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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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The Anchorage

Still Bay (Stilbaai)
5 Bedrooms, Self-Catering Options
PPS from R 450

A mere 3km from the popular seaside holiday destination of Stilbaai, the owner-run The Anchorage boasts a picturesque setting right on the Goukou River and is the perfect place...


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Mont Fleur

Wilderness
2 Bedrooms, 2 Cottages & Deluxe Family Suite
PPS from R 475

Mont Fleur is a charming Bed and Breakfast offering excellent value in Wilderness along the Garden Route and is set against the Wilderness mountainside with breathtaking lagoon...


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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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Wilderness Manor

Wilderness
4 Bedrooms
PPS from R 863
Includes Bed & Breakfast

Overlooking the Wilderness Lagoon, Wilderness Manor is an elegant and refined Guest House in the scenic village of Wilderness. Step out of the front door and cross the road...


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Limoni Luxury Suites

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

Limoni Luxury Suites 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....


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Eight Bells Mountain Inn

Robinson Pass
25 rooms
PPS from R 885

Situated on a 400 acre estate in the gorgeous Ruiterbos Valley Region at the foot of the Robinson Pass between Mossel Bay and Oudtshoorn, Eight Bells Mountain Inn is a typical...


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Whalesong Hotel & Spa

Plettenberg Bay
24 Rooms
PPS from R 890
Special Deal

Surrounded by lush, landscaped gardens in the jewel of the Garden Route, Plettenberg Bay, Whalesong Hotel & Spa offers a wonderful mix of beautiful scenery, understated luxury...


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Lookout House

Plettenberg Bay
6 Bedroom House - Sleeps 12 to 14 people

You can always be sure that where ever Veronique Susman has weaved some of her décor magic, there’s bound to be a gorgeous home – and Lookout House in Plettenberg Bay is...


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Kanonkop House

Knysna
6 Suites
PPS from R 1,850

Award winning Kanonkop House is situated on the apex of Kanonkop Hill and enjoys spectacular views over the Knysna lagoon and down to the famous Knysna ‘Heads’ and the Indian...


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Number Eleven

Knysna
4 Bedroomed Villa
Units from R 8,715

Nestled away on the edge of the Knysna Lagoon at the famous Heads, Number Eleven offers a luxurious, state-of-the-art escape along the beloved Garden Route with direct private...


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Cuningham's Island Guest House

Leisure Isle
6 Bedrooms and 1 Family Unit
Units from R 820

On the Garden Route, on picturesque Leisure Island in Knysna, in close proximity to Knysna’s only beach, Cuningham’s Island Guest House offers relaxed beach house living with...


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African Crags Eco-Lodge

The Crags
Main house sleeping 10 people and a seperate cottage sleeping 4
PPS from R 375

The recently opened African Crags Eco-Lodge rests on an 11ha private nature reserve less than 20 minutes from Plettenberg Bay. With stunning views of The Crags and Formosa...


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Cornerway House

Plettenberg Bay
7 Bedrooms and 1 Luxury Self-Catering Suite
PPS from R 600

Cornerway House is an attractive colourful house set in a pretty garden with a swimming pool, a short stroll away from the magnificent golden sands of Robberg Beach in...


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Hide Away Guest House

Knysna
7 Bedrooms
PPS from R 550

Hide-Away Guest House, is a 4 star TGCSA graded B&B, ideally located on the main road into Knysna. The Bed and Breakfast is a 15 minute walk into the centre of town or down to...


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Malvern Manor Country House

Blanco
3 Bedrooms
PPS from R 800

In the foothills of the Outeniqua Mountains in Blanco George on the Garden Route, Malvern Manor Country House is set on a 50-acre country estate, part of a small dairy farm....


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Serendipity

Wilderness
4 Bedrooms
PPS from R 850

Serendipity on the Garden Route in Wilderness is in a tranquil setting on the banks of the Touw River estuary which forms part of the Wilderness National Park. Walk to beaches...


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De Doornkraal Historic Country House

Riversdale
14 Rooms
PPS from R 730

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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Roseroc Boutique Guest House

Knysna
4 Bedrooms, 1 Studio and 1 Honeymoon Room
PPS from R 1,025

On the Garden Route in Knysna, Roseroc Boutique Guest House is a gracious home offering warm hospitality and breathtaking views of the Knysna Lagoon and Heads. Relax at the...


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Fynbos Ridge & Cottages

Plettenberg Bay
5 Rooms, 1 Studio and 3 Self-Catering Cottages
PPS from R 1,100

Fynbos Ridge & Cottages is set in a private nature reserve in the heart of the Garden Route, between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay with spectacular mountain views. The Cape...


Brenton On Rocks

Brenton-on-Sea
7 rooms & 2 Houses, Self-Catering Options
Units from R 760

Situated on the cliffs of Brenton on Sea, a holiday hamlet located on the Garden Route just 16kms outside Knysna, Brenton On Rocks Guesthouse delivers spectacular sea views...


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TGCSA 4-Star HotelJust 2 ½ hours from Cape Town, off...

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Magical game reserve on top of the Soutpansberg...

Tankwa Karoo National Park
Just a few hour’s drive from Cape Town brings you to...

South African National Gold Panning Championships
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Samora Machel Monument
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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.