• Tsitsikamma Forest Garden Route

Garden Route Holidays

Embark on one of the worlds most spectacular drives with a Garden Route holiday. Explore 300km of breathtaking coastlines, mysterious forests, golden beaches, peaceful lagoons, sprawling wetlands and picturesque towns on a road trip that uncovers some of the best sights of South Africa.

The world-famous Garden Route is overflowing with unforgettable hiking trails, forest adventures, wildlife encounters, relaxing beach days and insightful opportunities to learn about South Africa’s incredible history.

The iconic Garden Route

There are many natural wonders to explore on this stunning coastal drive and the Garden Route National Park is not to be missed. With a marine conservation belt that stretches over five kilometres out into the ocean, dramatic river gorges, rugged mountainscapes and vast stretches of sandy white coastline, it will take your breath away. Visit the Knysna Lagoon area, well known for its fresh oysters, walking tracks, lagoons and more. Spend your morning on a relaxing walk taking in the sights of this stunning location and then head into town to unwind with a delicious fresh-off-the-boat seafood lunch at Knysna Waterfront.

Our Garden Route highlights tour is a four-day journey which takes you to the magical Cango Caves of Oudtshoorn, the Knysna Elephant Sanctuary and Tsitsikamma National Park. Why not extend your stay with an exciting Big Five safari at one of our luxury safari lodges? Alternatively, opt for a self-drive tour and explore at your own pace and combine Cape Town, the Garden Route and Eastern Cape through our A Tale of Two Capes itinerary. With so much to see and do in this location, we recommend giving our Destination Specialists a call, they will help you put together a Garden Route holiday to remember.

Destination Highlights
  • Explore the open waters on a Hermanus whale watching tour, or spend a day kayaking, taking in the stunning views of the coastline
  • Explore the diverse natural beauty and wildlife of Tsitsikamma National Park
  • Get close up with one of Africa's Big 5 at Knysna Elephant Park and learn all about the history of the Knysna Elephants
  • Visit Outsdhoorn in the Karoo, explore the mystical caverns of Cango Caves or meet the biggest bird in the world at an Ostrich farm

Time Zone

GMT +2 hours

Flight Time

Approx 11 hours and thirty minutes by British Airways directly from London Heathrow to Cape Town; accessible by road from Cape Town

Currency

ZAR - South African rand

Visa Information

British citizens do not need to obtain a visa for South Africa for stays of up to 90 days. However, strict entrance policies apply for passengers travelling with children under the age of 18.

Language

English is widely spoken

Health Information

Some special vaccines are required for travel to certain areas of South Africa. We recommend that you speak to your GP about the latest medical advice as soon as you have booked your trip.

Our Garden Route destinations

a close up of a pier next to a body of water

Garden Route

Knysna

Knysna
water next to a tree

Garden Route

George

George
a herd of sheep walking across a grass covered field

Garden Route

Oudtshoorn

Oudtshoorn
a man carrying a surf board

Garden Route

Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth
Tsitsikamma Lodge

Garden Route

Tsitsikamma National Park

Tsitsikamma National Park
The Plettenberg

Garden Route

Plettenberg Bay

Plettenberg Bay

Frequently Asked Questions

We recommend that you allow at least 4 –5 days to travel the Garden Route and stop off to explore. However, this is dependent on what you want to do and your overall itinerary. 

In short, no – it's not necessary to travel from west to east. Cape Town is a natural starting point for the tour if you're flying in from the UK but it's just as likely that you might want to depart from there. You might also fly into George airport via Johannesburg (from elsewhere in South Africa) which is at the eastern end of the route. 

We recommend you pack sunscreen, a hat or cap, binoculars, comfortable walking or hiking shoes and a good camera to capture your adventure. A jacket or lightweight rain coat is also a good idea – just in case there's a light shower. 

 

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