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Along the Garden Route

Updated: Oct 20, 2021


The Garden Route is a 300km journey along the south-eastern coast of South Africa that stretches from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to Storm's River in the Eastern Cape. This trip can be done over a number of days as the more time you have for exploring the better. Below are a few places of interest to consider visiting on the Garden Route.

Knysna


Knysna is one of South Africa's most popular holiday destinations, and it is often frequented by locals who choose to spend their summer days on the Knysna Lagoon. This destination is incredibly scenic and its most notable features are the Knysna Heads - two towering cliffs that are the gateway between the lagoon and the sea. A ferry trip to Featherbed Nature Reserve is one of the top attractions and during the winter months there is the annual Oyster Festival, which runs for ten days and is a mix of live music, great food and sporting events. The humpback and southern right whales arrive between June and November so whale watching is another activity worth adding to the itinerary.

Highgate Ostrich Show Farm


Oudtshoorn


What brings travelers to Oudtshoorn? Ostriches and caves! This area is referred to as the 'Ostrich capital of the world' and is where you will find hundreds of Ostrich farms surrounding the town, which is nestled in the Klein Karoo. A highlight is to visit a working Ostrich farm and not far from Oudtshoorn, in the Swartberg Mountains, lie the Cango Caves. These are the largest show caves in South Africa and also one of the oldest tourist attractions in the country. An hour's tour will take you into the caves for a magical experience.

Cape Summer Villas - The Bungalow


Plettenberg Bay


Miles of golden beaches are what draw travelers to this neck of the woods as well as the iconic Roberg Peninsula that is a favourite among hikers. Plett is the perfect place for days spent lounging on the beach or for the more active traveler there are plenty of sports you can get involved in. There are also a number of wildlife sanctuaries in this area as well as marine safaris, which are awesome activities for the whole family. Waking up to a view of the ocean is definitely food for the soul!

Tsitsikamma


Tsitsikamma is a Khoi San word meaning ' the place of abundant or sparkling waters'. This area is truly a nature's paradise and is positioned on a high plateau bordered by mountains in the north and the Indian Ocean in the south. Bungee jumping, canopy tours, beach horse rides or black water tubing are just some of the things you can do in this part of the world and giving yourself time to explore the beautiful forests is also well worth it!


When customising Garden Route packages for guests we always give them a few days in Cape Town prior to the Garden Route and finish off the tour with a Big Five Safari in the Eastern Cape. This is a very popular trip among guests as it showcases the diversity of our beautiful country.


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Garden Route Travel Tourism


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