Garden Route

When to Go?

Best Time to Visit the Garden Route

The Garden Route’s year-round temperate climate means this is a destination made for the great outdoors. Unlike Cape Town however, there may be rain at any time of year on the Garden Route but it rarely lasts long and most days are dry, warm and sunny.

Temperatures are highest in summer (November to April) but be warned that the area gets very busy over the Christmas school holidays. For a beach holiday without the crowds, visit the Garden Route between February and April. Winter (June to August) temperatures aren’t especially low – they rarely fall below 16°C – and visitors at this time of year are often treated to long sunny spells.

Note that there is a seasonal aspect to some of the Garden Route’s attractions: whale watching season is from July to October (peaking in September) and the 10-day, event-studded Knysna Festival takes place in July.

Dec / Jan / Feb / Mar
Summer – best beach weather but very busy over holiday period
Apr / May
Fewer visitors & cooler temperatures
Jun / Jul / Aug
Winter - cool weather, start of whale season, Knysna festival
Sep / Oct / Nov
Peak whale season, generally good weather
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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.

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