The Garden Route is one of South Africa’s richest botanical treasures where travellers can lose themselves in the beauty of the region’s incredible mountain ranges, remarkable views, colourful landscapes with valleys, lakes, rivers and forests, as well as kilometres of beautiful, white sandy beaches.
The Garden Route has a well-developed tourist infrastructure and has several wonderful little towns with top class accommodation dotted all along the coastline. This area is great for game viewing especially in Oudtshoorn and Plettenberg Bay near Tsitsikamma.
The Garden Route forms part of the Cape Floral Heritage Site and between July and December this peaceful area forms a fabulous setting for a mass explosion of flowers including the Proteas, Vygies and Pincushions, as well as a variety of species of Fynbos. The Garden Route is renowned for its infinite stretches of beaches that are enclosed by mountains with lakes and valleys running through. It is a holidaymaker’s Mecca and if you do not feel like spending time at one of the wonderful beaches, there is a load of activities to enjoy in the neighbouring towns.
Knysna is located in the heart of the Garden Route and has been voted South Africa’s favourite town twice. It is regarded as friendly and welcoming with loads of attractions and activities to keep you busy. Nature lovers will be spoilt for choice with all the hiking trails, bird, dolphin and whale watching opportunities, as well as some of the best adventure activities on offer in the area like tree-top tours and deep-sea fishing.
Plettenberg Bay, or Plett, is regarded as the most fashionable spot on the Garden Route. With magnificent beaches stretching for miles, a range of championship golf courses and a variety of water sports, it’s definitely a playground for the rich. But there’s more to this little town than you think, it’s one of the top destinations for whale and dolphin watching, the diving is excellent, the surfing is amazing and there are some splendid hiking trails that offer many great day walks.
Wilderness does not just overlook the sea; it is also home to the placid lagoon called the Serpentine, which winds along the Touw River, Island Lake and Rondevlei. This is a great location for water-skiing and attracts thousands of enthusiasts’ from all over the world.
Travellers often forget about the coastal village of George, which is probably the largest town along the Garden Route. We have some wonderful accommodation in George if you are looking for a one night stay, or to base yourself here for your holiday.
- Bird watching
- Canopy tours
- Mountain biking
- Whale watching
- Bungee jumping
Because the Garden Route is exceptionally popular with locals and international visitors, if you are looking for a quiet holiday, it is best to avoid it during the school holiday periods, especially from mid-December up to early January. It gets very crowded and the prices for everything can double!
The moderate climate makes the Garden Route ideal for outdoor adventures throughout the year and visitors can enjoy a variety of activities. The winter weather is also marvellous with sunny days and temperatures that rarely drop below 8º C.
- Lush green landscape
- Huge choice of activities
- Warm oceans
- Great surfing
- Fun holiday vibes