Attractions, Places of Interest & Popular Destinations

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.

Did you know? Once you've booked your hotel or Garden Route accommodation, explore the town and destination pages below for info on attractions, activities and things to do when you explore the glorious Garden Route.

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.

Did you know? The Garden Route provides a coastline of some 300 km between Mossel Bay and Plettenberg Bay – one of South Africa’s most popular holiday destinations for its effortless combination of ancient forests, rivers, wetlands, pristine stretches of beach, lakes, mountains and fynbos.

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.

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Destinations in the Garden Route Region

Albertinia

Overnight? Albertinia accommodation
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 bitter-tasting...

Ballots Bay

Overnight? Ballots Bay accommodation
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 from winds comin...

Belvidere

Overnight? Belvidere accommodation
Real estate agents describe Belvidere as a suburb of Knysna. In reality it is something of a quintessential English village on the west shores of the Knysna lagoon; a far cry from the modern Thesen Island that lies on the opposite bank. The hamlet of B...

Boggomsbaai

Overnight? Boggomsbaai accommodation
Stay on the gorgeous Garden Route of South Africa when you book your Boggomsbaai accommodation. 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...

Brenton On Sea

Overnight? Brenton On Sea accommodation
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 rough seas mak...

Dana Bay

Overnight? Dana Bay accommodation
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. Limestone f...

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 outbuildings and the...

George

Overnight? George accommodation
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 Garden Route. ...

Glentana

Overnight? Glentana accommodation
Just east of the Great Brak River, almost half way between Mossel Bay and George, lies the beautiful seaside village of Glentana, its beaches topped by fynbos covered cliffs that plunge precipitously into the Indian Ocean. The origins of the name, Gle...

Gouritsmond

Overnight? Gouritsmond accommodation
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 1920s still domi...

Great Brak

Overnight? Great Brak accommodation
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 without doubt ...

Harkerville

Overnight? Harkerville accommodation
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 that is situated between Plettenberg Bay and Knysna, which are bo...

Hartenbos

Overnight? Hartenbos accommodation
Stay in one of the Hartenbos accommodation spots and overlook the spectacular coastline of the Garden Route of South Africa. Between the towns of Mossel Bay and George lies a perfect holiday resort with an endless expanse of golden beach for walkers and a...

Herolds Bay

Overnight? Herolds Bay accommodation
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. Today the ...

Hoekwil

Overnight? Hoekwil accommodation
The beautiful Hoekwil accommodation is ideal for visitors travelling in South Africa, that want to get the most out of the Garden Route, its beaches, and its animal sanctuaries. Just 10km inland from Wilderness lies the little village of Hoekwil. What us...

Keurboomstrand

Overnight? Keurboomstrand accommodation
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 you during ...

Knysna

Overnight? Knysna accommodation
The charming town of Knysna offers accommodation in a veritable paradise of lush indigenous forests, tranquil lakes, and golden beaches; showcasing the natural loveliness of South Africa. She nestles on the banks of a breathtakingly pretty lagoon, now a p...

Lake Brenton

Overnight? Lake Brenton accommodation
Knysna is one of the Garden Route’s most exquisite towns. The massive lagoon, the towering Knysna Heads that create a dramatic gateway for the Indian Ocean to enter, the forests, the mountains, and the historical buildings of this little town all combine ...

Little Brak

Overnight? Little Brak accommodation
A tranquil little haven of sea, lagoon and river, virtually lost in time, wedged between Mossel Bay and Groot Brak on the Garden Route, is Little Brak River. Mainly a resort area, this part of the coast is renowned for having the mildest climate throu...

Mossel Bay

Overnight? Mossel Bay accommodation
This bustling Garden Route town is a hot holiday spot and one of the ports of South Africa. It is set on the sun-washed slopes of Cape St Blaize, overlooking the expansive bay, and against the blue-black backdrop of the Outeniqua Mountains. Accommodation ...

Noetzie

Overnight? Noetzie accommodation
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 tannins of t...

Pinnacle Point

Overnight? Pinnacle Point accommodation
There are few scenes as breath-taking and impressive than the vast expanses of the ocean as it undulates in a roaring ballet, crashing on rock faces or lapping the pristine gold of the sands. This is the scene that awaits visitors to the luxury estate of ...

Plettenberg Bay

Overnight? Plettenberg Bay accommodation
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 will be tr...

Reebok

Overnight? Reebok accommodation
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 suburbs o...

Rheenendal

Overnight? Rheenendal accommodation
Along the splendour of the Garden Route in the Western Cape, lies the little settlement of Rheenendal, in close proximity to Knysna. In fact, most consider this hamlet a part of Knysna. Rheenendal is, officially, part of the Eden District Municipality...

Riversdale

Overnight? Riversdale accommodation
The lovely country accommodation in Riversdale lies at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains, close to the towns of Still Bay and Witsand. Mountains feature predominantly in the village’s appeal and the well-loved Sleeping Beauty mountain peak provides ...

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 landscapes, making...

Sedgefield

Overnight? Sedgefield accommodation
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. Describe...

Still Bay

Overnight? Still Bay accommodation
Thanks to the variety of budget-friendly accommodation in Still Bay, this is an ideal choice for families visiting the Garden Route of South Africa, and looking for a tranquil getaway. The little seaside village of Stilbaai or Still Bay lies just off ...

Tergniet

Overnight? Tergniet accommodation
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. One can well i...

The Crags

Overnight? The Crags accommodation
Garden Route accommodation ranges from idyllic forest cabins to boutiques hotels, and a wide variety of lodgings is lying in wait for those travelling South Africa in the pretty area known as The Crags. Perched amongst the idyllic greenery of the Garden ...

Thesen Island

Overnight? Thesen Island accommodation
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’s favourite desti...

Victoria Bay

Overnight? Victoria Bay accommodation
Victoria Bay (or "Vic Bay" as it is called by those in the know) is one of the smallest bays on the Garden Route. Traveling along the N2 National Road, Victoria Bay is 3km off the N2 and situated between George and Wilderness. Victoria Bay is a specia...

Vleesbaai

Overnight? Vleesbaai accommodation
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 the sea at the ...

Wilderness

Overnight? Wilderness accommodation
Lying in the foothills of the Outeniqua Mountains in a region of incomparable beauty, Wilderness is an attractive holiday resort with beautiful beaches and numerous vantage points from which to watch the whales and dolphins. As far back as the late 18...

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