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The Garden Route is a popular and scenic stretch of the southern coast of South Africa. It stretches all the way from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to Storms River in the Eastern Cape.

The Garden Route is sometimes also known as “The Activity Route” or “The Adrenaline Route”. Whether you are looking for beaches, hiking trails and mountain biking or adrenaline filled adventure like bungy jumping or skydiving, there is something for all to do.

The Garden Route has a Meditteranean climate, with moderately hot summers and mild to chilly winters. It is sandwiched between the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma Mountains and the Indian Ocean.

Ten nature reserves embrace the varied ecosystems of the area as well as unique marine reserves, home to soft coral reefs, dolphins, seals, whales and a host of other marine life. Various bays along the Garden Route are nurseries to the endangered Southern Right Whale which come there to calve in the winter and spring (July to December).

Not to be missed

  • Tsitsikamma National Park
  • Whale watching
  • Shark cage diving
  • The highest bungy jump in the world at 216m
  • Skydiving
  • Cable sliding activities
  • Ostriches, monkeys, birds, elephants and cats
  • Game parks
  • Nature reserves and national parks
  • Surfing
  • Hiking
  • Mountain biking
  • Diving
  • Sea kayaking
  • Beaches
  • River tubing
  • Horse riding
  • George

    A good base from which you can experience the Garden Route.
  • Knysna

    Nestled on the banks of a lagoon and surrounded by indigenous forests and tranquil lakes.
  • Mossel Bay

    An all year round seaside holiday haven with weather to melt away those winter woes...
  • Oudtshoorn

    With ostriches, crocodiles, cheetahs and meerkats – Oudtshoorn is an alternative wildlife destination.
  • Plettenberg Bay

    Sweeping, unspoilt golden beaches and a dramatic rocky peninsula.
  • Sedgefield

    An outdoor activity lover’s paradise with a combination of sea, sand and lakeside.
  • Storms River

    A hub of adventure with as many adrenalin fixes as the human body can cope with.
  • Victoria Bay

    A small cove between George and Wilderness that is popular with surfers.
  • Wilderness

    A seaside town at the bottom of the Kaaiman's River Pass known for its long white beach and lagoons.

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    African Array Lodge

    Accommodation  > Plettenberg Bay

    African Array Lodge is a backpacker lodge situated in Plettenberg Bay. They offer guests the opportunity to truly escape to solitude with wonderful views of farmlands, mountains, golf courses and the ocean. They are rated one of the top backpacking lodges in South Africa for thier great accommodation and service. Their accommodation ranges from private […]

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    Africanyon

    Tours & adventures  > Adventure activities  > Natures Valley

    Get ready for the perfect combination of adventure and passion for the outdoors. Your guides will take you on a river adventure, also known as canyoning or canyoneering, and locally as “Kloofing”. Five abseiling points and hours of fun! Wade through the shallows of a meandering stream, swim through fresh water rock-pools. Abseil into the […]

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    Amakaya Backpackers

    Accommodation  > Plettenberg Bay

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    Cango Wildlife Ranch

    Tours & adventures  > Oudtshoorn

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    Claim Victory Volunteers

    Volunteering & internships  > Animals & wildlife   > Eastern Cape

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    Face Adrenalin

    Tours & adventures  > Storms River

    The Bloukrans Bungy Jump is officially recognized by Guinness World Records as being the World Highest Commercial Bungy Jump from a bridge at a whooping 216 m high! 216m high bungy jump off the Bloukrans Bridge Bridge walking tour 200m “Flying Fox”” out onto the arch of Africa’s largest bridge We pride ourselves on having […]

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    Island Vibe Knysna

    Accommodation  > Knysna

    Knysna is a necessary destination on any traveller’s agenda. Set in an indigenous forested valley and bordered on the East by a deep blue lagoon, Knysna is the pearl of the Garden Route. The panoramic view from the Heads takes your breath away and is synonymous to Knysna as are oysters and the Knysna Seahorse. […]

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    Knysna Charters

    Tours & adventures  > Day tours  > Knysna

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    Nothando Backpackers Lodge

    Accommodation  > Plettenberg Bay

    Situated in the beautiful Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route of South Africa Nothando Backpackers is a must visit for the discovery,adventure, beach and home away from home seeker. A luxury award winning backpackers run by the Dreyer family for over 16 years, Nothando has established itself as the choice place to stay in the world renowned Plettenberg Bay.

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    Ocean Odyssey

    Tours & adventures  > Day tours  > Knysna

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    Outeniqua Travel Lodge

    Accommodation  > George

    Outeniqua Travel Lodge is located in George, the gateway to the Garden Route. The hostel is well-loved for its affordable budget accommodation. It offers clean and cozy accommodation and has become a well known meeting place for travelers from all over the world. The atmosphere is very relaxed, laid- back and friendly and you find […]

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    Rock the Route

    Getting around   > Garden Route

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    Step - Aside George Conference Centre

    Accommodation  > George

    Step – Aside George Conference Center is situated 2km out of George on the road to Oudtshoorn at the foot of the majestic Outeniqua Mountains. They cater for weddings and day conferences for up to 150 people. They also offer accommodation that ranges from dormitories, flats and self catering family chalets. They have several facilities […]

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    Stormsriver Adventures

    Tours & adventures  > Adventure activities  > Storms River

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    Untouched Adventures

    Tours & adventures  > Adventure activities  > Natures Valley

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    Wild Farm

    Accommodation  > Wilderness

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    Wild Spirit Backpackers Lodge

    Accommodation  > Natures Valley

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