17 days in Garden Route Itinerary

17 days in Garden Route Itinerary

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Plettenberg Bay
— 7 nights
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Oudtshoorn
— 4 nights
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Mossel Bay
— 5 nights
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Plettenberg Bay

— 7 nights
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 Buffalo Bay and Bollard Bay for some beach relaxation. Discover out-of-the-way places like Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary and Plettenberg Beach. Explore Plettenberg Bay's surroundings by going to Knysna (Garden Route National Park, Knysna Heads, &more) and Sedgefield Craft Brewery (in Sedgefield). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Birds of Eden, take an exotic tour of Ocean Safaris, and play a few rounds at Goose Valley Golf Club.

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Johannesburg to Plettenberg Bay is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Johannesburg in December, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Plettenberg Bay: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

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Oudtshoorn

— 4 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Cango Caves and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Explore hidden gems such as Meiringspoort Waterfall and Meiringspoort. Venture out of the city with trips to George (Herold Wine Estate & Montagu Pass Old Toll House) and Calitzdorp (Gallery Route 62 & Penny's Place, Du'SwaRoo Wine and Olive farm, &more). The adventure continues: kick your exploration up a notch at Cango Caves Estate & Zipline, tour the pleasant surroundings at Meerkat Magic, head outdoors with Waterval Rust en Vrede, and learn about winemaking at Doornkraal Padstal.

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Traveling by car from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Mossel Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Wineries

Side Trips

Mossel Bay

— 5 nights

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Santos Beach and ReedValley. Visiting Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Umkhondo Big Five will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Mossel Bay: Wilderness (Wilderness Beach & Perdepoort Horse Tails). And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, do a tasting at Boplaas Garden Route Tasting Room, enjoy the sand and surf at Diaz Beach, and examine the collection at Janine Iron and Washing Museum.

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Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Mossel Bay takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Mossel Bay are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Mossel Bay

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wineries

Side Trips