9 days in Garden Route Itinerary

9 days in Garden Route Itinerary

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9 days in Garden Route Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
car:  3 h
1
Mossel Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Knysna
— 5 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  4 h 15 min
End: Cape Town

3
nights
Mossel Bay

Mossel Bay ©
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.
Bring the kids along to Redberry Farm and Hartenbos Waterpark. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mossel Bay: Oudtshoorn (Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, Swartberg Pass, & more). There's more to do: kick back and relax at Santos Beach.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Mossel Bay day trip planner .

Cape Town to Mossel Bay is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cape Town in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Mossel Bay: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Mossel Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Oudtshoorn, Redberry Farm
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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Redberry Farm ©
Redberry Farm
Wilgewandel Holiday Farm ©
Wilgewandel Holiday Farm

5
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.
Attractions like Brenton on Sea and Wilderness Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Knysna side-trips: Plettenberg Bay (Robberg Nature Reserve & Water World Wild Waters Fun Park), Dolphin Point Lookout (in Wilderness) and The Crags (Birds of Eden & Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Knysna Heads, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park, and kick back and relax at Buffalo Bay.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Knysna road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Mossel Bay to Knysna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Knysna, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Wilderness
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Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea

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