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The Garden Route is easily one of the most majestic places in the Cape. It boasts some of the most beautiful attractions including natural sights as well as quaint little towns that are warm and welcoming to all of those who pass through it.

Whether you are looking for an outdoor holiday full of action packed activities that will give you plenty of fresh air, or if you are looking for a laidback getaway complete with lazy days on the beach or sitting with a picnic basket beneath the canopy of forest trees, there is something for everyone in the Garden Route, you just need to know how to plan your holiday.

To get that full Garden Route experience, it helps to plan a holiday that includes a mixture of attractions and activities. This way you can balance your tour while ensuring that when the time comes to leave, you have seen the best of what it has to offer, as well as some of those lesser seen things that are oftentimes overlooked.

 

Garden Route national lake in Knysna

 

Attractions to Add to your Holiday Bucket List

There is a lot to see when visiting here, so we’ll start off by putting the spotlight firmly on the natural attractions worth seeing.

  1. Featherbed Nature Reserve

This is one of those not so well known attractions but one that is absolutely worth adding to your list. From this reserve, you can get the best views of the famous Knysna Heads, a natural rocky attraction that is steeped in history and is hard to miss. The Knysna Heads are not the only thing to enjoy here. You can also take a ferry trip across the lagoon or take a walk along the coastline. And just a heads up, when walking here, bring along a comfortable pair of boots.

  1. The Garden Route Botanical Garden

You might think that the Garden Route is already a Botanical Garden of sorts, but there is a place at the foot of the Outeniqua Mountains where you can recharge amongst the greenery while also taking loads of photos. The garden also has a tea garden, a nursery and a herbarium to enjoy.

  1. Point of Human Origins

Africa, and South Africa, in general is a historical attraction of great importance, as plenty of discoveries have pointed to the birth of mankind being in Africa. This attraction focuses on the Pinnacle Point Caves, where evidence points to the rise of Homo Sapiens some 200 to 100 thousand years ago. This attraction is a must for archaeological fans.

  1. Storms River Mouth

An iconic part of the Garden Route, a slow boat trip down the Storms River towards the mouth, with towering rocky cliffs on either side is an attraction you will never forget. This attraction can be enjoyed as a part of the Otter Trail, which can take 5 days of hiking to complete but which will be well worth the effort.

  1. Knysna Forest

The indigenous forests of the Garden Route are absolutely breathtaking and they are all that remains of what was once one of Africa’s biggest forests. The Knysna Forest has indigenous trees and wildlife populations which include elephant and buffalo. This is the perfect place to take a walk or to go on a long hike.

If you are looking for a once in a lifetime experience, you can book a Garden Route tour that you will never forget on our website.

The Garden Route of South Africa is one of the most enchanting places to spend a holiday. You could see just a couple of the attractions along the way, or you could dedicate a whole week to the adventure, and really see all that this 200km stretch of coastline, mountains, towns and forests has to offer those who visit it.

The Garden Route is a bit of paradise in an otherwise busy country, and when you visit here, you can easily feel as though you are travelling in a different part of the world. The vibe is very different to the rest of the country, but there’s one thing that is certain; this place is absolutely gorgeous.

If you are planning to embark on a Garden Route tour, here are a couple of facts that you should know about before you go.

 

 

  1. It’s all in the name

The Garden Route is basically one big beautiful, unkempt garden. Here you will find fynbos, proteas, all sort of indigenous trees and shrubs, each of which contribute to the unique beauty of this magical place. In fact, a lot of the plant life here can only be seen here and it contributes to making a special habitat for the wildlife seen in this part of the world.

  1. It has easy access

Of all of South Africa’s many attractions, this is without a doubt one of the easiest ones to find. And for the most part, you won’t have to pay an entry fee in order to see some of the best attractions that the area has to offer. In fact, some of the best sights can be seen right from the road. The easiest way to access the garden route is from the N2 highway which connects Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.

  1. It’s between mountains and oceans

One of the main reasons why the area has such fantastic views is because it is situated between the Tsitsikamma and Outeniqua mountain ranges to the north and the Indian Ocean to the south. This means you can look forward to dramatic landscapes and plenty of interesting lookout points. This area and the way the Garden Route is situated has created a unique climate which is just perfect for the plant life found here.

  1. It is home to real safari type wildlife

The natural habitat created by the way in which the mountains and oceans come together has also resulted in the perfect climate for all types of wildlife. When you are travelling through the area, but especially through the national parks in the area, you can see elephants, bush pigs, reedbuck, caracal, blue duiker and baboons.

  1. It has a best time to visit

Although all year is a good time to enjoy a Garden Route tour, the best times to visit is once the winter has passed. This part of South Africa has a fairly rainy and miserable winter, so plan your visit for between October and March, when the weather is simply gorgeous.

 

South Africa is one of the most diverse places on earth and we’re not just talking about the amazing array of cultures and people that you will encounter when visiting this country. When travelling around this nation, you will see all sorts of landscapes, ranging from deserts to mountains and forests as well as plants and animals unique to our land.

Along the South West Coast of South Africa lies a destination that is so unlike the rest of the country that it can feel as though you are walking into another country all together. Called the Garden Route, when you travel here you will find sparkling, hidden lagoons, overgrown emerald forests, and the very best beaches, making it what National Geographic calls the Ultimate Road Trip.

The Garden Route begins around 4 hours outside of Cape Town and it covers an exclusive, almost untouched stretch of coastline. The entire journey covers around 200km and to take it all in, and really enjoy the very best sights, you should consider signing up for a Garden Route tour. With a tour, you will be able to ensure that you see everything worth seeing and by the end of your tour, you will have a whole new appreciation of this stunning part of South Africa.

 

CAPE TOWN & GARDEN ROUTE - WHEELCHAIR FRIENDLY TOUR

 

Where is the garden route exactly?

The area known as the Garden Route stretches from Mossel Bay to the Storms River Mouth. It is the perfect destination for every outdoor enthusiast and there are plenty of hiking trails, places to explore and beaches to relax on. The route offers evergreen forests like the Tsitsikamma, hills of native protea flowers, lagoons that reach far in land, and friendly towns offering great food and accommodation.

While the route is quite popular with tourists, if you travel at the right time of year, you can enjoy a sense of disconnection.

With all the rugged outdoor attractions, there is plenty of wildlife and birdlife to see. While there are loads of activities to keep you busy, if you are looking for more of a relaxed holiday, you can find that too, by spending your days sitting on a rocky outcrop from which you can watch the rolling ocean waves.

The Best Way to See the Garden Route

It all depends on the type of holiday that you’d like to experience. For some, the solo trip is just the kind of dream holiday they have in mind when they think of a holiday in the Garden Route. When travelling by yourself, you can set your own pace and add the attractions that you want to see. But if you want to have a trip that is a little better planned and which will allow you to kick back and relax through the trip, a guided tour is best. Guide Garden Route tours are a popular option for those who don’t want to drive themselves or have to think too much about planning where to go and where to stay, something that you might find helpful if you are travelling to South Africa for the first time.

We offer a selection of Garden Route Tours on our website. Book your tour today or contact us to discuss your holiday goals.