15 days in Cape Town & Garden Route Itinerary

15 days in Cape Town & Garden Route Itinerary

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15 days in Cape Town & Garden Route Itinerary

Start: Durban
Fly:  4​h
1
Cape Town
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Plettenberg Bay
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
3
George
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
End: Durban

6
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
You'll get in some beach time at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Bloubergstrand Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and Voelklip Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Cape Town side-trips: Honingklip Brewery & Restaurant (in Botrivier), Franschhoek (First South African Perfume Museum & Eikehof) and Robertson (Owl's Rest Olive and Lavender Farm & Marbrin Olive Growers). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, explore the striking landscape at Twelve Apostles, enjoy the sand and surf at Fish Hoek Beach, and explore and take pictures at Chapman's Peak Drive.

To find out how to plan a trip to Cape Town, use our trip itinerary maker.

Durban to Cape Town is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Durban in December; daily highs in Cape Town reach 30°C and lows reach 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Robertson, Franschhoek, Voelklip Beach, Chapman's Peak Drive, Honingklip Brewery & Restaurant
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

4
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.
Visit Brenton on Sea and Buffalo Bay for some beach relaxation. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary and Storms River Suspension Bridge. Step out of Plettenberg Bay to go to Knysna and see Garden Route National Park, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: stroll through Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary, contemplate the waterfront views at Knysna Lagoon, make a trip to Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree, and learn about winemaking at Plettenvale Wines.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Plettenberg Bay journey planning website .

You can fly from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Plettenberg Bay are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can take a bus to George.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Knysna, Tsitsikamma National Park
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Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Buffalo Bay ©
Buffalo Bay

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Wilderness Beach and Wilderness National Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around George: Oudtshoorn (Cango Caves & Highgate Ostrich Show Farm). There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, experience rural life at Redberry Farm, take in the exciting artwork at Cape Palette Art Gallery, and get your game on at Happy Valley.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our George vacation app .

Take a bus from Plettenberg Bay to George in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daytime highs in George are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in George

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Wilderness, Oudtshoorn
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Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Wilderness National Park ©
Wilderness National Park
Parasailing & Paragliding

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