Those looking for unsurpassed natural beauty found in magical forests, sweeping beaches or peaceful lake districts will discover the Garden Route to be a paradise offering all this and more.more
Portfolio Collection offers visitors an excellent choice of Garden Route accommodation along this world renowned and popular tourism route. The Garden Route, one of the world’s most beautiful stretches of coastline officially extending between Mossel Bay and St Francis Bay, is not named for cultivated gardens as many travellers expect, but rather for the magnificence of its wild, unspoilt coastline and natural “gardens”, as described by the French explorer, Le Vaillant, in the 1780s. The Khoi San people called it “Outeniqua” meaning “a man laden with honey”, a reference to the scent from the wild flowers growing there.
Those looking for unsurpassed natural beauty found in magical forests, sweeping beaches or peaceful lake districts will discover the Garden Route to be a paradise offering all this and more.
Garden Route Highlights
Mossel Bay – Khoi San cave paintings, fishing and shopping
Cape St Francis and St Francis Bay – gorgeous beaches, good surf
Victoria Bay – epic surf, picturesque beach (Look out for Jeffrey’s Bay too – not officially on the Garden Route but close enough and renowned enough to warrant a mention)
Tsitsikamma and Storms River – canopy tree tours through tangled forests; world’s highest bungee jump at Bloukrans
The Crags, Harkerville and Nature’s Valley – incredible hikes with amazing views; animal encounters including elephant back rides
Knysna – arty, bustling town; unique cultural experiences at the local Rastafarian village; annual festivals such as the Pink Loerie and the Knysna Oyster Festival
Plettenberg Bay - Land and boat based whale and dolphin watching, great beaches
George – Railway museum
Portfolio’s Garden Route Accommodation
No visit to South Africa is complete without the inclusion of the beautiful Garden Route, which takes in parts of both the Western Cape and Eastern Cape and offers an enormous amount of variety.
While there are plenty of friendly B&Bs, Guest Houses and Boutique Hotels in the more built up areas, stay anywhere along the Garden Route you’re a short drive from a wonderful world of exceptional natural beauty. Or choose to base yourself outside of the town at a quiet Farm Stay or Self-catering Cottage or Country House. And did you know that you can also stay at a Game Lodge and enjoy a safari along this route? Make sure you book ahead where possible as many Garden Route accommodation places fill up fast especially during peak season and over festivals.