsitsikamma National Park
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Knysna Elephant Park ©
Knysna Elephant Park
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve


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.
Oudtshoorn is known for nature, outdoors, wildlife areas, scenic drive, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the fascinating underground world of The Cango Caves, get your game on at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge - Activities, experience rural life at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, and look for all kinds of wild species at Cango Wildlife Ranch.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Oudtshoorn trip builder.

Getting from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Wilderness.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

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


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.
On the 20th (Thu), examine the collection at Outeniqua Transport Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Wilderness Beach, and then take in the exciting artwork at Pharoah Art Gallery.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Wilderness travel planner.

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Wilderness in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July in Wilderness, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Wilderness

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Outeniqua Transport Museum
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Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Outeniqua Transport Museum ©
Outeniqua Transport Museum
Pharoah Art Gallery ©
Pharoah Art Gallery