Garden Route

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The Garden Route is a popular and scenic stretch of the south-eastern coast of South Africa, featuring an exquisite mix of wide beaches, enchanting forests, peaceful lagoons and vibrant seaside towns. It stretches from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to the Storms River which is crossed along the N2 coastal highway over the Paul Sauer Bridge in the extreme western reach of the neighbouring Eastern Cape.

The name comes from the verdant and ecologically diverse vegetation encountered here and the numerous lagoons and lakes dotted along the coast. It includes towns such as Mossel Bay, Knysna, Oudtshoorn, Plettenberg Bay and Nature’s Valley; with George, the Garden Route’s largest city and main administrative centre.

This malaria-free region is also a paradise for nature-lovers and outdoor enthusiasts, and is conveniently close to the Big 5 game reserves of the Eastern Cape.

‘Adrenalin Junkies’ will find their Mecca, with a number of exceptional adventure activities on offer – including the world’s highest bungee bridge at Storm’s River, tree-top canopy tours, cliff diving, horse riding, hang-gliding, and much more.

The Garden Route is an ideal destination for a self-drive holiday, offering a wide range of accommodation to suit every budget and personality. You can expect warm hospitality, great food and exceptional views.

 Recommended Attractions:

  • Oudtshoorn:  Cango Caves, Ostrich Farms, Crocodile Farm, ArtKaroo Art Gallery
  • Calitzdorp:  adventure activities, wine & port cellars
  • Mossel Bay & Great Brak:  Historical attractions, golf & other activities
  • George:  golf, monuments, Outeniqua Transport Museum
  • Herolds Bay:  Whale watching, Dolphin views
  • Victoria Bay & Wilderness:  surfing, paragliding, hiking
  • Knysna:  Waterfront, Knysna Heads & Lagoon, Fine Art Galleries, Estuary Kayaking, Notzie Beach & Castle, Big Tree, Elephant Park, Thole Township, boat trips, Mitchell’s Brewery Tour, Oyster Tour,  Redberry Farm (in season),
  • Plettenberg Bay:  Elephant Sanctuary,  Keurbooms River Cruise, historical buildings, Monkeyland, Whale watching cruises, hiking, beaches, Birds of Eden
  • Stormsriver & Tsitikamma:  Bungee Jumping, hiking trails, adventure activities & canopy tours, Paul Sauer Bridge


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