The breathtakingly beautiful and ecologically rich Garden Route stretches from Mossel Bay to Storms River. We set off from Cape Town passing many interesting and beautiful sites along the way including the famous Paarl region and the longest wine route in the world before reaching the Garden Route itself. The scenic route links a series of charming towns with spectacular natural beauty including forests, beaches and wetlands.
The Garden Route is home to the Cape Floral kingdom, the smallest but ecologically richest of the world’s six floral kingdoms, home to some 8 000 plant species, with approximately 70% being unique to this area. It is dominated by fynbos such as the King Protea, South Africa's national flower, and the beautiful Red Disa, the floral symbol of the Cape Province.
There are plenty of opportunities for adventure, relaxation and fun on the route ranging from scuba diving, fishing, safaris, abseiling and tree top tours to top golf courses, spas and boat cruises.
The Garden Route caters for all budgets and tastes ranging from back packers lodges to five star luxury. No trip to the Western Cape is complete without a visit to the Garden Route-just ask the four international teams who have decided to make the Garden Route their base camp for the FIFA 2010 Soccer World Cup.
Our Garden Route Tours range from two to seven days depending on your personal requirements and interests. Please contact us to tailor make a tour to suit your budget and time available. The following are just some of the highlights of this beautiful region. Please feel free to contact us for more information on the multitude of things to do and see in this region of the Cape.
Oudtshoorn is affectionately known as the “Ostrich Capital” of the world. Ostrich are in abundance and locals claim that the Oudtshoorn ostriches produce the finest quality of feathers in the world.
Visit a local farm to learn more about these unique birds and if you up to the challenge you can even ride on one! We will visit a local tannery and there will be an opportunity to purchase fine ostrich products including leather goods, clothing, shell ornaments, ostrich biltong (a South African delicacy) and more.
The Cango Caves is one of South Africa’s foremost natural wonders. The series of carvens and chambers naturally hewn out of limestone has been sculpted by nature over a period of millions of years. The caves are one of the ten most popular tourist sights in South Africa and will leave you gasping in awe and fascination.
The picteresque town of Knysna is situated in the heart of the Garden Route. It is home to a beautiful lagoon with a range of water sport activities and fishing on offer. The lagoon leads into the Indian Ocean and a boat trip to the Knysna Heads- the mouth of the lagoon is a must see. Alternatively one can enjoy whale-watching in season or a relaxing sunset cruise up the Keurbooms River.
The town is encircled by enchanting forests which is fabled to be home to fairies and elephant ghosts. It is rich in fauna and flora and is home to elephants, massive towering trees, including a 600 year old yellowood and abundant bird and reptile life. Enjoy a canopy tour as you swing through the forest or have a one on one encounter with the magnificent elephant- the most revered animal in the forest. Enjoy a swim in magical rock pools, or quad bike or hike through the forest. The experience is sure to stay with you for a life time.
Kynsna is famed for its oysters and no visit would be complete without sampling these delicious delicasies.
The beautiful town of George is nestlled on the foothills of the Outeniqua mountain range. This holiday paradise is the perfect year round destination and is increasingly becoming known as the golfer’s paradise of South Africa.
There is a multitude of things to do and see in George ranging from adventure activities to hiking, nature walks, bird watching and more.
A must do for all visitors to George is a ride on the Outeniqua Choo Tjoe, the only vintage steam train in South Africa. The train offers passengers a magical two hour jouney to Mossel Bay. Enjoy the scenic ride with views of the Indian Ocean whilst relaxing in the comfort of old world charm and sophistication.
The Bloukrans bridge is an engineering masterpiece- it is the highest single span arch bridge in the world.
But the bridge is famous for something else- it is also the site of the world’s highest commercial bungy jump. The nail biting experience is a must for all adventures and thrill seekers. For those who prefer to keep their adrenalin levels a little lower, a walk on the bridge provides beautiful views.
The aloe ferox plant is best known for its medicinal and cosmetic properties and has been used by indegenous people for centuries.This succulent plant which is indegenous to South Africa is found between the towns of Mossel Bay and and Riversdale.
At the original aloe factory you will get an opportunity to stretch your legs in the indigenous garden, featuring 17 species of aloes. The factory has regular traditional aloe tapping demonstrations. There is a multitude of wellness and beauty products for sale including sumptuous eats.
Cape Agulhas is the southern most tip of Africa and is the official dividing point between the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. In Portugese its name means “needles” and refers to the rocks and reefs that have wrecked many a ship. It is bordered by blue mountain ranges with endless beaches and dunes.The Cape Agulhas coast is an angling paradise and is known as the Ship's Graveyard.
Hermanus is famous for its long stretches of beaches, moderate climate and fresh sea air. It is undoubtedly the best shore-based whale watching spot in the world. It is a dream come true for nature lovers and is sure to delight both young and old.
This coastal town is the playground of the rich and famous and visitors from all over the world flock to enjoy its tranquil atmosphere.
Monkey land is the world’s first free roaming multi-species primate sanctuary. It is home to several species of primate who move about freely in harmony with the forest. At Monkeyland you will be given the unique opportunity of stepping into the world of these primates.