The Garden Route is one of the most popular destinations in Southern Africa, famed for unparalleled natural beauty, a variety of adventure activities and exhilarating experiences.
Stretching along the south-east coast of South Africa, the Garden Route spans from Mossel Bay in the south to Storm’s River and is home to unique experiences all in settings of natural splendour. With all of this adventure and excitement on offer, it is difficult to know where to start. Put your visit to the Garden Route in the hands of a local and experienced guide, passionate about the area.
Oudtshoorn Caves & Ostriches
Cross the Oteniqua Mountains and head to Oudtshoorn for an unforgettable Klein Karoo experience. Visit the Cango Caves, the regions iconic attraction and some of the most spectacular dripstone caverns in the country. Visitors hoping to catch a glimpse of the world’s largest bird will not be disappointed, as ostriches are a common sight in the area. Take an ostrich tour and get up close to these magnificent creatures.
Experience the beauty of the Swartberg mountains as you travel up the world famous, Swartberg Pass. This national monument takes you on a winding journey through the Swartberg, to the summit which offers stunning panoramic views of the Great and Little Karoo. You will then be taken down the mountain to the ‘Ou Tol’ (old toll house) and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee at the ‘Berg Kombuys’ which at as the offices for the H.O.P.E Foundation.
Shark Cage Diving
Up for a thrill? Get up close to nature’s perfect hunters, great white sharks, as you spend the day shark cage diving in Mossel Bay. Witness these magnificent, and often misunderstood, creatures in their natural habitat (from the safety of your solid steel cage). This is a great opportunity for you to see this apex predator in action and learn a bit about them. You don’t need any diving experience and you will be accompanied by trained divers. Don’t miss this marine adventure of a lifetime.
Featherbed Eco Experience
Enjoy the stunning Featherbed Nature Reserve, in Knysna as you take the ferry across the Knysna Lagoon to the Western Head. From here you will be taken up a beautiful 4x4 trail into the Reserve, stopping occasionally to allow you to take in the scenery and for your guide to give you all the information you need on the various plants and animals. Guests can also choose to take a short guided tour through the coastal forest into nearby sea caves.
Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour
Try something different and take a canopy tour in the beautiful Tsitsikamma rainforest. You will have an amazing time zip lining through the trees, from platform to platform, 30m above the forest floor. You will be as close as possible to all of the lush greenery and bird life, while the professional guides will not only ensure your safety, but give you interesting information about the forest’s ecosystem. This is an unforgettable experience that gives guests a truly unique perspective.
Venture out onto the sea, through the Knysna Heads, and explore the beautiful coastline of the Garden Route. As you cruise along the water you will be treated to stunning bays and caves, as well as coves with panoramic views. Lucky guests may even be visited by friendly pods of dolphins, who sometimes like to join in on the fun and see what everyone is up to. Other animals that you will likely get to see are various types of indigenous birds and the always entertaining seals and penguins.