17 days in Garden Route Itinerary

17 days in Garden Route Itinerary

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Train to London Heathrow, Fly to George
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Knysna
— 7 nights
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Tsitsikamma National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Oudtshoorn
— 5 nights
Fly to London Heathrow, Train to Exeter

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Knysna

— 7 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Knysna side-trips: The Potter (in Harkerville), The Crags (Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, &more) and Plettenberg Bay (Plettenvale Wines, St. Christopher Catholic Church, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Knysna Heads, admire the landmark architecture of St George's Anglican Church, see the interesting displays at The Motorcycle Room, and contemplate the waterfront views at Knysna Lagoon.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Knysna trip itinerary planner.

Exeter, UK to Knysna is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Exeter to Knysna. In October, daily temperatures in Knysna can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Tsitsikamma National Park.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Tsitsikamma National Park

— 4 nights
On a tour of Tsitsikamma National Park, walk through an 800-year-old forest of endemic yellowwood trees, explore diverse coastlines, and hit the array of hiking trails.
On the 13th (Wed), hike the day away at The Dolphin Trail. The adventure continues: take in the views from Suspension Bridge, make a trip to Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree, head outdoors with Tsitsikamma Woodcutters Journey, and hike along Tsitsikamma Mountain Trail.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Tsitsikamma National Park route planning tool.

You can drive from Knysna to Tsitsikamma National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Tsitsikamma National Park, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Tsitsikamma National Park

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Shopping

Oudtshoorn

— 5 nights

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to La Chocolaterie Rococo (in Great Brak River), Janine Iron and Washing Museum (in Hartenbos) and Mossel Bay (Shark Diving & The Shark Lab). The adventure continues: Head underground at Cango Caves, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Safari Ostrich Show Farm, and explore and take pictures at Swartberg Pass.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Oudtshoorn online vacation planner.

Drive from Tsitsikamma National Park to Oudtshoorn in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip