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Garden Route

The Garden Route is an area of natural wilderness with endless expanses of untamed forest and pristine beaches.  Imposing mountains line the roads and waterfalls cascade into blue-green seas from dramatic cliffs. Perched on the edge of a lagoon, the town of Knysna was established in the gold rush of 1804 and is a hub of local arts and crafts. Vibrant and bohemian, Knysna is surrounded by indigenous forests which are inhabited by the Knysna Loerie, the endangered Dwarf Chameleon, the Brenton Blue Butterfly and the elusive Forest Elephant. The smallest antelope, the blue duiker, and South Africa’s national bird, the Blue Crane can also be viewed here. Waterfront restaurants and exciting activities keep visitors endlessly entertained – perhaps go for a paddle-boat cruise and dinner. 

The Robberg Nature Reserve, just outside of the seaside resort of Plettenberg Bay, and the Garden Route National Park (encompassing Tsitsikamma and Wilderness National Parks) are ideal for birding, hiking and biking.  Perhaps visit Monkeyland and the Elephant Sanctuary while in the region, and adrenaline junkies shouldn’t pass up the opportunity to attack the highest bridge jump from Bungi Bridge.


Garden Route Hotels

$$ African Oceans Manor - Mossel Bay Garden Route

African Oceans Manor is a five-star luxury hotel located in Mossel Bay, South Africa. You can have one look at the glittering Ocean and would surely fall in love with the pleasing Beach. African...

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$$ De Zeekoe Guest Farm - Oudtshoorn Garden Route

Surrounded by the dramatic Swartberg and Outeniqua Mountains, De Zeekoe is a working farm outside Oudtshoorn, its beautifully restored homestead dating back to the early 1800s.  Choose between...

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$$ Elephant Hide of Knysna Guest Lodge - Kynsna Garden Route

Stay in one of our private, luxurious, African-themed suites when you visit Knysna and its beautiful lagoon in the heart of South Africa's unfenced Garden Route National Park. Surrounded by nature -...

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$$ Kurland - Plettenberg Bay Garden Route

Kurland Hotel is a luxury country house located on a beautiful polo estate just outside Plettenberg Bay.  Owner-managed and family-friendly, the attractive property nestles between mountains and sea...

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$$ The Queen's Hotel - Oudtshoorn Garden Route

The oldest 4 star in South Africa and third oldest of all hotels in SA. The Queen’s Hotel is an oasis of elegance and wired modern convenience in the heart of Oudtshoorn – the capital of the...

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$$$$ Fancourt - George Garden Route

The hotel offers 115 luxurious rooms and suites, expertly blending modern luxury with classic elegance. The result is understated luxury and charm with the signature Fancourt smiles you’ll come to...

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$$ The Robberg Beach Lodge - Plettenberg Bay Garden Route

Nestled at the heart of the world-famous Garden Route, Plettenberg Bay is a destination of distinction for all travellers in South Africa. Its beautiful sky and seascapes and the unspoilt beauty of...

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$$ Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa - Knysna Garden Route

The boutique Turbine is located on Knysna’s Thesen Island, surrounded by stretches of water.  A converted power station, this is a funky, industrial-chic property, in a gorgeous waterfront setting. ...

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