22 days in Cape Town & Garden Route Itinerary

22 days in Cape Town & Garden Route Itinerary

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Make it your trip
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Cape Town
— 10 nights
Fly
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Tsitsikamma National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Knysna
— 4 nights
Drive
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Oudtshoorn
— 4 nights
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Cape Town

— 10 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Cape Town is known for nature, beaches, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, explore the activities along Hout Bay, stroll through Clifton Beaches, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Two Oceans Aquarium.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Town sightseeing planner.

Manchester, UK to Cape Town is an approximately 17-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Manchester to Cape Town due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Manchester in January: high temperatures in Cape Town hover around 32°C and lows are around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Tsitsikamma National Park.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 26 — Feb 5:

Tsitsikamma National Park

— 3 nights
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 6th (Sun), hike the day away at The Dolphin Trail. There's more to do: stroll through Waterfall Trail and snap pictures at Suspension Bridge.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Tsitsikamma National Park route planner.

You can fly from Cape Town to Tsitsikamma National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cape Town in February, you will find days in Tsitsikamma National Park are slightly colder (28°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). On the 8th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Tsitsikamma National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Feb 5 — 8:

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to The Crags (Birds of Eden & Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre), Robberg Nature Reserve (in Plettenberg Bay) and Secrets of Knysna Forest (in Harkerville). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Knysna Heads, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route National Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Knysna trip builder website.

Getting from Tsitsikamma National Park to Knysna by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Knysna can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 8 — 12:

Oudtshoorn

— 4 nights

Ostrich Capital of the World

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.
Step out of Oudtshoorn to go to George and see Montagu Pass, which is approximately 56 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Cango Caves, experience rural life at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, cruise along Swartberg Pass, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Oudtshoorn online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Knysna to Oudtshoorn by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 12 — 16: