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.

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This 9 day family vacation accommodates the whole family on some amazing properties with plenty for everyone to do. A 2 night stay at the Radisson Hotel in the Cape Town Waterfront with your private guide to take in Cape Town Highlights. Car hire for a scenic drive down the Garden Route. 2 nights at Read More

A 9 day self-drive tour of Cape Town and the Garden Route. Off the beaten track takes you away from traditional tourist areas into pristine wilderness. Spend 2 nights at Tintswalo Atlantic listening to the crashing waves as you fall asleep. Drive to Grootbos Nature Reserve, one of the most idyllic locations on earth, for Read More

This easy 11 day self-drive vacation allows you to explore at your leisure. Collect your car on arrival at Cape Town Airport. A 3 night stay at the Radisson Hotel makes sure you are centrally located. Take a scenic drive along the Garden Route to the luxurious 5 star Pezula Resort, Knysna for 3 nights. Read More

A 10 day romantic vacation through the Cape and Garden Route. Spend 3 nights at Cape Cadogan boutique hotel in Cape Town. A private guide will help you explore this magic city and its highlights before you drive into the Cape Winelands. 3 nights at the luxury Majeka House gives you ample time to sample Read More