11 days in Garden Route Itinerary

11 days in Garden Route Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Garden Route holiday planner

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Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
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Oudtshoorn
— 4 nights
Drive
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Wilderness
— 3 nights
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Plettenberg Bay

— 3 nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Plett Puzzle Park and Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary. Attractions like Buffalo Bay and Knysna Elephant Park make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Plettenberg Bay: Knysna (St George's Anglican Church, Garden Route Export House, &more). There's still lots to do: stroll through Radical Raptors and enjoy the sand and surf at Plettenberg Beach.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Plettenberg Bay vacation app.

Johannesburg to Plettenberg Bay is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, you will find days in Plettenberg Bay are a bit cooler (28°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Oudtshoorn

— 4 nights

Ostrich Capital of the World

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm and Santos Beach. Kids will appreciate attractions like Outeniqua Transport Museum and Horseback Riding Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to George (Montagu Pass Old Toll House, Cape Palette Art Gallery, &more) and St. Blaize Trail (in Mossel Bay). The adventure continues: Head underground at Cango Caves and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cango Wildlife Ranch.

To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Oudtshoorn trip planner.

Getting from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Wilderness.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Wilderness

— 3 nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Wilderness National Park and Wilderness Lagoon. Family-friendly places like Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Dolphin Point Lookout will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, stroll through Wilderness Beach, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Wilderness trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Wilderness in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Wilderness can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Wilderness

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours