8 days in Cape Town & Garden Route Itinerary

8 days in Cape Town & Garden Route Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa travel route planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Cape Town
— 3 nights
Fly
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Plettenberg Bay
— 1 night
Drive
3
Tsitsikamma National Park
— 1 night
Drive
4
Knysna
— 1 night
Drive
5
Mossel Bay
— 1 night
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Cape Town

— 3 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Robben Island Museum and Groot Constantia. Take a break from the city and head to Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Cape Point. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at District Six Museum, indulge your senses at Wine Flies Wine Tours - Day Tours, do a tasting at Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Victoria Road (M6).

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Town day trip website.

Johannesburg to Cape Town is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Wineries

Plettenberg Bay

— 1 night
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.
On the 8th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, tour the pleasant surroundings at Birds of Eden, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Christopher Catholic Church, and finally do a tasting at Plettenvale Wines.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Plettenberg Bay trip planner.

You can fly from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cape Town in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Plettenberg Bay, with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tsitsikamma National Park.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Wineries · Historic Sites

Tsitsikamma National Park

— 1 night
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 9th (Fri), make a trip to Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree, then browse the exhibits of Bitou Art Gallery, and then trek along Otter Trail.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Tsitsikamma National Park trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Plettenberg Bay to Tsitsikamma National Park takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Tsitsikamma National Park can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to Knysna.

Things to do in Tsitsikamma National Park

Trails · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Knysna

— 1 night
Enshrouded in lush indigenous forest and surrounding a scenic lagoon of the same name, the Garden Route town of Knysna has plenty to offer.
On the 10th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church, view the masterpieces at Jandreart Studio, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park, and finally explore the striking landscape at Knysna Heads.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Knysna trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Tsitsikamma National Park to Knysna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Knysna are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Mossel Bay.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Mossel Bay

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Janine Iron and Washing Museum, then do a tasting at Boplaas Garden Route Tasting Room, then learn about winemaking at Jakkalsvlei Private Cellar, and finally stop by Township Angels.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Mossel Bay day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Knysna to Mossel Bay takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mossel Bay

Wineries · Museums · Shopping

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