The Garden Route is the coastal area between Mosselbay and Port Elizabeth along the southern Cape coast of South Africa. It is known for its beautiful scenery, mountains, rivers, lakes, forests and beaches. A number of interesting, laid-back coastal towns add character to the Garden Route, including Knysna, Wilderness, Plettenberg Bay, Nature's Valley, Sedgefield and, of course, George with its regional airport.
- Easy to access from Cape Town or Port Elizabeth
- Safe and easy to visit as a self-drive tourist
- Interesting towns to see, like Knysna
- Tsitsikamma forest and Big Tree
- Outeniqua mountains
- Adventure activities including the highest bungee jump in the world
- Canopy Tours
- Cango Caves
- Scenery includes beaches, mountains, forests, lakes and rivers
For a longer trip to South Africa, the Garden Route can be an excellent addition to your itinerary. It is not known so much as a safari area, but the beautiful towns and villages, stunning scenery and variety of activities on offer make the Garden Route a popular place to live, and an interesting area to visit.
Attractions in the Garden Route area include shopping and dining in Knysna, the Garden Route's waterfront village, the forests and huge yellowwood trees in Tsitsikamma, sun and surf at Plettenberg Bay, tranquil beaches and nature walks at Nature's Valley, the Cango Caves and ostrich farms near Oudtshoorn, and the scenic lakes and rivers near Sedgefield and Wilderness. There is also a traditional bushman village for a unique cultural experience, close to Stormsriver.
The Garden Route is South Africa's golfing capital, with several world class golf courses such as Fancourt, Oubaai, Pinnacle Point, Pezula, Simola, Goose Valley, and many more.
Adventure activities include paragliding, bungi jumping (the highest bungi in the world), canoeing, rafting, tubing, snorkelling, horse-back riding, beach cycling, canopy tours (a zip-lining course among the tree tops in the forest), quad biking (ATV trails), shark cage diving at Mossel Bay, whale watching boat trips, ocean sailing trips, scenic helicopter flights, deep sea fishing, and much more.