It starts at Mossel Bay in the west and stretches 200 km to Tsitsikamma National Park in the east. It is one of South Africa’s most popular destinations and offers fantastic holiday opportunities, with stunning scenery and great activities and accommodation.
Our favourite stretch of the route is between George and Storms River, which is by Tsitsikamma National Park. There are some lovely places to stay along the way and numerous things to see and do. Knysna and Plettenberg Bay are particular favourites of ours. Knysna is set on an exquisite lagoon, while Plettenberg Bay is equally attractive in its own way, with fabulous sandy beaches and the Robberg Peninsula just a few kilometres away.
The Garden Route does not just have spectacular scenery to offer. There is plenty to keep visitors busy. There is some splendid walking and hiking in the forests between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay – you can kayak or canoe along the rivers or lagoons, go for a cycle ride, or play a round of golf on one of the many golf courses in the area. There are some beautiful birds to be spotted by keen birdwatchers, while whales and dolphins can be seen between July and November. For the more adventurous, there is one of the highest bungee jumps in the world and a zip ride through the tree canopy of the Tsitsikamma Forest.
The Garden Route also offers an excellent opportunity for a non-malarial safari - please visit our Garden Route Safaris page for more information.
Please click below for our three recommended route options for the Rarden Route.