Boasting the mildest climate in South Africa, the Garden Route is more than just a destination for your Christmas holiday. There are plenty of things to do all year round; here are just a few of our favourites.
Knysna is basically the mini Cape Town of the Garden Route. There’s a waterfront where you can shop till you drop. There’s also the Knysna Heads where you can get a great view of the beautiful ocean (eat your heart out Lion’s Head). For the more adventurous, there’s the Knysna Elephant Park and all the hiking trails you could ever ask for.
To most keen golfers, just mentioning the Garden Route will bring up daydreams of hitting a perfect drive down the fairway or sinking that perfect putt. We can’t promise that you’ll play better golf on any of the world-famous courses in the area, but we can promise that you’ll have some of the best, if not thebest, golf courses in South Africa to choose from.
When thinking of the Garden Route, you probably think of relaxing days on the beach with family and friends. But what if you think relaxing is boring? What if you’d rather tie a rope around your body and jump off of a 216m high bridge? Well, the Blokrans Bridge Bungee Jump is just for you. It’s the highest commercial bungee jump in the world and will make for a great story to tell your friends!
Tsitsikamma National Park
If you’re looking for a day out in nature, then the Tsitsikamma National Park is just for you. Hit the hiking trails and enjoy all the fresh air you could ever wish for. The Storms River Mouth is a highlight of the Garden Route with its iconic suspension bridge over the river mouth. Be sure to keep a lookout for dolphins, cape clawless otters and the stunning Knysna turaco while you’re exploring the national park.
Nestled under the towering Outeniqua mountains, George is a city steeped in history and natural beauty. It’s the perfect home base for all of your Garden Route adventures and also has some pretty fantastic hotels if you ask us. You can choose between a chilled beach day at Victoria Bay, conquering the wild trails of the mighty Outeniqua mountains or take the time for a little bit of retail therapy at the George Mall.
If you ever need a change in scenery, you can head inland and explore one of South Africa’s most impressive attractions: the Cango Caves. The caves are a network of chambers that run for over 4km underground. If the idea of tight spaces gets you anxious, don’t worry; the main chamber is huge, right at the start of the tour and the most impressive of all the caves.
So, there you have it! That’s just a small taste of what the Garden Route has to offer. If you haven’t experienced that Garden Route before, you’re missing out on one of South Africa’s most beautiful treats. What are you waiting for? Start planning your next trip now.