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

2
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Outeniqua Transport Museum and Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Wilderness Beach and Santos beach. Get out of town with these interesting Wilderness side-trips: Mossel Bay (The Shark Lab & Cape St Blaize Lighthouse). It doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mark's Cathedral, George and get great views at Dolphin Point Lookout.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Wilderness trip itinerary builder site .

Cape Town to Wilderness is an approximately 3-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cape Town in December, you will find days in Wilderness are little chillier (28°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Wilderness

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Mossel Bay, George
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Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Santos Beach ©
Santos Beach
Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex ©
Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex

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.
On the 10th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Cango Wildlife Ranch, then relax in the rural setting at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, and then relax in the rural setting at Safari Ostrich Show Farm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cruise along Swartberg Pass and then explore the fascinating underground world of The Cango Caves.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Oudtshoorn online tour planner .

Traveling by car from Wilderness to Oudtshoorn takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in December, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

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

4
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Brenton on Sea and Bollard Bay. Visiting Robberg Nature Reserve and Buffalo Bay will get you outdoors. Step out of Plettenberg Bay with an excursion to Knysna Heads in Knysna--about 34 minutes away. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Birds of Eden, enjoy the sand and surf at Plettenberg Beach, and savor the flavors at Elephant Walk Farm Stall.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Plettenberg Bay travel planner.

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Knysna
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre ©
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre

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