5 days in Garden Route & Port Elizabeth Itinerary

5 days in Garden Route & Port Elizabeth Itinerary

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5 days in Garden Route & Port Elizabeth Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  2​h 30​min
1
George
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Port Elizabeth
— 1 night
End: Cape Town

1
night
George

George ©
Benefiting from a pleasant climate and prime location on the Garden Route, the town of George serves as the Southern Cape's premier tourism hub.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): view the masterpieces at Cape Palette Art Gallery and then kick back and relax at Wilderness Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: relax in the rural setting at Redberry Farm and then make a splash at Hartenbos Waterpark.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the George trip itinerary planning tool .

Cape Town to George is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in George can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in George

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Wilderness Beach, Hartenbos Waterpark
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Redberry Farm ©
Redberry Farm
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Cape Palette Art Gallery ©
Cape Palette Art Gallery

2
nights
Plettenberg Bay

Plettenberg Bay ©
As one of South Africa's most popular beach destinations, the resort town of Plettenberg Bay comes to life in December and January, when the holiday homes fill up with domestic tourists and foreigner visitors.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Brenton on Sea and then stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cool off at Water World Wild Waters Fun Park, then stroll through Knysna Elephant Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Birds of Eden, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route National Park.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Plettenberg Bay day trip planning app .

You can take a bus from George to Plettenberg Bay in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In December in Plettenberg Bay, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Knysna
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden

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night
Port Elizabeth

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 30th (Mon): kick back and relax at Sardinia Bay Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Hobie Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at King's Beach.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Port Elizabeth trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Plettenberg Bay to Port Elizabeth takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in December, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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