Garden Route

Garden Route

Things to do - general

Garden Route tours typifies diversity and offers a pleasant Mediterranean climate. With its abundance of closely-protected nature reserves and National Parks, Mother Nature presents visitors with an up-close and personal experience with the best she has to offer – the world over.

The Western Garden Route encompasses fresh water lakes, lagoons, forests, the towering peaks of the Outinequa Mountains and miles of beautiful beaches. The area is a Garden of Eden; home to the Knysna elephant, the Knysna seahorse, Knysna dwarf chameleon, the brilliantly coloured Knysna Loerie, wild coastal oysters, dolphins, whales and much more.

A natural garden of magical forests, blue-crisp mountains, Fynbos and pure crystal water best describes the Eastern Garden Route. Also known as the Coastal Route East, it quite simply encapsulates South Africa’s inherent ‘green’ magnificence and is a must for all visitors who adore and yearn to embrace stunning outdoor splendour.

Country South Africa
Visa requirementsNo visa requirements for European passport holders. For other nationalities, please contact Cape Tours for guidance
Languages spokenThere are 11 national languages spoken but the official written & spoken language is English
Currency usedSouth Africa’s currency is the rand. The rand comes in a range of coins (R1 = 100 cents) and note denominations of R10, R50, R100

Sports & nature

Sporting activities include numerous world class golf course; the worlds’ highest commercial bungee jump at Bloukrans Bridge (216m); Treetop Canopy Tours; Hiking and Canoeing, whilst the splendour of nature is simply at every turn during your journey. The Wilderness and Tsitsikamma National Parks; Featherbed and the Robberg Nature Reserves and the National Lake Area in Knysna must be on every visitors itinerary; the Knysna Elephant Park, Monkeyland and Tenikwa Wildlife & Rehabilitation Centre allows you to get up close and personalSports and nature image

Nightlife info

The flavours of the ocean influence much of the cuisine. Expect the freshest seafood – from the catch of the day to coastal and cultured Knysna oysters. Wine and dine your way through a formidable array of fine restaurants, seafood taverns, pubs and other interesting eateries.Nightlife image

Culture and history info

You can’t call something a cultural “experience” if you are a spectator. You have to dance the Hotnot’Riel around the fire, listen to storytelling of the Outa, sit and sample the Mielies & Bone with some Roosterbrood and Konfyt. Experience a cultural tour led by a guide with authentic Griekwa ancestors and stand next to the burial place of their beloved Paramount Chief A.A.S.Le Fleur to realise how accurate this psychic leader’s prophecies were. Discover the colourful townships and experience their essence. Take this opportunity to explore cultures different to your own and absorb the true spirit of living local.Culture and history image

Christiana Lodge

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Christiana Lodge is an architect designed lodge in the select area of Solar Beach, between Robberg B More info
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Emily Moon River Lodge

Embracing the southern bank of the Bitou River in Plettenberg Bay, Emily Moon River Lodge is a small More info
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Kanonkop House

Award winning Kanonkop House offers boutique accommodation, relaxed luxury and personal attention – More info
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Lake Pleasant Living

Ideally placed between the beautiful towns of Knysna and Sedgefield on the Garden Route, Lake Pleasa More info
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Lily Pond Country Lodge

An idyllic retreat of peaceful lily ponds and indigenous forests, this architect-designed lodge is a More info
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Milkwood Manor

The Georgian-styled Milkwood Manor is designed for spaciousness, reflecting the vast unlimited lands More info
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Plettenberg Park Hotel & Spa

Plettenberg Park Hotel and Spa is an exclusive and unique hotel situated on 200 hectares in a privat More info
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The Boardwalk Lodge

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The Boardwalk Lodge is arguably one of the most successful and popular retreats in the tranquil seas More info
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The Lofts Boutique Hotel

The Lofts Boutique Hotel at the Boatshed on Thesen Islands, Knysna, situated in the midst of the 100 More info
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The Plettenberg Hotel

Panoramic views over the pristine and endless beaches of Plettenberg Bay, The Plettenberg Hotel – si More info
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The Turbine Hotel & Spa

The Turbine Hotel & Spa is a boutique 5 star Hotel in Knysna which offers guests an extra specia More info
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Tsala Treetops Lodge

Emulating the monumental ruins of an ancient central African civilisation, Tsala Treetops Lodge boas More info
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Views Boutique Hotel & Spa

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The exquisite Views Boutique Hotel & Spa invites the warm Indian Ocean right into its sumptuous More info
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Villa Afrikana

The unobstructed views of the world renown Knysna Heads and surrounding lagoon coupled with the arch More info
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Unfortunately there are no self-catering offers at this location at the moment.

A Taste of South Africa - 4 STAR

Cape Town, Garden Route
A Taste of South Africa – 4 STAR COST: £1,215.00 £950.00 p/p sharing VALID: 1st May to end Se More info
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A Taste of South Africa - 5 STAR

Cape Town, Garden Route
A Taste of South Africa – 5 STAR COST: £1,634.00 £1,200.00 p/p sharing VALID: 1st May to end More info
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