22 days in Garden Route Itinerary

22 days in Garden Route Itinerary

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22 days in Garden Route Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h 45​min
1
Oudtshoorn
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Knysna
— 10 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Storms River
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  7​h
End: Johannesburg

8
nights
Oudtshoorn

Oudtshoorn ©
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.
Visit Cape St Blaize Lighthouse and St Jude's Anglican Church for their historical value. Step out of the city life by going to Cango Caves and Santos Beach. Explore Oudtshoorn's surroundings by going to Jakkalsvlei Private Cellar (in Herbertsdale), La Chocolaterie Rococo (in Great Brak River) and George (St Mark's Cathedral, Outeniqua Transport Museum, & more). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of C.P Nel Museum, experience rural life at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, take a memorable drive along Swartberg Pass, and learn about winemaking at Karusa Vineyards.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Oudtshoorn trip planner .

Johannesburg to Oudtshoorn is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Johannesburg in December: highs in Oudtshoorn hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Knysna.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Mossel Bay, George
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Outeniqua Transport Museum ©
Outeniqua Transport Museum
Santos Beach ©
Santos Beach
Shark Diving

10
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Scarab Village and Holy Trinity Church. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary and Radical Raptors. Venture out of the city with trips to Wilderness (Parasailing & Paragliding, Wilderness National Park, & more), Plettenberg Bay (Robberg 5 Beach, Nelson Bay Cave, & more) and The Crags (Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, & more). There's lots more to do: stroll through Bollard Bay, explore the galleries of Jandreart Studio, enjoy the sand and surf at Buffalo Bay, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route National Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Knysna trip planner .

Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Knysna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can go by car to Storms River.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Wilderness, Garden Route Mall
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Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Buffalo Bay ©
Buffalo Bay
Wilderness National Park ©
Wilderness National Park

3
nights
Storms River

Storms River ©
Located on the famous Garden Route along the Indian Ocean coast, Storms River serves as a gateway to the nearby national park, drawing adventurous souls and ecotourists.
Get in touch with nature at Waterfall Trail and River Rafting & Tubing. Discover out-of-the-way places like The Dolphin Trail and Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree. There's much more to do: hike along Otter Trail, take in the exciting artwork at Bitou Art Gallery, and take in the views from Suspension Bridge.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Storms River trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Knysna to Storms River in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Storms River are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Storms River

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Tsitsikamma National Park
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The Dolphin Trail ©
The Dolphin Trail
Otter Trail ©
Otter Trail
Waterfall Trail ©
Waterfall Trail

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