15 days in Garden Route & Cape Town Itinerary

15 days in Garden Route & Cape Town Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Jeddah
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  15 h 45 min
1
Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Wilderness
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
3
Cape Town
— 7 nights
Fly:  13 h 15 min
End: Jeddah

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.
Visiting Robberg Nature Reserve and Birds of Eden will get you outdoors. Do your shopping at Mosaic Outdoor Market and Elephant Walk Farm Stall. Explore Plettenberg Bay's surroundings by going to Cola Beach (in Sedgefield), Knysna Heads (in Knysna) and Otter Trail (in Tsitsikamma National Park). There's more to do: stroll through Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre.

For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Plettenberg Bay road trip planning site.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Plettenberg Bay is an approximately 15.5- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Jeddah in January; daily highs in Plettenberg Bay reach 28°C and lows reach 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Wilderness.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Knysna, Otter Trail
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Otter Trail ©
Otter Trail

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Cango Caves and Cango Wildlife Ranch. Do your shopping at Cali Craft & Gems and Cape Palette Art Gallery. Step out of Wilderness to go to Oudtshoorn and see Safari Ostrich Show Farm, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Wilderness Beach, view the masterpieces at Pharoah Art Gallery, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kaaiman's River.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Wilderness vacation planner.

Getting from Plettenberg Bay to Wilderness by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Wilderness are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Wilderness

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Oudtshoorn, Cape Palette Art Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach

7
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Get outdoors at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Clifton Beaches. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Llandudno Beach and Camp's Bay Beach. There's still lots to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Greenmarket Square, explore and take pictures at Robben Island Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Lion's Head, and hike along Platteklip Gorge.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Cape Town trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by flight from Wilderness to Cape Town takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge

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