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The Garden Route lies between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, and is one of the first areas that South Africans recommend to visitors. It has stunning cliffs and beaches but also deep forests and lakes. Its permanent holiday pace appeals to artists, golfers, fishermen, surfers and people who love secluded nooks near beach or mountain. Within a...

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Belvidere Manor

Knysna
28 Cottages, Self-Catering Options
PPS from R 1,110

Basking in the beguiling tranquillity of Knysna’s lagoon lies Belvidere Manor, one of South Africa’s most romantic, and most relaxed getaways on the Garden Route....


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Lairds Lodge Country Estate

Plettenberg Bay
16 Bedrooms
PPS from R 1,010
Includes Bed & Breakfast

This gracious Cape Dutch-style homestead is set on a 24-acre estate, offering mountain views, wide open spaces and a secluded swimming pool. The high-ceilinged elegantly...


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Head Over Hills

The Heads
8 Luxury Bedrooms
Units from R 4,200

Head Over Hills is an exclusive 5* retreat situated on the edge of the famous rocky cliffs of The Heads in Knysna. This is the ideal vantage point from which to enjoy...


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The Mount Knysna Boutique Hotel

Knysna
6 suites
PPS from R 3,213

With magnificent views of the famed Knysna Heads, luxury rooms and a tranquil setting conducive to all-out relaxation, The Mount Knysna Boutique Hotel offers the ideal escape...


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Armagh Country Lodge & Spa

Storms River
5 Bedrooms, 1 Honeymoon Cottage and 1 Hideaway Cottage
PPS from R 595

In the foothills of the Tsitsikamma mountain range in the quaint village of Storms River on the Garden Route, the Armagh Country Lodge is set one km off the N2 Highway and...


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Lily Pond Country Lodge

Nature's Valley
4 Spacious Rooms and 6 Luxury Garden Rooms
PPS from R 1,090

Quietly situated amongst large colourful lily ponds and indigenous forests, Lily Pond Country Lodge offers luxury accommodation near Nature's Valley and Plettenberg Bay on the...


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Tamodi Lodge and Stables

The Crags
2 Bedrooms and 1 Luxury Honeymoon Room
PPS from R 1,409

Be captivated by the peace and scenic beauty of The Crags, between Plettenberg Bay and Natures’s Valley. Here amidst 29 hectares of mountains, forests and fynbos, Tamodi Lodge...


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Headlands House

The Heads
6 Bedrooms
PPS from R 1,020
Includes Bed & Breakfast
Special Deal

Dramatically situated on the highest point of the famous Knysna Heads, Headlands House offers breathtaking views over both the ocean and Knysna Lagoon. Stylish bedrooms have...


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Hunters Country House

Plettenberg Bay
19 Suites
PPS from R 2,035

Fragrant and colourful, Hunter’s flourishing gardens create an idyllic setting for this luxurious retreat in the heart of the Garden Route. This beautiful property combines a...


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Milkwood Manor on Sea

Plettenberg Bay
11 Bedrooms
Units from R 1,700

Milkwood Manor is located on the oceanfront in Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route. Awake to the sound of breaking surf and seagull’s cry. Enjoy the Manor’s breathtaking views...


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Amanzi Island Lodge

Leisure Isle
6 Bedrooms
Units from R 2,150

On the Garden Route in Knysna, Amanzi Island Lodge is on the edge of the beautiful Knysna Lagoon, this spacious beach house offers luxury, comfort, tranquillity and spectacular...


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Gondwana Game Reserve

Mossel Bay
13 Kwena Huts and 10 Bush Villas, Self-Catering Options
PPS from R 3,220

Gondwana Game Reserve provides the perfect safari break for Cape Town visitors and residents. Less than a four-hour drive away along South Africa’s popular Garden Route or 45...


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Under Milkwood

The Heads
16 Chalets
PPS from R 735

Under Milkwood’s log cabins are ideally located on the shores of the famous Knysna Lagoon, set amongst a grove of majestic milkwood trees. The self-catering cottages offer...


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Garden Route Game Lodge

Albertinia
26 Lodge Rooms and 11 Chalets
PPS from R 2,630

Established in 1999 as the first private game reserve in the Western Cape, this malaria free, family friendly game reserve is home to a variety of animal and bird life...


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7 Passes Tented Camp

Wilderness
6 Units
PPS from R 695

7 Passes Tented Camp is situated near Wilderness, at Woodville (with its famous big tree) - between the Touw and Diep River Passes on the Seven Passes Road. This famous and...


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Aberni on Sea

Plettenberg Bay
4 Apartments, 1 Luxury Bedroom and 1 Penthouse Apartment, Self-Catering Options

Aberni On Sea is surrounded by fynbos and a short stroll away from beautiful Robberg Beach, in a safe, quiet residential area of Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route. Modern and...


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De Doornkraal Historic Country House

Riversdale
14 Rooms
PPS from R 775

De Doornkraal Estate lies in the heart of the rural country town of Riversdale, with farmlands stretching to the banks of the Vette River. Stylishly decorated bedrooms and...


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Piesang Valley Lodge

Plettenberg Bay
PPS from R 685

In Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route, Piesang Valley Lodge is set in 15 acres of lush vegetation with views of the ocean and close to beaches, town and borders the...


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Wilderness Manor

Wilderness
4 Bedrooms
PPS from R 750
Includes Bed & Breakfast

Wilderness Manor is an elegant and refined guest house overlooking the Wilderness Lagoon, in the scenic village of Wilderness. Step out of the front door and cross the road...


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Sandpiper Guest Cottages

Boggomsbaai
7 Cottages and 1 Honeymoon Cottage
PPS from R 488

Sandpiper Guest Cottages are in Boggomsbaai, a peaceful, safe and secure coastal village just 20 minutes from Mossel Bay on the Garden Route. Rustic Cape cottages. Candlelit...


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Garden Route travel guide

The Garden Route lies between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, and is one of the first areas that South Africans recommend to visitors. It has stunning cliffs and beaches but also deep forests and lakes. Its permanent holiday pace appeals to artists, golfers, fishermen, surfers and people who love secluded nooks near beach or mountain. Within a day you can drive on the N2 all the way along the coast. Or you can take a few days, stopping at quirky towns such as Sedgefield, Wilderness, Mossel Bay, Knysna, and Plettenberg Bay. Little hamlets like Brenton-on-Sea offer a quieter break and are still close to towns. Choose one to make your base and do your day trips from there. For a detour inland, you’ll need a couple of extra days. Once you’ve made it over the mountain passes, focus on Oudtshoorn and de Rust, and make sure you see some ostriches and the Cango Caves.

Stunning stops along the coastal roads:

  • Knysna – Gorgeous town on the shores of a lagoon surrounded by mountains with the largest estuary in SA, which is home to lots of unusual species like seahorses. Knysna is known for its annual festivals such as the Pink Loerie and the Knysna Oyster Festival. If you need a reprieve from socialising, visit Leisure Island, take the ferry to Featherbed Nature Reserve, or a boat cruise to the Knysna Heads. At least once, sip a cocktail on an evening cruise of the Knysna lagoon. In winter, you may even have the castles at Noetzie to yourself.
  • Plettenberg Bay – Big, beautiful bay with a seaside town known to locals as South Africa’s own South of France. Plett makes a wonderful seaside base for many daytrips. Watch out for southern right and humpback whales and mingle with the bling crowd in season on the spectacular beaches. Great hiking trails are close by and the town has a lovely craft market.
  • Mossel Bay – half way between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, Mossel Bay makes an excellent base in the Garden Route. This pretty harbour town has some stunning beaches and is big enough and historical enough that there is plenty going on. The popular Oyster Catcher hiking trail starts in Mossel Bay, and there are loads of adventure and water sports on offer. A boat trip to Seal Island offers some exciting whale watching. You can tour prehistoric caves and Khoisan rock art as well as see a life-sized replica of the ship in which Portuguese explorer Bartholomeu Dias sailed into Mossel Bay back in 1488.
  • The Garden Route National Park - joins the Tsitsikamma and Wilderness National Parks. Take a canopy tree tour through ancient forests, follow the dolphin and otter trail or paddle your own canoe along a peaceful waterway.
  • The Crags, Harkerville and Nature’s Valley – Child and adult animal lovers will delight in the sanctuaries here, where they can bond with a baby elephant, gaze at monkeys swinging in treetops and marvel at the astounding colours at Birds of Eden, the largest free-flight aviary in the world.

Heading inland:

  • Outeniqua Mountains – You can take a day trip from the coast to go mountain biking, hiking and horse riding in the scenic Outeniqua Mountains.
  • Oudtshoorn – Lying slightly out of the Garden Route, this is a short detour well worth taking if you’ve never seen a real live ostrich or the famed Cango Caves. Plant fans, be aware that three different biomes come together here – fynbos, cape Thicket and succulent Karoo. Hike the Swartberg Mountains, go abseiling or quadbiking. Dive with crocodiles, meet a meerkat or cheetah, or discover the incredible story of the ostrich feather industry in Oudtshoorn’s CP Nel Museum.

If sport is your thing:

  • Storms River – Go black water tubing or steel yourself for the world’s highest bungee jump at Bloukrans.
  • George - You’ve entered Africa’s golf capital. Enjoy ultimate golfing at courses such as Kingswood Golf Estate, Fancourt Golf Estate and George Golf Club. George is also centrally positioned for heading even further inland while still taking day trips to the coast.
  • Sedgefield, Wilderness and Victoria Bay – Take your board on the epic waves, then relax on the picturesque beaches.
  • Jeffrey’s Bay - A short drive from Storms River into the Eastern Cape takes you to the international surfing headquarters of J-Bay, bringing together surfers of all levels.