8 days in Garden Route Itinerary

8 days in Garden Route Itinerary

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Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
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Knysna
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tsitsikamma National Park
— 1 night
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Oudtshoorn — 2 nights

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.
Oudtshoorn is known for nature, parks, and scenic drive. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: Head underground at Cango Caves, stroll through Cango Wildlife Ranch, admire all the interesting features of Swartberg Pass, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Oudtshoorn journey builder website.

Johannesburg to Oudtshoorn is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Johannesburg in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Oudtshoorn: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car to Knysna.
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Knysna — 4 nights

Enshrouded in lush indigenous forest and surrounding a scenic lagoon of the same name, the Garden Route town of Knysna has plenty to offer.
Change things up with these side-trips from Knysna: Plettenberg Bay (Robberg Nature Reserve & Sanctuary Beach) and The Crags (Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, Birds of Eden, &more). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Knysna Elephant Park, take an in-depth tour of Old Gaol and Art Gallery, take in the dramatic natural features at Knysna Heads, and see the interesting displays at The Motorcycle Room.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Knysna trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Knysna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Oudtshoorn in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Knysna, with lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can go by car to Tsitsikamma National Park.
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Tsitsikamma National Park — 1 night

On a tour of Tsitsikamma National Park, walk through an 800-year-old forest of endemic yellowwood trees, explore diverse coastlines, and hit the array of hiking trails.
On the 1st (Thu), take in the views from Bloukrans Bridge, then snap pictures at Suspension Bridge, and then don't miss a visit to Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Tsitsikamma National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Knysna to Tsitsikamma National Park in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Tsitsikamma National Park can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.
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