Garden Route

Garden Route

Lose yourself in the natural beauty of the Garden Route, with stunning mountains, landscapes, valleys, lakes, rivers, forests and beaches.

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 in the Western Cape 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.

  • Hiking
  • Bird watching
  • Kayaking
  • Canopy tours
  • Mountain biking
  • Fishing
  • Abseiling
  • Yachting
  • Whale watching
  • Bungee jumping

The best time to visit the Cape Winelands is during the summertime between December and February, as well as springtime, which starts in September and lasts until November. Autumn is quite enjoyable and from March to May, the days are warm with very little rain. The winter months between June and August are cold with heavy rainfalls.

  • Exquisite cuisine
  • Art galleries abound
  • Wine farms galore
  • A warm friendly atmosphere
  • Endless rows of vines in the countryside

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