"Allow yourself to be captivated by natures breathtaking beauty as the Garden Route stretches through imposing mountains and flourishing forests, and along majestic sun drenched African coastlines, surging rivers and calming lagoons and lakes. The Garden Route is an ideal journey which captures the essence of nature’s magnificence, the delight of a South African adventure and the flavour of fine cultivated and wild delicacies.
Spanning from the Western Cape’s Winelands, along Route 62, across the arid lands of the Little Karoo and towards the southern African magnificent beach coastlines into the Eastern Cape; the Garden Route offers both land and water adventures; luxury, sophistication and relaxation; and of course, wine and fine dining for anyone wishing to experience the best of Southern Africa.
Known for its verdant and ecologically diverse vegetation, forests enclose the towns of Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Nature’s Reserve and George, and the route protects the African jungle with the establishment of ten nature reserves throughout the Garden Route.
The Mediterranean climate of Indigenous forests are filled with vast array of flying feathered friends; gigantic elephants roam the land sanctuaries, while the rocky shores along the Indian Ocean provide African sun and sandy beaches for your delight. Be sure to take advantage of nature’s scenic splendour and remember, no visit to the south would be complete without exploring South Africa’s Garden Route. "
Access the Garden Route most popularly accessed by car and situated 5 hours drive from Cape Town or 3 hours from Port Elizabeth. Daily flights are offered from Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban to George, which is the Garden Route's largest city.
Suggested Stay Details
We recommend a stay between 3 - 5 nights on the Garden Route.
Type of Experience
"The Garden Route is ideal for absolutely anyone, from family’s to adventure seekers, every activity can be found along the journey from the Western Cape towards the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Either self-drive through the entire expedition, fly-in or journey with a tour guide; the regions along the scenic route couples nature, with adventure and leisurely relaxation, all for you to explore.
Whatever you desire, the Garden Route has it all. From fine dining to wine tasting, world class golfing and fishing, to diving, sailing, hiking through the indigenous forests of Tsitsikamma and even bungee jumping. Explore the hidden jewels situated along the Garden Route and bask in the beauty of nature’s beaches, forests and mountain ranges. "
The famous Garden Route is lined with spectacularly glamorous accommodation. Country lodges embrace elegance and luxury while retaining an eco-natural stance, offering views of deep blue mountains perched amongst the leafs of giant trees. The charming sophistication of the country hotels combines historical grace with lake side spas,. Offering views of the vast Indian Ocean are beach lodges nestled along the rocky shores and surrounded by natural wetlands. Exclusivity, luxury, opulence and style describe the boutique hotels found along the Garden Route of South Africa.
The Garden Route typography changes from lush vistas filled with fynbos, to the emerald greens of forests and the flowing waters of wetlands. It crossed into the dry semi-deserts of the vast Karoo and runs along coastline towns with rocky shores and sandy beaches. The route ends in the diversely eco-forests of Tsitikamma.
"Known as the unofficial capital of the Garden Route, Knysna is an historic town with its roots planted in the days of sailing ships, timber extraction and hunts for gold. When on expedition to cross the treacherous coastline of Southern Africa in the 1500’s, Portuguese explores reported Khoi-Khoi people first inhabiting the regions of and surround Knysna. While exploring the southern regions of South Africa,
European settlers reached Knysna’s lagoon in the late 1760’s. Attracting many builders and farmer, the timber found in the Knysna forests were uprooted and used to build ships, building and wagons. Close to the end of the eighteenth century, a European named George Callender was the first to settle at the Knysna Heads. It was Lord Charles Somerset who established Knysna as an official town, that need to be capitalised on for its timber. When a gold nugget was found in 1876, an influx of fortune seeker descended upon Knysna. Combining to form the town of Knysna, Melville, Eastford and Newhaven became known as the municipality of Knysna in 1881. Before1954, the port of Knysna was bustling with ships but since then the port has been deproclaimed.
Today, Knysna is a popular destination for both locals and tourists alike, and have been award the title of South Africa’s Favourite Town, numerously. "