11 days in Garden Route Itinerary

11 days in Garden Route Itinerary

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11 days in Garden Route Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  4​h
1
Wilderness
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Plettenberg Bay
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Johannesburg

4
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.
Outeniqua Transport Museum and Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex will appeal to museum buffs. Get in touch with nature at Wilderness Beach and Brenton on Sea. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Wilderness: Oudtshoorn (Cango Wildlife Ranch & Cango Caves), Janine Iron and Washing Museum (in Hartenbos) and Buffalo Bay (in Knysna). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Cola Beach, steep yourself in history at Montagu Pass Old Toll House, view the masterpieces at Pharoah Art Gallery, and stop by Glass Roots Studio.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Wilderness trip planning app .

Johannesburg to Wilderness is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Johannesburg in January: highs in Wilderness hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Wilderness

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

George, Knysna, Mossel Bay, Oudtshoorn
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Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

6
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 outdoors at Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary and Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre. Head to Bitou Art Gallery and Porcupine Ceramicsfor plenty of shopping. Venture out of the city with trips to Knysna (Holy Trinity Church, Jandreart Studio, & more). There's still lots to do: stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve, play a few rounds at Simola Golf, browse the fresh offerings at Elephant Walk Farm Stall, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Christopher Catholic Church.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Plettenberg Bay travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Wilderness to Plettenberg Bay takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Plettenberg Bay sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Knysna, Bitou Art Gallery
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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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