Explore the Garden Route in South Africa and discover forests, beaches, wildlife sanctuaries and more.
Stretching between Mossel Bay in the Western Cape and Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, the Garden Route in South Africa is the country’s most celebrated and spellbinding coastline. This 300 km stretch of memory-making shoreline is filled with ancient forests, quaint villages, and tucked-away wine estates.
The Garden Route’s changing landscapes promise unique experiences, from treetop canopy tours in Tsitsikamma and bungee jumping in Plettenburg Bay to leisurely lagoon cruises in Knysna – the heart of the Garden Route. The nearby Klein Karoo town of Oudtshoorn is worth visiting to explore working ostrich farms and see the incredible geological formations of the Cango Caves.
A popular destination for families, couples, and foodies, the Garden Route can be enjoyed both on a self-drive holiday or guided tour.
Most visitors on a Garden Route holiday base themselves in Knysna, a quaint town that hosts the famous Knysna Oyster Festival every winter. With the Knysna Heads standing sentinel over the peaceful lagoon, Knysna is a picturesque Garden Route destination and an easy place to spend a few days.
Not to be missed is Plettenberg Bay, which is famous for its endless stretch of beaches and unique wildlife sanctuaries and the Tsitsikamma Forest (where, legend has it, rate forest elephants still roam). Head to Storms River Village for access to adventure activities, and St Francis Bay for watersports.
The Garden Route is also home to some of the best golf courses in South Africa, these being the three Gary Player designed courses of the Fancourt resort: the Links, Simola, and Pezula.
Top Experiences on the Garden Route
In Knysna, take a cruise around the Knysna Heads to the Featherbed Private Nature Reserve, walk with elephants at the Knysna Elephant Park, and dine on fresh oysters at the Knysna Waterfront.
Thrill seekers, jump the Bloukrans Bungee, walk the suspension bridge across the Storms River Mouth, or go ziplining from platform to platform on a tree canopy tour in the Tsitsikamma forest.
The Cango Caves in Oudtshoorn are the most visited cave system in Africa. Marvel at the sights from the massive Botha’s Hall to the narrow Devil’s Chimney.
When to Travel to the Garden Route
With its temperate climate, the Garden Route is enjoyable any time of the year. Temperatures are highest between November and April, but as this is a coastal climate, it can rain at any time, especially during June and July.
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