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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kragga Kamma Game Park and then snap pictures at Storms River Bridge (Paul Sauer Bridge). On your second day here, kick back and relax at King's Beach and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find out how to plan a trip to Port Elizabeth, use our trip itinerary maker.

Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Johannesburg in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Port Elizabeth: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Knysna.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
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.
Get in touch with nature at Garden Route National Park and Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Knysna Lagoon and Brenton on Sea. Venture out of the city with trips to Parasailing & Paragliding (in Wilderness), Storms River Suspension Bridge (in Tsitsikamma National Park) and Birds of Eden (in The Crags). It doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Knysna trip planning app .

Drive from Port Elizabeth to Knysna in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In December in Knysna, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 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, Suspension Bridge, Parasailing & Paragliding
Highlights from your plan
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.
Visit Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Fish Hoek Beach for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at Robben Island Museum and Kayaking & Canoeing. Get out of town with these interesting Cape Town side-trips: Stellenbosch (Stellenbosch Toy & Miniature Museum & Dyman Gallery) and Franschhoek (Eikehof, First South African Perfume Museum, & more). There's much more to do: trek along Platteklip Gorge, take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, take a memorable drive along Chapman's Peak Drive, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Point Ostrich Farm.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cape Town journey planner .

Traveling by flight from Knysna to Cape Town takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Cape Town, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time 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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