The Garden Route takes from 4 to 14 days to explore. We help you to plan your trip by breaking it into 3 chunks or routes:
Eastern Garden Route– from Storms River, through the Tsitsikamma Forest to Natures Valley.
Central Garden Route– from Harkerville through Plettenberg Bay, Knysna to Sedgefield
Western Garden Route— from Wilderness to Mossel Bay and up to George and Outshoorn.
This lovely route is one of the world’s great road trips. We suggest you self -drive as the roads are good and well marked. It can be done in 4 days… but we suggest one to two weeks to get the best out of it. What makes it so special? The combination of world-class beaches, “iridescent lagoons and indigenous forests interspersed with welcoming towns”, and a simple, scenic, Indian Ocean-hugging highway with mountains behind. It is scenically, stunning!
It covers 124 miles from Storms River in the Eastern Cape, through the ancient Tsitsikamma Forest and beautiful coastline, dubbed, the Garden of Eden, into the Western Cape with built up holiday towns such as café culture Plettenberg with plentiful shops and Knysna, famous for its oysters, slow town Sedgefield, through to a loved camping and kayaking area, Wilderness. Head inland to Outshoorn to meet an ostrich and meerkat or two via George, now famous for golf, then back to pretty Victoria Bay and then Mossel Bay with South Africa’s first post box site and an important area showing early man’s presence. You can travel from West to East or the other way around, starting with the most unspoiled eastern area first.
There are many, many things to do and our options in the 3 sections of the Garden Route will give you a rich and varied experience. The walks and hikes are legendary, as is the marine life and there is a thriving art and craft culture along the way.
Find the routes and itineraries under Plan.