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
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h 15​min
1
Tsitsikamma National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
2
Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Wilderness
— 2 nights
bus:  15​min
4
George
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
End: Cape Town

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tsitsikamma National Park.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Tsitsikamma National Park visit planning tool .

Cape Town to Tsitsikamma National Park is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Tsitsikamma National Park are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Plettenberg Bay.
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Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree ©
Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Plettenberg Beach and Noetzie. Explore Plettenberg Bay's surroundings by going to Knysna (Bollard Bay, Jandreart Studio, & more). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park and do a tasting at Plettenvale Wines.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Plettenberg Bay trip planner .

Getting from Tsitsikamma National Park to Plettenberg Bay by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Wilderness.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Knysna, Noetzie
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Plettenberg Beach ©
Plettenberg Beach
Noetzie ©
Noetzie
Bollard Bay ©
Bollard Bay

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): take some stellar pictures from Map of Africa Viewpoint, get great views at Dolphin Point Lookout, and then kick back and relax at Cola Beach. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Pharoah Art Gallery, enjoy the sand and surf at Buffalo Bay, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Brenton on Sea.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Wilderness trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Plettenberg Bay to Wilderness takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Wilderness sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to George.

Things to do in Wilderness

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Knysna
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Buffalo Bay ©
Buffalo Bay
Map of Africa Viewpoint ©
Map of Africa Viewpoint
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea

2
nights
George

George ©
Benefiting from a pleasant climate and prime location on the Garden Route, the town of George serves as the Southern Cape's premier tourism hub.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): relax in the rural setting at Redberry Farm, examine the collection at Outeniqua Transport Museum, and then stroll through Zorgfontein Game Farm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Santos beach and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the George attractions planner.

George is just a stone's throw from Wilderness. In January, daily temperatures in George can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. On the 18th (Thu), you're off tohome.

Things to do in George

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Santos Beach
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Santos Beach ©
Santos Beach
Outeniqua Transport Museum ©
Outeniqua Transport Museum
Redberry Farm ©
Redberry Farm

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