Garden Route

Along the Garden Route, travellers on South African safari can choose from the 10 nature reserves that are dotted along the route. The Garden Route is also known as the best “road trip” route to see the Southern Right Whales, with whale watching ranking as a popular activity among locals and tourists alike!

The four main cities along the Garden Route are George, Mossel Bay, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, each providing a unique delight and unique experiences during stops along the Garden Route whilst on a South African safari.

George is the commercial hub of the Garden Route, and it boasts the highest rainfall levels in the area. The area is both popular and modernised since its beginning as a timber town, and visitors can enjoy the shopping centres, great accommodation and world-class golf grounds.

Knysna lies just east of George and very close to Plettenberg bay. Built on the shores of the Knysna River estuary, the area is also home to the fabled Knysna Elephant and annually hosts the Oyster Festival in July.

Plettenberg Bay, once referred to by Portuguese explorers as ‘Bahia Formosa,’ which mean Beautiful Bay, is a great place to stop over during a South African safari and view the whales. It contains the largest seagull breeding colony, and the beaches provide kilometres of pristine white sand along which to stroll and look out for the famous “pansy shell”.

Mossel Bay is the last of the four main towns that make up the Garden Route, and it derived its name from the mussels in the bay. Still known today as a little fishing village, Mossel Bay provides an insightful look back into the history of the country as the destination where Bartholomeu Dias landed in 1488 after proving that it is possible to sail all the way from Europe to India.

The Garden route boasts a Maritime climate with hot summers and cold winters. The Garden route is commonly known as the “nicest all year rainfall stretch”, with most of the rain falling in the cold winter months (June – August). A beautiful and magnificent stretch of coastline, no South African safari can be complete without time spent traveling along the Garden Route, discovering the sights, sounds, activities and culture that make it a truly unique South African experience.

Read about our range of safari packages that include the Garden Route, or discover other South African attractions that you may want to include whilst on your South African safari.

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  • Aquila horse riding Aquila Horse Riding or Quad Biking Day Trip

    The Aquila Horse Riding or Quad Biking Day Trip includes a comfortable day drive from Cape Town through the scenic Hex River Valley and brings you to Cape Town’s closest private game reserve, Aquila Private Game Reserve & Spa.

  • Aquila Aquila Day Trip

    Enjoy a game drive viewing a variety of wildlife at Aquila Private Game Reserve. Just 2 hours drive from Cape Town, it is the perfect slice of real Africa so close to the city.


  • Kruger Cape Point Full Day Tour

    This is an awe-inspiring tour to the towering headland known as Cape Point, South Africa. Magnificent beaches, breathtaking views and picturesque coastal villages such as Hout Bay and Simon’s Town are to be seen along the way.

  • tour with bicycles Cape Point Full Day Tour with Bicycles

    Tour the Atlantic coast including Clifton, Camps Bay & Llandudno, to the fishing village of Hout Bay in your tour vehicle. Then drive over Chapman’s Peak to Simon’s Town where we meet up with a colony of the rare African Penguins at Boulders Beach. Other highlights include a hike to the Cape Point lighthouse and a short cycle around Cape Point. End the day by returning home via Scarborough and Kommetjie.

  • Shark cage diving Shark Cage Diving & Viewing Full Day Tour

    Experience Great White Shark Cage Diving in Gansbaai, Cape Town. You will see these beautiful beasts near the Geyser and Dyer Islands from the safety of a cage. An adventure you will never forget!

  • Cape Town City Half Day Cape Town City Tour

    We commence the Cape Town City tour with a cable car trip up the legendary Table Mountain for spectacular views of the Mother City and the surrounding peninsula. (weather permitting; cable car fee not included),    Back in the city itself, we visit the well preserved Company’s Garden, the S.A. Museum, the Castle of Good Hope and the vibrant and arty flea market known as Greenmarket Square. We also take a trip through the colourful and picturesque Malay Quarter known as Bo-Kaap.

  • Apartheid museum Half Day Apartheid Museum Tour

    The Apartheid Museum is one of the most interesting museums in South Africa. This museum is filled with all the history and diversity of the past including all the Apartheid elements that formed South Africa into what it is today.

  • Kruger experience Kruger Experience – Classic Package

    Enjoy a 4-day Kruger experience in one of Africa’s most popular national parks, the Kruger National Park. This adventurous experience offers the best game viewing opportunity possible with game drives through the park and optional bush walks, which allow you to get up close and personal with the wildlife of the Kruger National Park.

  • Cape Town experience Cape Town Experience – Classic Package

    The lively city of Cape Town has been named again and again as one of the top cities in the world to visit thanks to its wide range of activities, breathtaking scenery and variety of unique restaurants and markets. Explore all the amazing wonders that the Mother City has to offer this exciting 4 day Cape Town Experience. Enjoy your stay at the beautiful Sweet Ocean View Guest House, situated only 10 minutes away from the beach.

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