16 days in Garden Route & Port Elizabeth Itinerary

16 days in Garden Route & Port Elizabeth Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  4 h 15 min
1
Mossel Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  45 min
2
George
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h
3
Knysna
— 4 nights
Bus:  30 min
4
Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Port Elizabeth
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
End: Johannesburg

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.
Let the collections at Drostdy Museum and Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery capture your imagination. Escape the urban bustle at Meiringspoort Waterfall and Meiringspoort. Get out of town with these interesting Mossel Bay side-trips: Doornkraal Padstal (in De Rust) and Marloth Nature Reserve (in Swellendam). The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Jakkalsvlei Private Cellar, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, tour the pleasant surroundings at St. Blaize Trail, and play a few rounds at Pinnacle Point Golf Club.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Mossel Bay trip itinerary builder website.

Johannesburg to Mossel Bay is an approximately 4.5- hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Johannesburg, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Mossel Bay, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to George.

Things to do in Mossel Bay

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

De Rust, Swellendam, Boplaas Garden Route Tasting Room
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Meiringspoort Waterfall ©
Meiringspoort Waterfall
Drostdy Museum ©
Drostdy Museum
Meiringspoort ©
Meiringspoort

2
nights
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.
On the 24th (Thu), examine the collection at Outeniqua Transport Museum, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then stroll through Wilderness Beach. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Wilderness National Park and then play a few rounds at George Golf Club.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the George trip website.

Drive from Mossel Bay to George in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in December, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Knysna.

Things to do in George

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Wilderness
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Outeniqua Transport Museum ©
Outeniqua Transport Museum
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Wilderness National Park ©
Wilderness National Park

4
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Buffalo Bay and Bollard Bay. Get outdoors at Circles in the Forest and Knysna Heads. There's still lots to do: stroll through Goukamma Nature Reserve, browse the exhibits of Jandreart Studio, sample the tasty concoctions at Sedgefield Craft Brewery, and enjoy the sand and surf at Noetzie Beach.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Knysna trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by bus from George to Knysna takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. December in Knysna sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to catch the bus to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Noetzie Beach
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Bollard Bay ©
Bollard Bay
Buffalo Bay ©
Buffalo Bay
Simola Golf ©
Simola Golf

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary and Plettenberg Beach. Get in touch with nature at Radical Raptors and Goose Valley Golf Club. Step out of Plettenberg Bay to go to Nature's Valley and see Natures Valley Beach, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: stroll through Birds of Eden.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Plettenberg Bay travel planner.

Plettenberg Bay is just a short distance from Knysna. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Natures Valley Beach
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Radical Raptors ©
Radical Raptors
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Plettenberg Beach ©
Plettenberg Beach

3
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Shamwari Game Reserve and Sardinia Bay Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dolphin Beach and Cape Recife Local Authority Nature Reserve. Step out of Port Elizabeth to go to Grahamstown and see Cathedral of St Michael and St George, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's more to do: examine the collection at Volkswagen AutoPavillion, South Africa and look for gifts at Mastertons Coffee and Tea Specialists.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Port Elizabeth road trip site.

You can drive from Plettenberg Bay to Port Elizabeth in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January in Port Elizabeth, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Dolphin Beach, Cathedral of St Michael and St George
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Shamwari Game Reserve ©
Shamwari Game Reserve
Dolphin Beach
Dolphin Beach
Cape Recife Local Authority Nature Reserve ©
Cape Recife Local Authority Nature Reserve

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