7 days in Garden Route & Port Elizabeth Itinerary

7 days in Garden Route & Port Elizabeth Itinerary

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7 days in Garden Route & Port Elizabeth Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Drive:  4​h 30​min
1
Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Port Elizabeth
— 1 night
End: Cape Town

2
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Wilderness Beach and Redberry Farm. There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves, admire the landmark architecture of St Jude's Anglican Church, experience rural life at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, and stroll through Safari Ostrich Show Farm.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Oudtshoorn route tool .

Cape Town to Oudtshoorn is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. December in Oudtshoorn sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Redberry Farm, Wilderness Beach
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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Redberry Farm ©
Redberry Farm

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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.
Kids will enjoy Brenton on Sea and Buffalo Bay. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Plettenberg Bay: Knysna (Knysna Heads & Garden Route National Park). There's lots more to do: stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve, browse the fresh offerings at Elephant Walk Farm Stall, and make a splash at Water World Wild Waters Fun Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Plettenberg Bay trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Plettenberg Bay are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Knysna
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Buffalo Bay ©
Buffalo Bay

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 31st (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Sardinia Bay Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Hobie Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at King's Beach.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Port Elizabeth online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Plettenberg Bay to Port Elizabeth in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Port Elizabeth are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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