Garden Route


The Garden Route is a dazzling stretch of the southern coast of South Africa. It stretches from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to the Storms River and includes towns such as Mossel Bay, George, Knysna, Oudtshoorn, Plettenberg Bay and Nature's Valley.

The Route is sandwiched between the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma mountains and the Indian Ocean. The Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma indigenous forests are a unique mixture of Cape Fynbos and temperate forest, and offer hiking trails and many eco-tourism activities. Nearly 300 species of birdlife are to be found in a variety of habitats, ranging from fynbos to forest to wetlands.

Although the most popular exploration of the Garden Route is by car, it is also the site of Africa's last remaining passenger steam train, the Outeniqua Choo Tjoe.



Altes Landhaus

Altes Landhaus is a stately Cape Dutch-style homestead located in the Schoemanshoek Valley of Little Karoo. Accommodation is in superbly decorated suites and double rooms, each with comfortable...


Aquavit Guest House

Situated above "Bahia Formosa" (which means beautiful bay), Aquavit has panoramic views of the Tsitsikamma and Outeniqua Mountains, and the coastal beaches of Plettenberg Bay on the Indian Ocean...


Bosavern Guest House

Bosavern Guest House is a stylish guesthouse set on a cliff offering fantastic views of the ocean, Robberg Beach and Robberg Nature Reserve in Plettenberg. Bosavern has five spacious and...


Hog Hollow Country Lodge

Situated 18km East of Plettenberg Bay, Hog Hollow Country Lodge, a private nature reserve, is set on the edge of indigenous forest with views of the surrounding valleys and Tsitsikamma Mountains...


Kanonkop House

Kanonkop House is situated on the apex of Kanonkop Hill above Knysna, and offers unique 5-star boutique accommodation. Each of the 5 suites at Kanonkop House is individually furnished and...


Kurland Luxury Hotel

Kurland Luxury Hotel is located near the picturesque beach resorts of Plettenberg Bay and Nature's Valley in the heart of the Garden Route. Accommodation is in 12 luxurious suites. Kurland's...


La Plume Guesthouse

La Plume is a 1902 Victorian homestead on a working ostrich, alfalfa and vine farm. It is set in the Olifantsrivier Valley with fantastic views of the Swartberg Mountains. Accommodation...


Lairds Lodge

Lairds Lodge Country Estate offers a slice of gracious living on the famous Garden Route. With 17 air conditioned en suite guest rooms, 2 lounges, 24 acres of grounds, covered terraces...


Rosenhof Country House

Rosenhof Country House is situated on the outskirts of Oudtshoorn en route to the Cango Caves and Ostrich Farms. Rosenhof has 12 rooms and 2 executive suites accommodating a maximum of 28 guest...


St James of Knysna

St James of Knysna is an exclusive country house hotel located in the heart of the Garden Route on the shores of Knysna Lagoon. The luxurious suites and rooms have views across the lagoon to...


Views Boutique Hotel & Spa

Views Boutique Hotel & Spa is positioned overlooking Wilderness Beach and the Indian Ocean, on South Africa's Garden Route. Accommodation consists of 18 luxurious suites, all spacious and...



Fancourt is a leisure and golf resort situated in the heart of the Garden Route. Ideally located just seven kilometres from both George Airport and the historic town of George, the resort is super...


Knysna Quays Hotel

Situated on the Knysna Quays waterfront, the Protea Hotel Knysna Quays is in the Garden Route's popular coastal town of Knysna. Accommodation consists of 123 spacious rooms which are tastefully...


Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa

Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa opened in February 2005 and is bordered by the cliffs of the Southern Cape coast, the Sinclair Nature Reserve and the Eastern Head of Knysna. It has panoramic views...


The Plettenberg

The Plettenberg is situated on a rocky headland in Africa's most spectacular coastal resort. With views of the ocean, mountains and endless stretches of beach, The Plettenberg is situated in the...


The Lookout Villa

The Lookout Villa at The Plettenberg is a family-friendly, 3-bed villa overlooking Plettenberg bay. The villa has fantastic views of the sunrises, pods of whales breaching in the winter months and...


Fynbos Camp Villas

Situated in Gondwana Game Reserve, Fybos Villas are privately situated a short drive from the main Fynbos Camp lodge. Each villa is exquisitely furnished and divided into a superior double room...


Kwena Huts

Kwena Huts are located in Gondwana Game Reserve, a short drive from the main Fynbos Camp lodge. The new Kwena Huts are a modern and luxurious twist on the traditional Khoi-San dwelling. Kwena...


Surval Boutique Olive Estate

Perfectly positioned, it is easy to explore the many attractions offered by Oudtshoorn and the rest of the Garden Route has to offer. Or simply put your feet up and enjoy a champagne sunset from our d...


Milkwood Manor

Four-star guesthouse  accommodation in Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route of South Africa, in the most  romantic seaside setting on the world famous Lookout Beach.The Georgian-styled buildi...


Leisure Isle Lodge

Perfectly positioned on Leisure Isle’s idyllic Bollard Bay Beach, it is easy to explore the many attractions offered by Knysna and the rest of the Garden Route from Leisure Isle Lodge. Or simply...


Turbine Hotel

The Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa was an ambitious project which transformed an old power station into a unique 5 star boutique Knysna hotel. All the old machinery which was used in this power statio...


Periwinkle Lodge

Periwinkle Guest Lodge is a 4 Star Luxury Lodge situated on Beachy Head Drive, Plettenberg Bay, directly across the road from the Robberg blue Flag Beach, ...


Tsala Treetop Lodge

Ideally situated between the coastal towns of Knysna and Plettenberg Bay in the Western Cape, Tsala is a wonderful location from which to explore the beauty the celebrated Garden Route or just to spen...


Day 1 - 4: Garden Route

Meal Basis: Bed & Breakfast

Against the dramatic backdrop of Table Mountain, the world famous Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is South Africa’s most popular tourist attraction. The Waterfront Village is favoured by families for many reasons that include the location of the village, its luxurious standing, services, facilities and the appeal of the village’s proximity to the V&A Waterfront. The Two Oceans Aquarium is within walking distance, offering hours of entertainment and a family-friendly restaurant with a supervised play area, allowing mom and dad a chance to rest! There is often a musical or theatrical production happening at the amphitheatre in the Waterfront to entertain the kids, movies in the shopping centre, boat trips and much more.

Day 5 - 7: Garden Route

Meal Basis: Full Board plus Activities

With breath-taking panoramic views of mountain and sea, the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is a luxurious pristine paradise showcasing the splendour of the Cape Floral Kingdom and the incredible marine life of the southern tip of Africa. The reserve has 2500 hectares of space to explore, and with specially created activities for children of all ages including swimming pools, horse riding, nature walks and drives, tailored menus, games and family orientated rooms, there is plenty to keep visitors, big and small entertained.

Day 8 - 9: Garden Route

Meal Basis: Bed & Breakfast

Perfectly set on a secluded country estate, near Knysna’s famous lagoon on the Garden Route, Knysna Hollow is the perfect base from which to explore the area. There are a number of dedicated family chalets and a wealth of activities within easy reach.

Local activities include water sports on the Lagoon, visits to the surrounding forests in search of elephants, canopy tours and whale watching. Alternatively, families will find plenty to do on the estate including swimming pool, outdoor games and expansive gardens to explore.

Day 10 - 12: Garden Route

Meal Basis: Full Board plus Activities

Lalibela Game Reserve is located in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, close to Port Elizabeth and Addo, which means it is not only malaria free, but spans 5 ecosystems, resulting in a breath-taking diversity of flora and fauna. The reserve consists of 7,500 hectares and is home to the Big 5 (lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo & leopard) as well as other predators like cheetah, hyena, jackal there are also vast numbers of plains game such as zebra, giraffe, warthog, impala, wildebeest, blesbuck and various other antelope species.

Mark’s Camp sleeps up to 20 guests in four individual chalets and four family chalets. It is a family friendly lodge welcoming children of all ages. A special children's programme of activities is offered at this camp which includes special activities, children's game drives and meals.

The properties in this itinerary are family orientated.

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