This legendary route runs roughly between Mossel Bay on the Southern Cape and Storms River west of Port Elizabeth. There is LOTS to do in this area! Combined with the temperate climate, stunning coastal scenery and indigenous forests and fantastic ‘foodie’ spots, this makes for a memorable holiday.
Reasons to visit the Garden Route include:
Starting or ending in Cape Town or Port Elizabeth, both cities are serviced by regular international flights. From here we can organise a hire car for you to self-drive along the route, the roads are good and it’s almost impossible to get lost.
Places to stay vary from homestays to luxury hotels, so depending on your budget, there is loads of choice here. Christiana Lodge is a lovely mid-range option in Plettenberg Bay. For a more upmarket choice, look at Lairds Lodge and Phantom Forest.
Secluded accommodation, a pool and great food near Plettenberg Bay.
A 4-star lodge set on the edge of an indigenous forest in a private nature reserve near Tsitsikamma.
Isola Bella Villa is situated on an island in Knysna Lagoon on the world famous Garden Route.
Knysna Hollow offers comfortable accommodation in a country estate setting on the outskirts of Knysna.
Lairds Lodge, near Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route, offers stylish accommodation in beautiful surroundings near unspoilt beaches.
This Eco-Reserve sits in a nature reserve on the Knysna River.
Red Stone Hills has 6 separate cottages located on a working farm near Oudtshoorn.
Treetop suites and villas all with private pools, in a pristine forest setting just 10kms from Pletterberg Bay.
Time: GMT +2 hours
There are daily flights from Europe to Johannesburg (about 10 ½ hours direct) and Cape Town (about 11 hours). There is also a good network of domestic flights connecting all main towns.
Language: English is South Africa's main administrative language and is widely spoken. There are also 11 official tribal languages.
Visas are not required for British passport holders.
No vaccinations are compulsory. Malaria is found in certain areas (mainly Kruger and the east coast towards Mozambique), but not throughout the country.