22 days in Garden Route Itinerary

22 days in Garden Route Itinerary

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Knysna
— 6 nights
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Tsitsikamma National Park
— 4 nights
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Mossel Bay
— 5 nights
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Oudtshoorn
— 6 nights
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Knysna

— 6 nights
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 out of town with these interesting Knysna side-trips: The Crags (Birds of Eden, Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, &more) and Plettenberg Bay (Plettenberg Beach, Robberg Nature Reserve, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Knysna Heads, kick back and relax at Brenton on Sea, explore the activities along Knysna Lagoon, and stroll through Featherbed Nature Reserve.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Knysna trip maker.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Knysna is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Knysna is 1 hour. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Amsterdam in January: high temperatures in Knysna hover around 28°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to Tsitsikamma National Park.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

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Tsitsikamma National Park

— 4 nights
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 15th (Sat), hike the day away at The Dolphin Trail. The adventure continues: snap pictures at Suspension Bridge, stroll through Tsitsikamma Mountain Trail, hike along Otter Trail, and make a trip to Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tsitsikamma National Park journey maker tool.

You can drive from Knysna to Tsitsikamma National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Mossel Bay.

Things to do in Tsitsikamma National Park

Trails · Outdoors · Parks · Museums
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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mossel Bay: George (Cape Palette Art Gallery, Redberry Farm, &more) and Radical Raptors (in Plettenberg Bay). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex, trek along St. Blaize Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Santos Beach, and take an in-depth tour of Janine Iron and Washing Museum.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Mossel Bay trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Tsitsikamma National Park to Mossel Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Mossel Bay

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Oudtshoorn

— 6 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.
When in Oudtshoorn, make a side trip to see Outeniqua Pass in George, approximately George away. And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves, relax in the rural setting at Safari Ostrich Farm, explore and take pictures at Swartberg Pass, and get engrossed in the history at C.P Nel Museum.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Oudtshoorn trip site.

You can drive from Mossel Bay to Oudtshoorn in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Oudtshoorn can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

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