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Garden Route Luxury Holidays


The southern Cape coast of South Africa is dotted with broad sandy beaches, lagoons, lakes, rugged river gorges and ancient forests where red-winged Knysna loeries flit through the tree canopy. Explore this spectacularly diverse coastline, and you too can discover why a Garden Route holiday is a firm favourite amongst families, honeymooners, outdoor adventurers and wildlife enthusiasts too.

The official start of South Africa’s Garden Route is the town of Mossel Bay, but you really know you're on holiday when the road winds around the coastal pass to the small seaside town of Wilderness. Here your views stretch out over the warm Indian Ocean and sweep of white sand beach. A little further, past Sedgefield with its vibrant Farmers' Market, you reach Knysna.

Knysna is famous for its lagoon and surrounding forest: catch the ferry to the Featherbed Nature Reserve, stroll cliff paths on the dramatic Knysna Heads (the lagoon headlands), play a round on one of the championship golf courses, and pick from the many great restaurants at the pretty waterfront (be sure to try the oysters!). A mere 40 minute-drive further, upmarket Plettenberg Bay (or Plett) overlooks the warm sea and golden beaches. Almost 40 species of whales and dolphins have been recorded off the coast here so an ocean safari is sure to be a highlight of your Garden Route holiday. You can also visit Monkeyland and the Birds of Eden Sanctuary - enormous forested domes filled with exotic monkeys or birds.

Getting to the Garden Route is easy: drive from Cape Town straight along the N2 national highway, or inland along the incredibly scenic Route 62 which passes through the Klein Karoo town of Oudtshoorn. In its heyday Oudtshoorn supplied a large percentage of the world’s demand for ostrich feathers, and still has a number of working ostrich farms. You can also visit the Cango Caves to wriggle through narrow tunnels and stand in awe in vast caverns dripping with stalactites.

South Africa's Garden Route is all about relaxation, outdoor activities and soaking up the sun on beautiful beaches. To find out more, contact a Southern Africa Travel specialist today or take a look at our most popular Garden Route tours and safaris. And do think about adding an Eastern Cape safari to the end of your Garden Route holiday; these game-packed private reserves lie around three hours’ drive from Plettenberg Bay. 

Our Most Popular Garden Route Blogs:

  • Driving the Garden Route: Having driven this coastline many times before, we share a few of our highlights and not-to-be-missed stops…
  • Garden Route Family Holidays: Looking for a family holiday your kids will never forget? The Garden Route really does have it all!
  • Garden Route Activity Guide: Outdoor activities along the Garden Route are as diverse as the incredible scenery along this stretch of coastline.
  • Golf and the Garden Route: Discover some of Africa's premier golfing destinations, sporting immaculate greens with mountain and ocean views.
  • Get Your Kicks on Route 62; A scenic inland meander between Cape Town, the Garden Route and beyond - this is a journey worth taking slowly!

Garden Route Tours & Safaris

Cape Town, Garden Route & Malaria Free Safari

Cape Town, Garden Route & Malaria Free Safari

7 Nights | 8 Days

From USD $1,720

Visiting Cape Town, Garden Route, Eastern Cape

Southern African Dream

Southern African Dream

15 Nights | 16 Days

From USD $10,030

Visiting Cape Town, Cape Winelands, Garden Route, Kruger National Park and 2 more top destinations.

City, Sea & Safari

City, Sea & Safari

9 Nights | 10 Days

From USD $2,142

Visiting Cape Town, Garden Route, Eastern Cape


Featured Garden Route Accommodation

Conrad Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa

Conrad Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa
Style: Beachfront Accommodation

From USD $371

Fancourt Hotel and Golf Estate

Fancourt Hotel and Golf Estate
Style: Golf Course Accommodation

From USD $242

African Relish

African Relish
Style: Self-catering Accommodation

From USD $99

De Opstal Country Lodge

De Opstal Country Lodge
Style: Lodge

From USD $76

Hog Hollow Country Lodge

Hog Hollow Country Lodge
Style: Lodge

From USD $145

Hunter’s Country House

Hunter’s Country House

Price on request


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