Garden Route

The Most Beautiful Coastal Drive in Africa
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Garden Route

From beautiful beaches in quiet coastal towns to green and gorgeous forests promising plenty of outdoor escapes, South Africa’s famous Garden Route takes its travellers on a wonderful adventure to some of the country’s best highlights.

Stretching almost 300 kilometres, the Garden Route is a scenic drive that moves through a collection of South Africa’s most stunning coastal destinations. As well as some of the most beautiful vistas in the country, a journey along the Garden Route promises more than just incredible scenery, but also offers a fabulous mix of attractions and activities.

While the Garden Route has something to satisfy each and every traveller, nature lovers will find the trip particularly enjoyable, as will the adrenaline junkies who can enjoy canopy tours, water sports and even soaring from the Bloukrans Bridge Bungy, the world’s highest commercial bungee jump.

Travellers can delight in an array of exciting things to do, including boat cruises in Knysna, cave explorations in Oudtshoorn, game drives in the Eastern Cape, plenty of golfing excursions, elephant encounters in Addo, hiking trails at every turn or simply relaxing in the sun, and much more.

Loved by both international travellers and locals alike, the Garden Route promises a fun, fabulous time for all. A popular option for travellers is to self-drive through these scenic routes, or alternatively, relax and enjoy the view while a private coach takes care of the transport and logistics.

CURRENCY South African Rand

LANGUAGES English, Afrikaans, Zulu, Xhosa, Southern Sotho, Tswana, Northern Sotho, Venda, Tsonga, Swazi, Ndebele


  • Summer (Dec – Feb): Max 35°C (95°F), Min 14°C (57.2°F)
  • Winter (Jun – Aug): Max 18°C (64.4°F), Min 7°C (44.6°F)

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Scenery at De Kelders Destination Garden Route
Bridge crossing at Stormsriver Bridge in Tsitsikamma Destination Garden Route
People tubing in Storms River Destination Garden Route
De Denne Guest House Garden Route HIgh Gate Ostrich Farm Destination Garden Route
Ostriches in Oudtshoorn on the Garden Route South Africa

Things to Do in the Garden Route

When travelling along the Garden Route, don’t miss out on these amazing activities:

  • Embark on a leisurely boat cruise along the Knysna Lagoon.
  • Explore the Cango Caves in the Swartberg Mountains of Oudtshoorn.
  • Visit the Addo Elephant National Park.
  • Relax on the beaches in Plettenberg Bay.
  • Delight in a safari adventure in the Eastern Cape.

Accommodation in the Garden Route

Accommodation options in the Garden Route are incredible. From upmarket hotels, five-star lodges, authentic country guest houses and more, travellers can select from a wide range of options to suit their travel tastes. Whichever accommodation option is selected, travellers are bound to receive top-class hospitality.

View from De Denne Guest House

De Denne Guest House

A historical, family-run property situated in Oudtshoorn, De Denne Country Guest House offers guests excursions to its sister property, the Highgate Ostrich Farm.
View from De Denne Guest House

St James Boutique Hotel of Knysna

Resting on the banks of the Knysna Lagoon, the elegant and charming St James Boutique Hotel of Knysna is the perfect place to explore the popular town of Knysna and the greater Garden Route.

Travel to the Garden Route

Driving toward the endless horizon, surrounded by lush green forests and blue oceans, the Garden Route promises gripping views, enthralling experiences and soul-satisfying stories to send home.

While self-driving the Garden Route is a popular choice, those who wish to enjoy their vacation without having to worry about vehicles, routes and fuel, can opt for a luxury transport option. We recommend coupling a Garden Route exploration with time in the Mother City, Cape Town.

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