Garden Route Things To Do

The Garden Route runs parallel to a coastline featuring lakes, mountains, indigenous forests, rivers and golden beaches. Show on Map

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South Africa Things To DoThings To Do in the Garden Route

The beautiful and dramatic Garden Route, that stretches from around Mossel Bay to the Storms River Mouth, is an area dense with forests, beaches, lakes, rivers, kloofs and hardwood trees and is regarded as one of the most beautiful regions in the country. The area is jam-packed with things to do, and visitors are spoilt for choice. Simply driving the Garden Route is a joy, with countless picnic spots, viewpoints and attractions. From mountain biking through the Harkerville Forest, bird watching in the Wilderness National Park and abseiling into the Kaaimans River, to black water tubing down the Storms River, one is never at a loss for things to do.

Salt River Mouth Hiking Trail

Where? Natures Valley
Start: near the tea room in Natures Valley Finish: circular route Duration: 5 kms Fitness: moderate Our tip: get your map and permit from the office at De Vasselot campsite Natures Valley takes you into ...

Grysbok and Bushbuck Trails

Where? Heidelberg
Start: Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve, near the little village of Suurbraak or Heidelberg Finish: Grootvadersbosch Reserve Duration: various Fitness: moderate Our tip: their campsite, which has only a ...

Skaapplaas Hiking Trail

Where? Mossel Bay
This hiking trail is accredited and takes around five or six hours to complete, depending on the size of your group and your individual abilities. The Skaapplaas Trail is 10 kilometres long, and takes ...

Pollock's Pizza Café

Where? George
In the heart of the Garden Route lies the growing town of George, in the Western Cape. George showcases the magnificent Outeniqua Mountain Range, which lies just outside the town’s borders and is characterised ...

Browse The Scarab Craft Market

Where? Sedgefield
Shop at The Scarab Craft Market - The market boasts unique stalls with a good selection of arts, crafts, clothes, gifts, jewellery and delicious food. Each stall has its own special characteristic and ...

Monkey around at Monkeyland

Where? Plettenberg Bay
Swing yourself into a tree thick primate sanctuary and explore un-caged monkeys and pre-monkey species that take your affection captive. A free walking foot safari of Monkeyland transports you into a land of ...

Whale & Dolphin Watching Cruise

Where? Plettenberg Bay
Discovery cruises are run on our boats which do not hold permits and are legally obliged to stay 300 meters from whales. These cruises operate all year around. We take special notice of any dolphins in the ...

The Windmill Cafe

Where? Sedgefield
Nothing is better than good food with great ingredients. The open sarnies are spectacular and filled with a number of fresh ingredients including cherry tomatoes, pastrami, black olive pesto and brie served ...

Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours

Where? Storms River
'Me Tarzan, you Jane.' Swing from the treetops across the forest canopy of the place named by the ancient San, Tsitsikamma (place of abundant water). The abundant water has birthed abundant South African ...

Rust-en-Vrede Waterfall

Where? Oudtshoorn
Rust-en-Vrede taken from the Afrikaans expression for 'rest and peace' is true to its translation in setting. Indigenous plants and animal life flanks a trail of bridges and paths that lead you up the ...

Hike the Dolphin Trail

Where? Tsitsikamma
For those hikers who know the rigours of the Otter Trail, and for those who have never had the luck or the courage to hike it, why not take a well earned break and come and enjoy the unrivalled beauty and ...

The Mohair Mill Shop

Where? Plettenberg Bay
Just a few hundred metres from the N2, the enormous warehouse called The Mohair Mill Shop and Décor belies the treasures inside. This is the biggest component in a miniature village of shops, galleries and a ...

Doubleshot Coffee Bar

Where? Plettenberg Bay
If you need to get your daily caffeine fix or can’t begin your day without your flat white, cuppa joe or double tall skinny cappuccino then this is the place for you. Doubleshot Coffee Bar is the place for all ...

Nature's Way Farmstall

Where? Natures Valley
Stop in for a taste of real dairy goods made from Jersey milk, all without the use of artificial hormones and antibiotics. Specialising in their own Loredo Farm Cheese, Nature’s Way also offers a wide range of ...

La Capannina

Where? George
La Capannina remains one of George’s favourite eating spots, boasting country-style warmth and a unique style of décor. This décor is defined by wood, wrought iron, gold, copper, and interesting pieces of art. ...

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