Garden Route

The name itself evokes images of the lush vegetation, indigenous forests and pristine beaches that the Garden Route is known for. An area between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, it boasts a beautiful coastline that stretches past the towns of George, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. With immaculate beaches, unspoilt forests and several championship golf courses to choose from, the Garden Route is an ideal family destination. Spend a few days exploring the fairyland of the Tsitsikamma Forest and the Big Tree or marvel at the scenery while kayaking on the lagoons and rivers. For the really adventurous, the Blou Krans Bridge bungee jump is one of the highest in the world and is sure to get the adrenaline racing while family hikes in the fresh air of the forest invigorate and revitalize.

Whether it’s sipping on a cappuccino in one of Knysna’s trendy coffee shops or settling in for sime fine dining in Plettenberg Bay, the Garden Route boasts many excellent restaurants and watering holes that have spectacular sea, river or lagoon views. A favorite amongst South African families, we highly recommend making the Garden Route a part of your South African Summer itinerary.

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Cape Town Aerial view

CAPE TOWN, WHALE ROUTE & SAFARI (9 DAYS)

Spend 4 nights in stunning Cape Town at the ideally located Radisson Blu Hotel, perched on the Atlantic Seaboard rocks within walking distance of the V&A Waterfront. Explore Cape Town and surrounds. It’s a scenic coastal drive to Hermanus (via an optional Shark Cage Diving excursion!), for 2 nights at Abalone Guest Lodge, overlooking the bay. Hermanus is famous for whale watching (June – Nov) and has great beaches. From sea to safari – your next 2 nights are at Shamwari Private Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape for close encounters with Africa’s Big Five.

Table Mountain from Table Bay

GARDEN ROUTE, CAPE TOWN & SAFARI (12 DAYS)

Spend 5 blissful days a stone’s throw from the sandy, unspoilt beach in Plettenberg Bay, South Africa’s prettiest seaside town in the heart of the beautiful Garden Route. A scenic self-drive takes you down the Garden Route to Cape Town for 4 days at a trendy boutique guesthouse within walking distance of  fashionable restaurants and bars and views of famous Table Mountain and the harbour. After exploring the environs of Cape Town, Cape Point and her Winelands, fly to the Timbavati Game Reserve in the Kruger Park region for 2 days on a Big Five safari.

mala mala

KRUGER SAFARI & GARDEN ROUTE SELF-DRIVE (15 DAYS)

Spend 5 nights on a Big Five safari at Mala Mala in the Sabi Sands. Overnight in Johannesburg before flying to the town of George along the Garden Route. Collect your hire car and drive yourselves to the seaside town of Plettenberg Bay where you will be spending the next 2 nights.  Your self-drive journey then takes you to Knysna for 2 nights before heading to the quaint town of Swellendam for an overnight stay. The final leg of your stay leads you to the Franschhoek Winelands for 3 nights, where wine tasting and good cuisine are in abundance.