11 days in Western Cape Itinerary

11 days in Western Cape Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Western Cape journey planner

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Riversdale
— 1 night
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Mossel Bay
— 2 nights
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Wilderness
— 2 nights
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Knysna
— 3 nights
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Plettenberg Bay
— 1 night
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Barrydale
— 1 night
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Riversdale

— 1 night
On the 1st (Wed), hunt for treasures at Riversdale Old Jail / Die Tronk.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Riversdale attractions planner.

Cape Town to Riversdale is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Mossel Bay.

Things to do in Riversdale

Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 2:

Mossel Bay

— 2 nights

Bay of Attraction

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): stroll through St. Blaize Trail and then see the interesting displays at Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Santos Beach and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Mossel Bay trip builder website.

You can drive from Riversdale to Mossel Bay in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Wilderness.

Things to do in Mossel Bay

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 4:

Wilderness

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): get great views at Map of Africa Viewpoint and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Wilderness Beach, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then explore the activities along Wilderness Lagoon.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Wilderness attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Mossel Bay to Wilderness takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Wilderness are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Wilderness

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 6:

Knysna

— 3 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.
Knysna is known for nature, parks, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park, kick back and relax at Brenton on Sea, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and contemplate the waterfront views at Knysna Lagoon.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Knysna trip builder tool.

Drive from Wilderness to Knysna in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 9:

Plettenberg Bay

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): look for gifts at La Carla Mask Atelier, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Plettenberg Bay travel planner.

Plettenberg Bay is very close to Knysna. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Barrydale.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 10:

Barrydale

— 1 night
Barrydale is a village located on the border of the Overberg and Klein Karoo regions of the Western Cape Province in South Africa. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Magpie Gallery, then look for gifts at Hardys Memories of Africa African Art and Curios, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Barrydale Cellar.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Barrydale trip website.

Getting from Plettenberg Bay to Barrydale by car takes about 4 hours. In December in Barrydale, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 11th (Sat).

Things to do in Barrydale

Breweries & Distilleries · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 11:

Western Cape travel guide

4.3
Wineries & Vineyards · Mountains · Nature & Parks
Shifting landscapes of towering mountains, patchworks of farmlands, and sandy beaches draw visitors from all around the world to the Western Cape. Delve into the bustling commercial and industrial center of Cape Town, or tour quaint wineries dotting the countryside, where you'll receive a warm welcome and plenty of gastronomic delights. Active vacations in the Western Cape make the most of a large number of outdoor activities and extreme sports, such as bungee-jumping, 4x4 driving, and jeep safaris through the region's wilderness.