Garden Route AttractionsThe Garden Route
The Garden Route is a coastal corridor on the southern coast of South Africa, where ancient forests, rivers, wetlands, dunes, stretches of beach, lakes, mountain scenery and indigenous fynbos all merge to form a landscape of restorative beauty.
This is a strip of land like no other in the world in terms of beauty, natural attractions and unique flora and fauna - hence its name. Three of South Africa’s top hikes take place here - the Otter Trail and the Tsitsikama and Dolphin trails and man’s footprint has made little impact on the rugged and sometimes inaccessible coastline.
The Garden Route is a paradise for eco-lovers, bird watchers and solitude seekers and one of the most beautiful parts of the Western Cape. It lies sandwiched between the Outeniqua Mountains and the Indian Ocean and is on every tourist’s itinerary. The Garden Route is a popular holiday destination during summer and a tranquil hideaway during the winter months - both seasons are equally beautiful and attractive due to the largely Mediterranean climate of the Garden Route.
Popular Towns in the Garden Route Region
Overnight? Accommodation in Albertinia
Albertinia, a peaceful little town lying at the foot of the Langeberg Mountain range, is known as the home of the Aloe. The indigenous Aloe ferox, or Cape Aloe, grows prolifically in the area and the leaves are collected and drained for its...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Ballots Bay
Ballots Bay is a small coastal neighbourhood nestled in the verdant abundance of the Garden Route in the Western Cape. This area forms part of the magnificent shores of the Southern Cape of South Africa, and benefits from being sheltered...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Belvidere
Belvidere owes its continued English character to a number of people over the years who have done their utmost to retain the historical integrity of the little enclave. Architectural guidelines have never been formalised, despite attempts...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Bluelilliesbush
Bluelilliesbush is a small area that is perched along the renowned Garden Route of South Africa. Specifically, it is located in Tsitsikamma, which is part of the Western Cape Province and is known for its stunning greenery and the prolific animal...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Boggomsbaai
Little Boggoms Bay, or Boggomsbaai as it is known, is one of several small seaside villages that fall within the Fransmanshoek Conservancy, on the Garden Route. It lies just south of Mossel Bay, close to the mouth of the Gouritz River. The small...
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Brenton On Sea
Overnight? Accommodation Brenton On Sea
Lying on the other side of Knysna’s Western Head, nestled on the shores of the Indian Ocean in a quiet, lazy bay, residents describe Brenton on Sea’s beauty as the coast that Knysna doesn’t have, and in reality, Knysna lies on a lagoon, the...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Dana Bay
Whilst often disregarded simply as a suburb of Mossel Bay, Dana Bay is in fact a conservancy, set in the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom, home to fine examples of coastal and limestone varieties of fynbos under threat from global warming...
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Overnight? Accommodation in De Vlugt
Roughly halfway along Prince Alfred Pass (R339), as it descends to meet the river, is the historical hamlet of De Vlugt. Also know as Die Vlug, De Vlugt is what remains of the dwellings of Andrew Geddes Bain and his son, Thomas, their outbuild...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Eersterivier
Easily confused with the other Eersterivier, which lies between Cape Town and the Cape Winelands close to Somerset West, the little holiday village of Eersterivier lies virtually unknown on the rocky coastline of the Tsitsikamma on the country’s...
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Overnight? Accommodation in George
Lying in a fertile, rich valley, surrounded by the Outeniqua Mountains, forests, rivers and prosperous farmlands, George lies just 420 km from Cape Town and 320 km from Port Elizabeth, making it a perfect stopover from which to explore the...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Glentana
The origins of the name, Glentana, are a little murky, but there are those who believe that there is a very strong connection between the town and a certain whiskey still brewed in Northern Scotland that goes by the same name. The rich...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Gouritsmond
Just over an hour's drive from Still Bay, Gouritsmond lies on the Garden Route on the coast, at the mouth of the Gourits River - creating a wonderful water playground where river meets sea. Pretty little stone houses that date back to the...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Great Brak
Whilst the adjectives - peaceful and tranquil - have been bandied about when referring to holiday locations, when applied to Great Brak they take on new meaning. This little village, just a few kilometres from both Mossel Bay and George, is...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Harkerville
The beauty of the Garden Route is undeniable, but it is always even more delightful when combined with the serenity and calm of a little seaside suburb like Harkerville. This is a farm area situated between Plettenberg Bay and...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Hartenbos
Hartenbos lends itself to family holidays and during school vacation the tranquil town becomes a bustling seaside destination. The village of Hartenbos started life as a farm granted to Esaias Meyer, a local farmer, as a reward by the Dutch...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Herolds Bay
The beautiful, secluded bay called Herold’s Bay has held an allure for holiday makers since time of old. Sketches and photographs in the George museum tell of ox wagons filled with tents, goods and servants, camping out on the beach itself...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Hoekwil
Just 10km inland from Wilderness lies the little village of Hoekwil. What used to be an undiscovered farming community lies in a crook of the Touws River and is described by those who live there as a 'piece of paradise'. Hoekwil's residents...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Albertinia
Set in amongst other villages with similarly lyrical names, like Musgund, Louterwater and Kareedouw, on Route 62, Joubertina is a little town in the Eastern Cape that, until the establishment of the famous and very long wine route, suffered...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Kareedouw
Kareedouw is a gorgeous little town that lies on Route 62 just behind the Tsitsikamma National Park, between Joubertina and Humansdorp, and nestled up against the Suuranys Mountains roughly 120 kilometres from Port Elizabeth. Its a pretty...
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Stay? Accommodation Keurboomstrand
Lying on the other side of the Keurbooms River from Plettenberg Bay, Keurboomstrand (or beach) lies on an enviable part of the Garden Route, highly popular for camping, fishing and swimming. But don't let the idea of holiday fever crowds deter...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Knysna
Knysna is a natural paradise of lush, indigenous forests, tranquil lakes and golden beaches. She nestles on the banks of a breathtakingly pretty lagoon, now a protected marine reserve that is home to the extraordinary sea horse and...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Konkie Bay
The Tsitsikamma is one of South Africa’s most exquisite gems. It is lush, verdant, and bursting with natural beauty in many different forms – mountains, rivers, valleys, forests and beaches. It is found in the Western Cape of South Africa...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Little Brak
Mainly a resort area, this part of the coast is renowned for having the mildest climate throughout the year and Little Brak River manages to achieve a subtle balance between energetic seaside activities and contemplative quiet to restore...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Mossel Bay
Mossel Bay lies halfway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, close to the towns of Swellendam, Outdshoorn, Plettenberg Bay and Knysna on the Garden Route and is synonymous with the Mossgas project, where offshore gas fields are mined for...
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Overnight? Accommodation Natures Valley
Possibly the best part about staying in Nature’s Valley is that, despite its being on the Garden Route and in spite of its overwhelming beauty, it has managed to remain relatively ‘undiscovered’. The peaceful valley, some 29 kilometres...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Noetzie
Noetzie is a hamlet - some people describe it simply as a beach - just east of the Garden Route town of Knysna. The Khoi people, who lived here, called it Noetziekamma – referring to the darkness of the waters of the Noetzie River, into which...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Oyster Bay
As its name indicates, Oyster Bay is also a stronghold of one of the main efforts to conserve the African Oyster Catcher that makes the beaches here its home, and there is controlled use of 4x4 vehicles and noisy motorbikes along the beaches...
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Stay? Accommodation Plettenberg Bay
The town of Plettenberg Bay lies almost on the border of the Western and Eastern Cape. Built on the hillside, most of the town is on a steep slope leading down to the sea, which means that regardless of where you find yourself accommodated, you...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Reebok
Reebok is a little seaside village just outside Mossel Bay. It lies between Klein Brakrivier and Groot Brakrivier, one of a handful of beachside holiday hamlets east of Mossel Bay. These towns tend to run into one another, functioning more as...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Rheenendal
Rheenendal is, officially, part of the Eden District Municipality, which is as visually spectacular as its name implies, thanks to the lush fertile vegetation of this part of South Africa. Being perched within these idyllic surrounds means...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Riversdale
Mountains feature predominantly in the village’s appeal and the well-loved Sleeping Beauty mountain peak provides a distinctive backdrop to the bustling little town, whose main industry is still farming - wheat, cattle, ostriches, wild flowers...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Roodefontein
Just outside the tourist hub of Plettenberg Bay, along the magnificent Garden Route in the Western Cape Province of South Africa, lies the little town of Roodefontein. This part of the world is famous for its beautiful vistas and scenic...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Sedgefield
Lying between George and Knysna on the Garden Route and 490 km from Cape Town, Sedgefield is a beautiful seaside village surrounded entirely by lakes, sand dunes covered in fynbos, pine plantations, the Swartvlei Estuary and the Indian Ocean...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Still Bay
The little seaside village of Stilbaai or Still Bay lies just off the N2 between Mossel Bay and Riversdale on an estuary where the Goukou River meets the Indian Ocean. Essentially a retirement village and holiday resort, the town has grown in...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Storms River
Storms River is a scenic, powerful river that winds its way through the Tsitsikamma Mountain Range and into the Indian Ocean. This is a key attraction for tourists from all over the world that want to experience the adventure sports and natural...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Tergniet
Tergniet is one of a handful of little seaside villages between Klein Brakrivier and Groot Brakrivier that function at once as suburbs of Mossel Bay and as seaside holiday towns - busy during summer, particularly over the festive season...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Thesen Island
Thesen Islands make safe, tranquil suburban living a reality in a world of urbanisation, hustle and bustle. This secure estate is situated on an award-winning Blue Flag marina in the heart of Knysna, which remains one of the Garden Route...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Tsitsikamma
The incredibly beautiful area of land that lies between the Tsitsikamma Mountains and the sea stretches west to the Bloukrans River and east to Eerste River, and is named after the San word that means ‘place of abundant water’. Tsitsikamma...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Twee Riviere
Twee Riviere is a stone's throw from Joubertina and takes its name from the two rivers that rise in the Tsitsikamma Mountains to the south and flow through town. The community is one of the oldest in the valley. The earliest records of the...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Victoria Bay
Victoria Bay is a special find - small, beautiful beach, almost hidden between George and Wilderness. The Outeniqua Tjoe-Choo steam train used to pass through Victoria Bay daily, taking passengers on a scenic train ride between George...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Vleesbaai
The pretty little seaside village of Vleesbaai (or Vlees Bay) lies virtually hidden between the bays of Stilbaai and Mossel Bay, just north of where the Gouritz River (of bungee jump fame from the Gourtitz River bridge, 65 metres up) joins...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Wilderness
As far back as the late 1800's the reputation of Wilderness with its natural bounty of rivers and lakes and intrinsic peace and tranquillity, ideal for seaside holidays, was established in a little stone farmhouse. A seaside boarding...
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