Garden Route

South Africa’s Garden Route is holiday perfect: long sandy beaches, magnificent forests, lagoons, rivers and a million things to do. Although the official start of the Garden Route is Mossel Bay, you know you’ve arrived somewhere really  special when you round the coastal pass down to the small seaside town of Wilderness. Here your views stretch out over the warm Indian Ocean and a broad sweep of beach.

Nearby Knysna is a favourite amongst families, honeymooners and nature enthusiasts. At the centre of the town is a peaceful lagoon, and in the surrounding forest red-winged Knysna loeries flit amongst the tree  branches. If you prefer the sand between their toes, pick nearby Plettenberg Bay. Plett (as its known to the locals)  offers endless stretches of sand – and a great selection of accommodation too.

Getting to the Garden Route is easy: drive from Cape Town straight along the N2 national highway, or inland along the incredibly scenic Route 62.

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Highlights in Garden Route

  • Catch the ferry to the beautiful Featherbed Nature Reserve
  • Soak up the sunshine on your favourite Plett beach
  • Have lunch in the pretty Knysna waterfront (be sure to try the oysters!)
  • Set out by boat on an ocean safari – or try your hand at sea kayaking
  • Go on a forest canopy tour, ziplining from tree to tree
  • Play a round of golf on one of the Garden Route’s championship courses
  • Buy delicious treats at the Saturday Farmers’ Market in Sedgefield
  • Hike down to the Storms River suspension bridge in the Tsitsikamma Forest

Featured Accommodation

Hunter’s Country House

Hunter’s Country House is situated between the coastal towns of Knysna and Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route in South Africa. With 23 suites, this elegant lodge has a large pool, a comfortable lounge with a fireplace, wine cellar and a children’s playground. Each room is equipped with air conditioning,…

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Tsala Treetop Lodge

Themed to an ancient civilisation, the Tsala Treetop Lodge in the Tsitsikamma is an incredible place to stay which has an adventurous character. There are ten suites and six villas. Each suite has its own infinity pool, lookout deck and fireplace. You can enjoy nature walks, bird watching and mountain…

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The Plettenberg

The Plettenberg is situated, as the name might suggest, in the heart of Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route. It’s one of Southern Africa’s most spectacular beach town. The hotel has 35 individually decorated rooms and suites with amazing views of the cliffs and ocean below. The Plettenberg has its…

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Kurland Hotel

The beautiful Kurland Hotel is set on an expansive 700-hectare private estate located in Nature’s Valley on the Garden Route. Embodying the essence of old-world charm sophistication, the hotel great service and luxurious amenities. The boutique 5-star hotel offers country living with just 12 suites for utter privacy.

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Gondwana Game Reserve Fynbos Villas

Gondwana Reserve has private safari villas which are fantastic for families or friends who want to combine a safari experience with the beaches of South Africa’s Garden Route. Each Fynbos Villa has three en-suite bedrooms, a living room with a wood-burning fireplace, and an expansive deck with magnificent views out…

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Fancourt Hotel

Fancourt Hotel lies Just outside George, on the beautiful Garden Route. South Africa’s premier golf resort, Fancourt has three Gary Player designed courses: The Links (top ranked course in the country), Montagu and Outeniqua. But this amazing property isn’t just for golfers: running and cycling trails wind around the 613-hectare…

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Hog Hollow Country Lodge

“If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live.” Lin Yutang (1895 –1976)Breathtaking views of the valleys & Tsitsikamma Mountains. Outstanding cuisine, comfortable accommodation & friendly hospitality. Sixteen unique African-styled rooms, private decks, king-sized beds, most with cosy fireplaces. The…

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