Tour the Garden Route of South Africa, where you will be exposed to breathtaking natural beauty and enjoy a great family holiday.
What to See and Do on the Garden Route, South Africa
There is so much to see and do while on an adventure on the Garden Route. As you will discover here, it is an ideal region for nature and adventure enthusiasts and perfect for family holidays. The Garden Route is one of the most scenic parts of South Africa, as you travel on the N2 northwards up the east coast toward Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape province - a must see while visiting other areas of the country. En-Route you will pass through the scenic Overberg region of the Western Cape. The area is renown for its vegetation known as Fynbos. The Cape floral area represents only five percent of the land area of Africa, but contains twenty percent of the continent's flora.
The Western Cape floral region is considered a World Heritage hotspot of great scientific value.The Garden Route has a beautiful coastline, with small interesting towns with white sandy beaches for surfing, swimming and wind-surfing. The area has lagoons and inlets with deep forests in parts which offer bike trails, hiking and is a paradise for birding. While you are in the vicinity, there is the opportunity of a nostalgic steam train ride on the Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe. Adventure sport pursuits are Bunji-jumping off the Storm's River bridge - the world's highest jump, paragliding and shark cage diving
Tsitskama Hiking Trails
Outeniqua Choo Choo Steam Train
Bird Watching: A Knysna Loerie
Towards the town of Hermanus
Hermanus has the best land based Whale-watching in the world and offers diving, snorkelling, paddling on the lagoon and much more for the family. Read more about Hermanus
Paragliding at Cloud9 lookout at Sedgefield
Sedgefield has fantastic beaches for the family and is based near nature reserves and several hiking trails. The cliffs offer great views out to the Indian Ocean and Hangliding for the adventure enthusiast More
Scenes of the Garden Route offer a Range of Activities
The Garden route is flanked by the Langeberg, Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma mountains in the north, and has its own unique climate described as 'temperate coastal' - warm summers and cool winters with year round chances of rain.
On your journey, you will be tempted to divert and stop off at various of the small bays all the way from False bay should you be there during whale watching season, which falls from July to December. Gansbaai is a very popular destination for a stopover and a popular local holiday destination and is also a shark cage diving destination.The most popular is Hermanus, which is an artistic haven, with a tranquil atmosphere.The entire lagoon is a declared marine reserve. An annual Whale Festival is held here.
Knysna, which has a beautiful natural lagoon and indigenous forests as on our main picture. Knysna also offers excellent Golf Courses, such as Fancourt, Health Spa's and is a good beach holiday destination. Least of all a visit to the Knysna Elephant Park is not to be missed. Because of its prestine beauty and ecological value, much of this area in South Africa is protected by the Garden Route National Park.
Shark Cage Diving at GansBaai
Gansbaai offers Shark cage diving and amazing nature trails and beaches, but Kleinbaai is the ideal spot diving among the ferocious Great White species. More..
Garden Route National Park
Managed by South African National Parks, the Garden Route National Park offers an awesome selection of things to do and places to stay. More...
Fancourt Golf Course near George
There are numerous word class golf courses on the Garden route, making it a golfers paradise. Fancourt, has courses in a stunningly beautiful setting. More..
Off the track: Mountain Passes, Ostriches and Cango Caves
Part of the beauty of the Garden Route, South Africa, are the mountains and mountain passes to the Klein Karoo. Mostly tarred, but some are hardened gravel roads, like the Swartberg Pass, considered to be one of the most spectacular and breathtaking passes in Africa. To enjoy the Garden route, it is essential to go off the track inland on the recognised passes. The Outeniqua pass connects the scenic town of George with the dyer Karoo region with spectacular views over the town toward the coast. Over the pass you will be able to visit the highlights of Oudtshoorn - the Cango Caves and Ostrich Farms. Hurrying through the Garden route on the main N2 route would be a huge mistake.
Cango Caves, Oudtshoorn
The Cango Caves - one of the major attractions in the Garden Route and Oudtshoorn, which extend for kilometers into the extensive limestone hills. More..
An Ostrich near Oudtshoorn
Oudtshoorn has much to offer - Ostrich farm tours, adventure, hiking trails, a crocodile farm and nature reserve. First class accommodation and dining. More...
Proteas in bloom on the Swartberg pass
Swartberg Pass Climbs 1000 metres in 12 kilometres, the is one of the steepest passes in South Africa.The route offers spectacular views over the Little and Great Karoo. More...