Activities in Garden Route / Things to do in Garden Route
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There is no better place in South Africa than The Addo Elephant Park">Addo Elephant Park, to experience a horse trail. You need not be an experienced rider to enjoy this trail. Trails can last up to three hours long, and are all led by experienced...more
The Garden Route has often been described as heaven on earth – a visual gem, this piece of exquisite African scenery and untamed coastline is home to one of South Africa’s top golf courses – The Fancourt Hotel and Country Club Estate, offering fou...more
The Garden of Eden, is an enchanting wet forest, near Knysna on the Garden Route. This is one of the most lush and beautiful parts of the Knysna forest and definitely a must-see when visiting this gorgeous region. This part of the Garden Route i...more
The Knysna Waterfront is alive with water activity, including a host of boats, catamarans, paddle-cruisers, yachts and even a floating restaurant, which make up the famous Knysna Ferries. These vessels are the only boats able to navigate upstream ...more
Ostriches are the biggest birds in the world, and here in Oudtshoorn, South Africa you have the opportunity to get up close and personal with these amazing creatures.
Oudtshoorn is a friendly, little town situated about 55 kilometers from the ...more
Birds Of Eden is one the most magical bird sanctuaries around, it is located on 2.3 hectares and is the largest single, free-fight aviary in the world-according to the Guinness World Records. It is truly a magnificent place to go and enjoy mother...more
The beautiful town of Knysna nestles on the shores of the Knysna Lagoon. [Lagoon to the uninformed, for those of us with the know how, its really an estuary] but regardless, lets forget the insignificant details and inform that in Knysna one of ...more
If you are into scenery and are happy to go off the Garden Route for a detour, then try one of these spectacular drives:
In 1843 Major Mitchell, Surveyor General of the Cape, suggested that convict labour be used to build a goo...more
Over in Plett, a huge draw card for visitors is the frequent occurrence of inquisitive dolphins who seek out bathers whilst swimming. While keeping some distance, these curious mammals delight swimmers with tricks and squeals – a memory of a lifet...more
A nice scenic walk is always enjoyable, especially when it’s not too steep, you know…just enjoying a easy-going stroll. Not too much pressure to be fit, but getting fitter with every step you take, yet it is enjoyable as you don’t feel too much s...more
Rhino Base Camp is an exclusive and luxurious game reserve consisting of 1300 ha of mesmerizing natural beauty, and expertly situated about 15 minutes from Plettenberg Bay, on the Garden Route. By visiting this spectacular game reserve, you are a...more
The Cango Caves are situated in the heart of the Little Karoo 26 km north of Oudtshoorn close to the Garden Route, Cape Town. About 10 000 years ago, the Khoisan used the entrance area of the cave as shelter. Way back in 1780, a farmer named M...more
South Africa is home to more than 300 mammal species, over 500 bird species, over a 100 kind of reptiles and countless insects which are being diligently protected in the many nature reserves and national parks around the country.
Not all the a...more
There are 2 Elephant parks in the Garden Route, the large Addo Elephant Park and the small Knysna Elephant Park. Get up-close-and-personal with the earth’s largest living land mammals. The Knysna Elephant Park offers a rare and exciting opportu...more
Beers known for their natural goodness and taste are locally brewed and sold at Mitchells Knysna, the older (but smaller) sister of the Cape Town Waterfront’s Mitchells Brewery, known in the little town for its great Foresters Draught. Tours and t...more
Step aboard the most luxurious classic steam train in Africa
When in South Africa take a journey on the most luxurious steam train in the world. This is a great way to enjoy a romantic vacation through the heart of Southern Africa or Africa.
South Africa is one of the most popular tourist destination in the word-mainly because of the country’s impressive natural beauty and wildlife. Recently, tourists have been coming to South Africa for a variety of other reasons as well. Polo tour...more
The Garden Route is probably the most beautiful part of South Africa, the breathtaking natural splendour of its beaches, hills, forests and rivers are famous worldwide. It is an area that offers a big variety of attractions to nature loving visit...more
Knysna has always been famous for its wonderful selection of good quality and affordable seafood. There is nothing better than eating deliciously prepared fresh seafood and overlooking the ocean from where it came from. In Knysna, there are many...more
There’s a wealth of fun to be had on the Knysna Lagoon – from scuba diving and sailing to wake-boarding and water skiing to old fashioned therapeutic fishing, the lagoon is a great area for swimming and taking rides on floating restaurants and spe...more
It’s the middle of Summer, it’s a lovely hot day. Some might say a little too hot. When the heat kicks in, the need to escape it, or ‘cool down’ kicks in even more so. The beach is great, but you’ve had enough of lying seaside catching a tan fo...more
Visit one of South Africa’s Natural Heritage Sites- the breathtaking Featherbed Nature Reserve in Knysa. It is situated near Plettenberg Bay and forms part of the enchanting Garden Route of South Africa. This beautiful 150ha private nature reserv...more
Do you recall a time when your parents and friends could'nt get you out of the water? No amount of hot dogs, chocolates, or candy would get you to leave that pool or the sea. You once reigned in the stories of magical books like 'Water Babies', yo...more
We have scoured the Garden Route for new luxury indulgences and unique experiences, proximity to a SPA has become a huge if not the major consideration when choosing a lavish escape. With this in mind we have gathered the TOP 10 SPAS in the Garden...more
Get close to nature during your visit to Plettenberg Bay by visiting the interesting primates at Monkeyland. This world-class multi-primate sanctuary is the world’s first free-roaming sanctuary, and aims to promote awareness of the plight of prim...more
Swimming at Wilderness beach has become a very popular activity among those who value the simple things in life. Who can think of a better place to soak up the sun than this gorgeous beach in the heart of the Garden Route, South Africa?
Best rock angling places are Flat Rock otherside the Holiday Inn Garden Court or Kabeljousbank near Kaaimansriver mouth, Gericke's Point at Swartvlei is also excellent.
Fishing permits at R20 per permit is obtainable from the Post Office situa...more
Aha, finally a little something sporty for those of us to do who do not wish to be classified as total cultural geeks yet still like to know that we are in a safe and stable sporting crafts piece. We too like to partake in water activities and sp...more
The Otter Trail is undoubtedly the best known and most popular hiking trail in Africa, and ranks alongside the best trails in the world. The 42.5km trail follows the spectacular Eastern Cape coastline from Storms River Mouth to Natures Valley in ...more
The Western Cape of South Africa is undoubtedly the country’s most spectacular natural paradise boasting a scintillating and resplendent canvas of undulating fertility, wild and indigenous flora, and incomparable scenery. It is a nature lover’s dr...more
South Africa’s iconic Garden Route is world-famous for its intense aesthetic beauty and spellbinding natural diversity. This route runs parallel to the shoreline and offers some of the best beaches, bays, lagoons, and other water channels found an...more
The extreme sport of microlighting or microlight flying may still be in its infancy in South Africa, but since its inception in the 1970s, this challenging, but gratifying pastime has gained a steady following of a dedicated group of microlighters...more
Mountain biking is a favourite pastime for many South Africans from all walks of life. Getting out and about on your bike is a wonderful way not only of savouring the many marvellous natural delights found in the Great Outdoors, but it is also an ...more