5 days in Pretoria & Garden Route Itinerary

5 days in Pretoria & Garden Route Itinerary

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5 days in Pretoria & Garden Route Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Train:  45 min
1
Pretoria
— 1 night
+2
Train + Foot + Fly:  4 h
2
Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Wilderness
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h
End: Johannesburg

1
night
Pretoria

Pretoria ©
A hub of research and education, Pretoria remains a quiet city filled with significant historic buildings and fascinating museums.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Union Buildings, see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, then admire all the interesting features of Nelson Mandela Foundation, and finally browse the collection at National Library of South Africa. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Constitution Hill and then try your luck at Emperors Palace.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Pretoria road trip website .

Johannesburg to Pretoria is an approximately 1-hour train ride. You can also take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Johannesburg in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 22°C in Pretoria. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Pretoria

Museums Casinos Fun & Games

Side Trips

Johannesburg, Emperors Palace
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct ©
Emperors Palace ©
Emperors Palace

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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 11th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Garden Route National Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Brenton on Sea, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Knysna Heads, stroll through Knysna Elephant Park, and then stroll through Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Plettenberg Bay attractions planner .

Traveling by flight from Pretoria to Plettenberg Bay takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Wilderness.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Knysna
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Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads

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Wilderness

Wilderness ©
On a vacation in Wilderness, a coastal resort town on the Garden Route, you'll have easy access to a multitude of nature trails and activities set among the rivers, beaches, and forests of Wilderness National Park and Goukama Nature Reserve.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Mother Church, then make a trip to St Mark's Cathedral, and then kick back and relax at Wilderness Beach.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Wilderness trip builder site .

Getting from Plettenberg Bay to Wilderness by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Wilderness are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Wilderness

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

George
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Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Dutch Reformed Mother Church ©
Dutch Reformed Mother Church
St Mark's Cathedral ©
St Mark's Cathedral

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