9 days in Garden Route Itinerary

9 days in Garden Route Itinerary

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9 days in Garden Route Itinerary

Sydney
Fly:  26​h
Oudtshoorn
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Plettenberg Bay
— 4 nights
Fly:  26​h
Sydney

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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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Cango Wildlife Ranch, then identify plant and animal life at Safari Ostrich Show Farm, and then look for gifts at La Chocolaterie Rococo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Tue): experience rural life at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, cruise along Swartberg Pass, and then explore the fascinating underground world of The Cango Caves.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Oudtshoorn trip generator.

Sydney, Australia to Oudtshoorn is an approximately 26-hour flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Sydney to Oudtshoorn due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

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The Cango Caves ©
The Cango Caves
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Cango Wildlife Ranch
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Swartberg Pass

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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Plettenberg Bay: Knysna (Knysna Heads & Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park) and Tsitsikamma National Park (Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Storms River Suspension Bridge, & more). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Robberg Nature Reserve, pick up some local products at Harkerville Saturday Village Market, get a dose of the wild on Knysna Elephant Park, and take some stellar pictures from Margaret's Viewpoint.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Plettenberg Bay vacation trip planner.

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. October in Plettenberg Bay sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

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Birds of Eden
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Knysna Heads
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Knysna Elephant Park

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