You don’t have to look far to find paradise on your own doorstep. The Garden Route is a sublime stretch of forest and shore on the south-eastern coast of South Africa. The Garden Route stretches about 300 kilometres in length, starting around the Witsand area and ending with the magnificent Tstisikamma Forest making it one of the most popular holiday destinations for South Africans.
Stay in popular holiday towns such as Knysna, Plettenberg Bay or the Wilderness where you’ll find holiday accommodation to suit every budget. Book a Knysna holiday package, which is quite a central point in the Garden Route, and spend your days exploring in all directions.
You and your family will be spoiled for choice with the beautiful beaches and bays dotted along the coastline, or head into the indigenous forests along one of the many hiking trails through an incredible mix of vegetation. There are so many activities on offer on the Garden Route: from zipline tours in Tstisikamma to paragliding onto Wilderness beach and enjoying ostrich tours in Oudtshoorn. Be sure to keep an eye out for Sunday markets where local artisans display their wide range of crafts and delicacies.
Browse through our selection of Garden Route holiday packages and start planning all the activities and fun things to do when you visit the gorgeous Garden Route.
Featherbed Ferry – one of the most popular things to do in Knysna is take a cruise along the lagoon to the Knysna Heads.
Treetop Canopy Tours – The original canopy tour in South Africa. Glide 30m above the ground in the Tstisikamma forest.
Bungee Jumping – Get your adrenaline pumping with the world’s highest bungee jump at Bloukrans Bridge.
Robberg Hiking Trail – Go hiking in the Robberg nature reserve where you might be lucky enough to spot a Great White shark from your high vantage point.
Animal Sanctuaries – Animal lovers can enjoy a wildlife experience at 3 sanctuaries just outside of Plett: Birds of Eden, Monkeyland and Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary.
The Swartberg Pass – one of the most scenic mountain passes in the world.
The Cango Caves – Located in the foothills of the Swartberg range near Oudtshoorn, the Cango Caves is one of the world’s great natural wonders.