9 days in Port Elizabeth, Garden Route & Cape Town Itinerary

9 days in Port Elizabeth, Garden Route & Cape Town Itinerary

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9 days in Port Elizabeth, Garden Route & Cape Town Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Port Elizabeth
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Knysna
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Johannesburg

1
night
Port Elizabeth

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): stroll through Kragga Kamma Game Park and then take in the views from Storms River Bridge (Paul Sauer Bridge). Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at King's Beach and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Port Elizabeth sightseeing planner .

Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, you will find days in Port Elizabeth are slightly colder (28°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
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Safaris
Kragga Kamma Game Park ©
Kragga Kamma Game Park
Storms River bridge ©
Storms River bridge

3
nights
Knysna

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Garden Route National Park and Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Knysna Lagoon and Brenton on Sea. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Knysna: Parasailing & Paragliding (in Wilderness), Storms River Suspension Bridge (in Tsitsikamma National Park) and Birds of Eden (in The Crags). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church.

For ratings and more tourist information, go to the Knysna trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Port Elizabeth to Knysna takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. December in Knysna sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Parasailing & Paragliding, Suspension Bridge
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Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park

4
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Relax by the water at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Fish Hoek Beach. Visiting Robben Island Museum and Twelve Apostles will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cape Town: Stellenbosch (Stellenbosch Toy & Miniature Museum & Dyman Gallery) and Franschhoek (Eikehof, First South African Perfume Museum, & more). And it doesn't end there: hike along Platteklip Gorge, cruise along Chapman's Peak Drive, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Cape Town travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Knysna to Cape Town takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Stellenbosch, Chapman's Peak Drive
Highlights from your plan
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge
Kayaking & Canoeing

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