16 days in Garden Route & Port Elizabeth Itinerary

16 days in Garden Route & Port Elizabeth Itinerary

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Mossel Bay
— 3 nights
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George
— 2 nights
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Knysna
— 4 nights
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Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
Drive
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Port Elizabeth
— 3 nights
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Mossel Bay

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.
Let the collections at Drostdy Museum and Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery capture your imagination. Escape the urban bustle at St. Blaize Trail and Marloth Nature Reserve. Get out of town with these interesting Mossel Bay side-trips: De Rust (Meiringspoort Waterfall, Meiringspoort, &more). There's lots more to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, do a tasting at Boplaas Garden Route Tasting Room, and play a few rounds at Pinnacle Point Golf Club.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Mossel Bay day trip planning site.

Johannesburg to Mossel Bay is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, expect nights in Mossel Bay to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to George.

Things to do in Mossel Bay

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

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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.
On the 24th (Thu), examine the collection at Outeniqua Transport Museum, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then stroll through Wilderness Beach. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Wilderness National Park and then play a few rounds at George Golf Club.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the George trip website.

Drive from Mossel Bay to George in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in December, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in George

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trip

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Knysna

Enshrouded in lush indigenous forest and surrounding a scenic lagoon of the same name, the Garden Route town of Knysna has plenty to offer.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Buffalo Bay and Noetzie Beach. Family-friendly places like Knysna Elephant Park and Circles in the Forest will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Goukamma Nature Reserve, kick back and relax at Bollard Bay, take in the exciting artwork at Jandreart Studio, and play a few rounds at Simola Golf.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Knysna online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from George to Knysna takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

3
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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary and Plettenberg Beach. Kids will appreciate attractions like Robberg Nature Reserve and Goose Valley Golf Club. Take a break from Plettenberg Bay with a short trip to Natures Valley Beach in Nature's Valley, about 32 minutes away. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Radical Raptors.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Plettenberg Bay itinerary planner.

Plettenberg Bay is just a stone's throw from Knysna. December in Plettenberg Bay sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

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Port Elizabeth

Windy City

The sprawling city of Port Elizabeth, nestled on the scenic Algoa Bay, draws visitors with its sandy beaches, mild climate, and an enviable location as the gateway to the famous Garden Route.
Take a break from the city and head to Shamwari Game Reserve and Cape Recife Local Authority Nature Reserve. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Dolphin Beach and Sardinia Bay Beach. Go for a jaunt from Port Elizabeth to Grahamstown to see Cathedral of St Michael and St George about 1h 30 min away. It doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Volkswagen AutoPavillion, South Africa and look for gifts at Mastertons Coffee and Tea Specialists.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Elizabeth trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Plettenberg Bay to Port Elizabeth takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Port Elizabeth are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips