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How to Explore the Garden Route

How to Explore the Garden Route

Experience the ultimate road trip in South Africa with our Garden Route guide. Explore ancient forests, secluded beaches, hidden wine estates and unique wildlife sanctuaries.

Things to do on the Garden Route are varied, from bungee-jumping in Plettenberg Bay and exploring the treetops in Tsitsikamma to discovering fresh seafood delights in Knysna. A Garden Route itinerary is best experienced by road. And with us, on a fun, guided tour by luxury coach, you’ll experience the best that this diverse region has to offer.

Garden Route Highlights

With many popular holiday towns as part of your Garden Route itinerary, you have the chance to enjoy frequent sightseeing stops and quality stay-overs in scenic and interesting places.

Here are some Garden Route highlights:


Knysna is a treasure chest of things to do along the Garden Route. From relaxation, high-end shopping and famed dining to outdoor adventures and competitive sporting events, Knysna embodies the perfect balance of abundant nature and social sophistication.

Boasting one of the most temperate climates in Southern Africa, Knysna is an all-year-round destination with a wide choice of settings, each with a unique setting and memorable experiences on offer.

Here are some of the top things to do in Knysna:

  • Enjoy a scenic lagoon cruise to the Knysna Heads

  • Visit the Knysna Elephant Park

  • Hike the Knysna Forest

  • Go birding at the Garden of Eden

  • Attend the annual Oyster Festival

Plettenberg Bay

The buzzing coastal town of Plettenberg Bay (or Plett to the locals) is one of the most rewarding places to visit on the Garden Route. Prepare to explore miles of sweeping, unspoilt beaches, a dramatic rocky peninsula, intriguing lagoons and estuaries, towering indigenous forests and unpolluted rivers and sea. With these abundant natural resources, there’s plenty to do in Plett.

Explore the bay by boat, canoe its waterways, spot dolphins and seals, go parachuting or bungee jumping, explore your choice of 16 wine estates, or embark on a township tour and visit a traditional shebeen.

Here are some of our favourite things to do in Plett:

  • Explore the Tsitsikamma Forest on a tree canopy tour

  • Enjoy a game drive or horseback safari in the Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve

  • Visit the Simunye Community Centre for locally produced arts and crafts

  • Enjoy endless strolls along the pristine beaches

  • Tee off on a championship golf course

Klein Karoo

The semi-arid Klein Karoo region of the Western Cape is one of the must-visit places on the Garden Route. Home to many easily accessible attractions, this vast area of starkly beautiful semi-desert stretches inland beyond the Outeniqua mountain pass from George and includes the attractive town of Oudtshoorn, which was once the ostrich centre of the world. Today, Oudtshoorn enjoys a much-deserved reputation as a tourist centre.

These are our favourite things to do in the Klein Karoo:

  • Visit the world-famous Cango Caves, one of the world’s leading show caves

  • Go on safari at the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, Anysberg Nature Reserve and Gamkaberg Nature Reserve

  • Attend the annual Klein Karoo National Arts Festival

  • Go ostrich riding

  • Enjoy wine tasting along the Little Karoo Wine Route

Browse our Top Garden Route Tours

Regardless of whether your Garden Route itinerary sets off from Cape Town or Port Elizabeth, the scenery is spectacular and the locals in the small towns along the way are entertaining and welcoming.

Garden Route Discovered

Embark on a 3-night Garden Route safari through the Klein Karoo and discover charming towns, unique fauna and flora and striking landscapes.

Garden Route Splendour

Take in all the classic highlights of the area on a 5-night Garden Route safari that starts in Cape Town and ends in Port Elizabeth.

Garden Route Glory

Sit back and relax on a 4-night Garden Route tour that takes in the incredible scenery of the Tsitsikamma and Outeniqua mountain ranges, the stunning southern Cape coastline and large stretches of indigenous hardwood forests and expansive lagoons.

Enquire today about our Garden Route tours.