15 days in Garden Route, Stellenbosch & Cape Town Itinerary

15 days in Garden Route, Stellenbosch & Cape Town Itinerary

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15 days in Garden Route, Stellenbosch & Cape Town Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Storms River
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Knysna
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h
4
George
— 1 night
+3
Fly + Bus + Foot + Train:  4​h 15​min
5
Stellenbosch
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h
6
Cape Town
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Johannesburg

2
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.
Shop till you drop at Porcupine Ceramics and The Potter. Get in touch with nature at Birds of Eden and Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve and do a tasting at Plettenvale Wines.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Plettenberg Bay trip itinerary planner .

Johannesburg to Plettenberg Bay is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from Johannesburg in March, plan for little chillier days in Plettenberg Bay, with highs around 27°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Storms River.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre ©
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre

1
night
Storms River

Storms River ©
Located on the famous Garden Route along the Indian Ocean coast, Storms River serves as a gateway to the nearby national park, drawing adventurous souls and ecotourists.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): trek along The Dolphin Trail and then view the masterpieces at Bitou Art Gallery.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Storms River trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Plettenberg Bay to Storms River takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Storms River are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Storms River

Parks Trails Outdoors
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The Dolphin Trail ©
The Dolphin Trail

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): explore the galleries of Jandreart Studio, then stop by Goldsmiths Knysna | Bespoke Jewellers | Diamond Dealers, then explore the striking landscape at Knysna Heads, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Peggy's African Art and Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Buffalo Bay, and then take in the exciting artwork at Scarab Village.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Knysna road trip planning website .

Drive from Storms River to Knysna in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to George.

Things to do in Knysna

Shopping Parks Museums
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Jandreart Studio ©
Jandreart Studio
Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads
Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Cape Palette Art Gallery, then see the interesting displays at Outeniqua Transport Museum, then look for gifts at Tiny Shop, and finally kick back and relax at Wilderness Beach.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the George road trip planning website .

Take a bus from Knysna to George in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In March in George, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Stellenbosch.

Things to do in George

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Wilderness
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Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Cape Palette Art Gallery ©
Cape Palette Art Gallery
Outeniqua Transport Museum ©
Outeniqua Transport Museum

3
nights
Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch ©
Straddling the banks of the Eerste River, the university town of Stellenbosch enjoys international fame for its renowned wine estates and gourmet restaurants.
Museum-lovers will appreciate First South African Perfume Museum and Franschhoek Motor Museum. Head to African Hands Art Gallery and Grand Provence Estatefor some retail therapy. Venture out of the city with trips to Senechal-Senekal Art Gallery (in Franschhoek) and Landskroon Wines (in Suider Paarl). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at The Stellenbosch Village Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Gavin Collins Art Gallery, do a tasting at Eikehof, and explore the galleries of Ghetto Art Gallery.

Before you visit Stellenbosch, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from George to Stellenbosch takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. March in Stellenbosch sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Cape Town.

Things to do in Stellenbosch

Museums Shopping Wineries

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Landskroon Wines
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First South African Perfume Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum
Boschendal Wine Estate ©
Boschendal Wine Estate

5
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Robben Island Museum and Groot Constantia. Get a sense of the local culture at District Six Museum and Cape Town Holocaust & Genocide Centre. There's much more to do: hunt for treasures at Greenmarket Square, get great views at Cape Point, enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, and examine the collection at South African Jewish Museum.

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You can take a bus from Stellenbosch to Cape Town in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Robben Island Museum ©
Robben Island Museum

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