The Garden Route

Location: South Africa

Total Area: 23,331 sq km

Population: 574,265

Language: English, Afrikaans, Xhosa

Popularity rating:

9.5/10

The 300-kilometer stretch of coastal road on the south west tip of South Africa regarded as the most beautiful coastal stretch in the country. Home to almost a dozen nature and marine reserves, a road trip on the Garden Route offers plenty of opportunities for activities along the way, from hiking to eco and whale watching tours, to exploring caves and deserted sandy beaches. The route meanders between the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, and the Tsitsikamma and Outeniqua mountain ranges, creating contrasting, yet equally stunning views on either side. The lush greenery of the indigenous forests meets the jagged cliffs and the sprawling coastal vistas, producing the type of panoramic views only found in magazines. The area is easily explored on a group tour, self-drive holiday or privately escorted tour and offers visitors a great variety of sights, activities and adventures to enjoy.  

Knysna Lagoon

Located between two cliffs known as The Heads, the shocking blue water of the lagoon is breathtaking. A popular spot for local fisherman and water sports enthusiasts, the lagoon is the perfect relaxing spot on the Garden Route 

Route highlights

Cango Caves

At the head of the Cango Valley, lies the hidden wonder of the Klein Karoo. Filled with dripstone caverns, the Cango Caves are over 4km in length(however only a quarter of this is open to the public)/

Tsitsikamma National Park

Home to a marine reserve, deep gorges and The Big Trees, this national park is full of different trails. The most popular being The Mouth Trail crossing Storms river by a suspension bridge. Spot a variety of birds and if youre lucky a bush pig or two

Tours visiting

The Garden Route
Luxury Cape Town, Garden Route and Safari
Cape Town, Garden Route, Johannesburg, Kruger National Park & Botswana Photo Safari
Victoria Falls Train Trip, Cape Town, Garden Route & Safari
13 Day Drakensberg & Garden Route self drive
10 Day Cape Town, Garden Route & Victoria Falls Combo
9 Day Cape Town and Garden Route
Cape Town, Wine and Whales
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Off the beaten track

Wilderness National Park

Canoe down the famous Wilderness national park and enjoy the breath taking views

Swartberg Mountain Pass

The Swartberg Pass is the diamond of gravel road passes in South Africa

Diepwalle

The Diepwalle forest is located near to Knysna, it offers a magical woodland escape. Fall asleep to the sound of rustling leaves and learn about the forest elephants.