- Tsitsikamma Forest
- Plettenberg Bay
- Oudtshoorn/Little Karoo/Route 62
- Addo Elephant National Park
The Garden Route, so named for its year-round moderate climate and lush green vegetation, is one of the most picturesque regions of South Africa. Rolling hills, lakes, lagoons and ancient forests; endless coastlines and scenic mountain passes; charming towns and activities to suit all interests, from hiking and lagoon cruises to shopping, arts and crafts and excellent food – the charms of the Garden Route are virtually unlimited.
Your private guided tour will be customised to your needs, budget and time permitted. The accommodation we select ranges from hotels to guesthouses. You should devote at least four nights to a Garden Route tour; anything less will be rushed and an incomplete experience. If you want to include a safari you will need at least seven days in total.
A typical Garden Route tour will include the quaint town of Knysna, one of South Africa’s most beloved holiday coastal towns with its beautiful lagoon and ancient forests. A cruise across the lagoon to the Featherbed private nature reserve is one of our favourite Knysna pleasures. A walk in the shady forest on a hot summer’s day, spectacular sandy beaches, shellfish and oysters, local crafts, a traditional meal and visit to a local’s home, spectacular sunsets from The Heads, and a lot more!
The Tsitsikamma, just a short drive north of Knysna, is the true heart of the Garden Route; we’ll show you its coastal national park and canyons spanned by award-winning massive bridges; if it’s adventure you want there is the world’s highest bungee jump at Bloukrans; or perhaps a gentle walk through a forest of monkeys and exotic birds at The Crags. Another favourite scenic spot is Nature’s Valley – a pristine secret that has been beautifully conserved and is almost untouched by man’s invasive habits.
A Garden Route tour isn’t complete without going inland to the Klein (Little) Karoo. Just on the other side of the mountains of the Garden Route lies the semi-arid region of Route 62 – this is the road less travelled. The ostrich capital of the world and home to the ancient and fragile Cango Caves, this ‘big sky’ country with its own rugged beauty along Route 62 will delight you with quirky towns and villages, great food and warm hospitality. If you like the idea of traversing breathtaking mountain passes you won’t be disappointed along these roads.
The Overberg can be included in a Garden Route tour, as well as Swellendam and the Breede Valley – it all depends on the time you have available.
Contact us if you’d like to know more about a Garden Route tour, and please give us as much information as possible to that we can create an itinerary perfectly suited to your needs and interests.
Note: this region can conveniently be explored either as a round-trip from Cape Town and back, or you can fly in or out of Cape Town, Port Elizabeth or even George airports – we can meet you at the start and deliver you to your point of departure.