One of the best loved destinations in South Africa the Garden Route is a gem that should not be missed! Traditionally referred to as the beautiful stretch of coastline between Mossel Bay and the Tsitsikamma National Park, sometimes the route is extended to include the total area between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. Outdshoorn and Route 62, slightly off the beaten track destinations, can also make up part of a Garden Route Itinerary.

The Garden Route is an incredible self drive destination with scenic stops throughout, good roads – traditional highways and off the beaten track routes – beautiful scenery and a relaxed ease. This is a destination that can be tailored to your time, and your interests. There is rugged coastline, indigenous forest, fresh water lakes, gorges and rivers, the Indian Ocean and long beautiful sandy beaches.

You can get away from it all and rejuvenate or you can keep the adrenalin pumping and blood flowing and partake in one of the many activities you will find en route. The area is a delight for the whole family and every road and town creates a new adventure. The kids can enjoy an Elephant Back Safari and learn about these amazing creatures. They can walk high in the trees in the indigenous forest, learn about the monkeys at the sanctuary or help dad sharpen up on his birding skills. There are water activities throughout the year and the moderate climate means you can always take advantage of all the area has to offer.

Garden Route accommodation suites all from family self-catering villas to luxury boutique honeymoon retreats. You can lose yourself and forget the real world exists with romantic suites in the treetops. Enjoy panoramic cliff top views over the ocean. Or be in the hub of the local towns, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. Or you can indulge in nature at one of the exclusive country retreats.


The quaint seaside town of Hermanus is world renowned as a whale watching mecca and a much loved South African holiday destination a little over an hour’s car trip from Cape Town. From June to December the Southern Right Whales visit the nutrient rich waters for calving and mating season and put on spectacular breaching shows. Visitors can marvel at the behemoths from land based vantage points on the cliffs above the shore (sometimes from within a stone’s throw distance) or venture out into the bay on one of the many charter boats. Read More


Considered by many to be the crown jewel of the Garden Route, the wealthy enclave of Plettenberg Bay was originally discovered by Portuguese explorers who called it Bahia Formosa – the beautiful bay. The town is incredibly popular with both local and international visitors alike and has a holiday feel throughout the year. Miles of sandy beaches and surrounding forests and wildlife sanctuaries perfectly complement the designer stores and trendy coffee shops of the town center. Adrenaline junkies can get their kicks bungee jumping off the world’s highest bungee jump or walk amongst the tree canopies in the Tsitsikamma Forest, while those less inclined can soak up some sun on Plett’s famous Main Beach. Read More


Regarded as one of South Africa’s most beautiful towns and the hub of the Garden Route, Knsyna lies tucked between an indigenous forest and a warm watered estuary and is surrounded by natural beauty on all sides. Situated between Plettenberg Bay to the west and George to the east, Knysna is easily accessible from either. With eclectic art galleries, trendy restaurants and plenty of local craft markets, Knsyna is the perfect town to soak up some seaside culture. The Knsyna Heads - where the estuary meets the ocean – provide ample opportunity for the photography enthusiast while the surrounding beaches are great for both young and old. Read More


A vast and diverse province, the Eastern Cape is the birth province and traditional family land of former South African President Mr. Nelson Mandela. Boasting significant natural diversity, the Eastern Cape is also famous for the internationally renowned surfing town of Jeffrey’s Bay – revered by surfers as having some of the best waves in the world. The province offers great beach and bush combinations with several malaria-free national parks (including Addo Elephant Park), the Southern Drakensberg Mountain Range and the Tsitsikamma forest. The Garden Route begins just outside of Port Elizabeth and offers a beautifully scenic drive up along the coast towards Cape Town. Read More