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Garden Route, South Africa

Garden Route

Spanning from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth, the Garden Route is an incredibly scenic part of South Africa, so-called because of its abundant vegetation.

Pretty seaside towns, beautiful beaches, the semi-desert Karoo and lush Tsisitakama Forest all form an area which boasts a dizzying array of things to do and see.

The Whale Route runs from Cape Town to Hermanus, a small fishing town which boasts some of the best land-based whale watching in the world from July to November. Further north you will find the coastal towns of Knysna, on the shores of a peaceful estuary, and Plettenberg Bay, a vibrant holiday town with great restaurants and fabulous sandy beaches.

Walking to the beach, Hermanus, South Africa
Hermanus, South Africa
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa

Why visit the Garden Route

  • Self-drive along the scenic coastline with its breathtaking scenery
  • Experience some of the best land-based whale watching in the world in Hermanus
  • Visit bird, monkey and elephant sanctuaries
  • Sail through the Knysna heads on a Featherbed cruise
  • Go hiking in the Tsitsikamma National Park with its excellent forest trails
  • Take a detour and head through the mountainous Outeniqua range via Prince Albert’s Pass with views into the Langkloof Valley some 1000km below
  • Explore the holiday town of Plettenberg Bay with its beautiful beaches

Experiences

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Plettenberg Bay

Explore the holiday town of Plettenberg Bay with its beautiful beaches.

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Wildlife Sanctuaries

Visit bird, monkey and elephant sanctuaries.

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Featherbed Cruise

Sail through the Knysna Heads on a cruise to the private Featherbed Nature Reserve, home to diminutive blue duikers.

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Whale Watching

Experience some of the best land-based whale watching in the world from the town of Hermanus.

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The Outeniqua Range

Head through the mountainous Outeniqua Range, via Prince Albert’s Pass, with views into the Langkloof Valley, some 1000 metres below.

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Self-Drive the Garden Route

Self-drive along the scenic coastline with its breathtaking scenery.

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Tsitsikamma National Park

Go hiking in the Tsitsikamma National Park with its excellent forest trails.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Jackie Devereux

I was born in Zimbabwe. With a dad who was in the police force, we moved from place to place. I have always been passionate about travel. My grandparents mentioned that our ancestors set off from the Horn of Africa – Ethiopia – looking for better cattle pastures. They ended up settling in the south-eastern hills of Zimbabwe, in the Great Zimbabwe area.

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Illona Cross

Born in a small South African town, I have always followed my passion for nature and discovery. After studying Nature Conservation in Pretoria, I was one of the first women to complete a very tough cadetship in the Natal Parks Board. It was here where I cut my teeth in African wildlife management. My desire to see more led me to work as a guide for AndBeyond, first in South Africa, then in Tanzania as the company expanded. Here, I lived and worked in the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro, guiding and running safari camps.

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Bridget Cohen

Aged five and with my Curious George toy safely tucked under my arm, I set off with my family to travel around Europe in an orange VW minibus. Looking back on the adventures we had along the way, I now know that this was where my love for travel and exploring began.

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