Garden Route

Why Go?

A Garden Route Holiday & Safari

A long, lazy stretch of mountain-backed coastline, the Garden Route begins a few hours’ drive from Cape Town. It’s an area of great natural beauty: forested hills tumble down to sandy beaches punctuated by slow rivers and glassy lagoons. The ocean is warm enough to swim in and the climate usually sunny, warm and dry.

Combined with Cape Town, the Garden Route is the perfect vacation destination. You can even drive it yourself in a hire car. The region has excellent roads and a friendly, unhurried attitude and since the Garden Route ends where the private game reserves of the Eastern Cape begin, you can finish your holiday with a malaria-free Big 5 safari.

There’s as much or as little as you want to do on a Garden Route holiday. There are health spas and sizzling summer beaches but also shady forest walks, mountain bike trails and river cruises too. You can meet amiable elephants at a sanctuary or tee off on a world-class golf course. There’s shark-cage diving, sailing, hiking and local culture to fit in as well as white-knuckle adventures ranging from high-speed boats to bungee jumping.

The Garden Route has accommodation for every requirement and budget: family-run guesthouses, clean-lined beach villas and grand country houses on private estates. Ask us about the ones best suited for your needs – some accommodations are very intimate and suitable for couples and honeymooners while others have sprawling lawns, swimming pools and child minders for the quintessential family holiday. Many accommodations are ideal and appealing to independent-minded self-drivers.

Speak to us about organising your Garden Route holiday. We can combine it with Cape Town and a Big 5 safari in the Eastern Cape, tailoring an itinerary with accommodation to your specifications. We can also make any necessary activity bookings.

Garden Route on the map

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WHAT TO DO?

Shark-cage diving, Sailing, Hiking & more

1. Celebrate a Special Event

Whether it’s a honeymoon or anniversary, multi-generational holiday or your first holiday with young children, there’s accommodation & experiences on the Garden Route to meet every special requirement.

2. Shuck an Oyster

Home to the best oysters in South Africa, Knysna boasts its own Oyster Festival in July but you don’t have to visit then to sit down to great food & Cape wines throughout the Garden Route.

3. Meet the Wildlife

Interact with elephants, walk among flocks of exotic birds & free-ranging primates or visit a big cat sanctuary to stroll with a cheetah – a Garden Route holiday will entertain, inform & delight animal-lovers.

4. Cruise the Coast

The Garden Route’s captivating coastline is home to leisurely river cruises, luxury yacht tours & high-speed boating. You can also paddle a kayak along the coast or head inland up forest-flanked rivers.

5. Go Golfing

Add 18 holes to your itinerary. Some of South Africa’s best golf courses lie on the Garden Route – beautiful live-on estates with stunning mountain backdrops.

6. Into the Deep

Discover the Garden Route’s underwater world with a wide range of aquatic activities – whale watching, shark-cage diving & swimming with seals; boat-based marine tours keep your feet dry.

7. Book an Adventure

Surf, sky dive or bungee jump: there’s always something to shout about on the Garden Route. There are also hiking & mountain biking trails, tree-top canopy tours plus game viewing by horseback.

8. Visit the Local Community

Take time out to see how the locals live on a community-based tour. Your guide will introduce you to the energetic culture of township life with chances to meet wide-smiling schoolchildren.

Tailor-made Holidays

We’ll design your holiday to match your interests, tastes & budget!