8 days in Garden Route & Cape Town Itinerary

8 days in Garden Route & Cape Town Itinerary

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8 days in Garden Route & Cape Town Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  4 h 30 min
1
Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
2
Cape Town
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
End: Johannesburg

2
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.
Let the collections at Bitou Art Gallery and Jandreart Studio capture your imagination. Get outdoors at Robberg Nature Reserve and Knysna Elephant Park. Get out of town with these interesting Plettenberg Bay side-trips: Cola Beach (in Sedgefield) and St George's Anglican Church (in Knysna). It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Birds of Eden.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Plettenberg Bay tour itinerary planner.

Johannesburg to Plettenberg Bay is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from Johannesburg in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Plettenberg Bay, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Knysna, Bitou Art Gallery
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Knysna Elephant Park ©
Knysna Elephant Park

5
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Robben Island Museum and Irma Stern Museum will appeal to history buffs. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Cape of Good Hope and Clifton Beaches. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, take in the pleasant sights at Maclear's Beacon, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Signal Hill, and trek along Platteklip Gorge.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Cape Town travel route planning tool .

You can fly from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Cape Town are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

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