The stretch of lush forests, mountains and rugged coastline between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth is fondly referred to as The Garden Route. Picturesque seaside villages scattered along the coast are filled with shopping treasures and hospitable locals. The natural splendour of this area opens the door to great adventure; from exhilarating bungy jumping to canoeing on a tranquil lagoon. A span of activities to suit all ages and various accommodation options makes this region the ideal family holiday destination.
The Garden Route provides the opportunity to “unplug” and reconnect with nature. Explore the Tsitsikamma forest in almost any way imaginable! A canopy or zipline tour is perfect for a bird’s eye view and to spot some of the feathered inhabitants of the treetops such as the Knysna Touroco. For the extra adventurous, try canyoning routes amid the indigenous trees or abseiling down some of the majestic waterfalls. For the perfect family adventure, a Segway scooter trail can be arranged through the forest. Classic hiking and walking trails are still very popular and arguably the best way to experience the true essence of this ancient forest. For the ultimate adrenalin rush, try the world’s highest bridge bungy. Spot great white sharks and southern right whales splashing in the bay while hiking in the Robberg Nature Reserve in Plettenberg Bay. This Marine Protected Area that stretches one nautical mile out to sea is also home to a seal colony. Head to Knysna to indulge in delicate oysters and to sample locally produced craft beer. Make the most of the lagoon and ride the ferry to the Featherbed Nature Reserve or take a boat cruise to the “heads” and immerse yourself in the beauty of this quaint town. Fabulous accommodation between the mountains, on the edge of a cliff or among the forest trees will make your stay an authentic Garden of Eden one.
- Explore the Tsitsikamma Forest
- Many nature reserves
- Do the highest bridge bungee
- Mountain bike and hiking trails
- Elephant Sanctuary – up close encounters with these gentle giants
- Visit Knysna to cruise the lagoon and feast on oysters
- Wildlife sanctuaries
- View exotic birds in the world’s largest free-flight aviary
- Beach horse riding