9 days in Garden Route Itinerary

9 days in Garden Route Itinerary

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9 days in Garden Route Itinerary

Start: Berlin
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  20 h 30 min
1
Oudtshoorn
— 1 day
Bus:  1 h 15 min
2
Wilderness
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Plettenberg Bay
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  21 h 30 min
End: Berlin

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of The Cango Caves, look for gifts at Cali Craft & Gems, and then take an in-depth tour of C.P Nel Museum.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Oudtshoorn route planner

Berlin, Germany to Oudtshoorn is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Berlin to Oudtshoorn due to the time zone difference. December in Oudtshoorn sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to drive to Wilderness.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
C.P Nel Museum ©
C.P Nel Museum
Cali Craft & Gems ©
Cali Craft & Gems

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): don't miss a visit to St Mark's Cathedral, George, examine the collection at Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape St Blaize Lighthouse, and finally hunt for treasures at Outeniqua Farmers' Market. On the 6th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Outeniqua Transport Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Wilderness Beach, and then view the masterpieces at Pharoah Art Gallery.

For ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Wilderness road trip planning tool

Drive from Oudtshoorn to Wilderness in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Wilderness

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

George, Mossel Bay
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Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex ©
Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex
Outeniqua Transport Museum ©
Outeniqua Transport Museum

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Brenton on Sea and Bollard Bay. You'll get in some beach time at Buffalo Bay and Plettenberg Beach. Step out of Plettenberg Bay to go to Knysna and see Knysna Heads, which is approximately 34 minutes away. There's still lots to do: stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve and learn about winemaking at Plettenvale Wines.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Plettenberg Bay travel planner

Traveling by car from Wilderness to Plettenberg Bay takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Plettenberg Bay can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Beaches Outdoors

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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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