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Garden Route

The variety of destinations and stopovers on the Garden Route is limitless and invites every visitor to an unforgettable experience. Here, nature shows itself in the most diverse ways. From endless beaches, lagoons, subtropical vegetation, mountains and semi-desert in the hinterland you can find everything here. As diverse as the nature is, so are the activities that await you here. Decide whether you want to go on a Big 5 safari, relax by swimming on the long sandy beaches, go hiking or rather seek adventure in water sports or bungee jumping. There's no lack of choice and we'll help you make the right decision.

De Kelders
De Kelders Hermanus
Tsitsikamma Nationalpark
Sanbona Wildlife Reserve
Oudtshoorn
Hermanus

Hermanus is a coastal town about a 1.5-hour drive from Cape Town and is ideal as a first stop before the Garden Route or as a day or weekend getaway. You will find numerous restaurants, bars, small stores and lively and colorful markets. One of the main attractions is whale watching. Every year, starting in July, Southern Right and Humpback whales come from Antarctica to mate and give birth in the warmer waters. So the best chances to see whales are from June to November, either by walking from the Cliff Path or on a whale watching boat tour.

 

What else can you do in the area? 

  • Explore the town

  • Art galleries

  • Kayaking in Walker Bay 

  • Klipgat Caves at De Kelders (about a 30-minute drive from Hermanus) 

Wilderness

Wilderness is an idyllic coastal village and is an ideal stopover halfway between Cape Town and Gqeberha (previously known as Port Elisabeth). Here you can find your inner peace and relax in nature and for this reason it is one of our favorite places. It is surrounded by the hills of Wilderness Heights on the northern side and the sea on the southern side. It is an absolute paradise for outdoor lovers. You can explore the lagoon by canoe, dive into the forest on the Kingfisher Trail, or just take a walk on the long sandy beach.

What else can you do in the area? 

  • Wilderness Waterfall

  • Map of Africa lookout

  • Paragliding

  • Quad Bike Tours 

Tsitsikamma Park 

Tsitsikamma Park is part of the Garden Route National Park and is a short drive away from Plettenberg Bay. The area was already called "land of many waters" by the natives, because it is not only surrounded by a lot of water, but heavy rainfalls are common here. In Tsitsikamma Park you will find two towns, Stormsriver in the east and Nature's Valley with its extensive beach on the other side. The area is also home to one of the last indigenous forests in South Africa and you can enjoy beautiful hikes from a few hours up to several days. 

What can you do in the area? 

  • Kayaking through deep gorges 

  • Ziplining 

  • Dolphin and whale watching (July - November)

  • Canopy tours 

  • Crossing the suspension bridges of Stormsriver Mouth

  • Bungee Jumping at Bloukrans Bridge

Addo Elephant Park 

Addo Elephant Park is the perfect place along the Garden Route to experience the Big 5 up close. You can either explore the park on your own with a rental car or book guided tours. As the name suggests, you will find a large number of elephants, but also other animals such as the Big 5, zebras, warthogs, hyenas, ostriches, monkeys and various antelope species can be seen here. 

What else can you do in the area? 

  • 4x4 track between Kabouga and Darlington

  • Alexandria hiking trail 

Oudtshoorn 

In the middle of the Klein Karoo desert plain you will find the town of Oudtshoorn, the capital of ostrich farming. It is a suitable stopover between the Cape region and the Garden Route and is a popular destination due to its numerous attractions. You have the opportunity to visit one of the ostrich farms, explore stalactite rock formations just outside of town in the Cango Caves or watch the meerkats at sunrise. 

What can you do in the area? 

  • Visit Cango Caves

  • Visit ostrich farms

  • Watch meerkats

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Bloukrans Bridge
Tsitsikamma
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