5 days in Garden Route & Port Elizabeth Itinerary

5 days in Garden Route & Port Elizabeth Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Cape Town
Fly + Taxi:  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
Fly:  2 h 45 min
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 enjoy the sand and surf at Wilderness Beach. Keep things going the next day: relax in the rural setting at Redberry Farm and then make a splash at Hartenbos Waterpark.

To find reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our George route tool.

Cape Town to George is an approximately 2.5- hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to catch the bus to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in George

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Hartenbos Waterpark, Wilderness Beach
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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.
On the 28th (Sat), kick back and relax at Brenton on Sea and then stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: make a splash at Water World Wild Waters Fun Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park, then stroll through Birds of Eden, and finally explore the striking landscape of Garden Route National Park.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Plettenberg Bay trip itinerary website.

Traveling by bus from George to Plettenberg Bay takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daytime highs in Plettenberg Bay are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Knysna
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Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Water World Wild Waters Fun Park ©
Water World Wild Waters Fun Park

1
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.
On the 30th (Mon), kick back and relax at Sardinia Bay Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Hobie Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at King's Beach.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Port Elizabeth trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Plettenberg Bay to Port Elizabeth takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Port Elizabeth can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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