11 days in Garden Route Itinerary

11 days in Garden Route Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Garden Route sightseeing planner

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Mossel Bay
— 1 day
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Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
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Knysna
— 9 nights
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Mossel Bay

— 1 day

Bay of Attraction

A popular stopover on South Africa's famous Garden Route, Mossel Bay charms tourists with its picturesque sandy shore that stretches along the Indian Ocean, and its pleasant, mild climate.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): kick back and relax at Diaz Beach, take an in-depth tour of Janine Iron and Washing Museum, and then make a splash at Hartenbos Waterpark.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Mossel Bay trip planner.

Port Elizabeth to Mossel Bay is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Mossel Bay can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Mossel Bay

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Theme Parks
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Oudtshoorn

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cango Wildlife Ranch, then get outside with Waterval Rust en Vrede, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Oudtshoorn holiday planner.

Getting from Mossel Bay to Oudtshoorn by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in December, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Knysna

— 9 nights
Enshrouded in lush indigenous forest and surrounding a scenic lagoon of the same name, the Garden Route town of Knysna has plenty to offer.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Buffalo Bay and Adventure Land - Water Slides and Play Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like Plett Puzzle Park and Radical Raptors. Explore Knysna's surroundings by going to Plettenberg Bay (Robberg Nature Reserve & Plettenberg Beach), Wilderness (Parasailing & Paragliding, Dolphin Point Lookout, &more) and The Crags (Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, Birds of Eden, &more). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Bollard Bay, snap pictures at Storms River bridge, take an in-depth tour of Old Gaol and Art Gallery, and pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Knysna trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Knysna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Knysna are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

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