The best way to tour the Route is by car. You can hire a car all the cities along the Garden Route, but be aware of one-way fees for rental cars.
Why not join a boat trip with Ocean Safaris in Plettenberg Bay. Sightings of whales throughout the year. Southern Rights and Humpbacks - July to December. Brydes Whales all year round but more prolific during the summer months. Dolphins include Bottlenose, Humpback and Commons. Cape Fur seal colony on Robberg Peninsula. Our waters are rich in life and we are frequented by visitors of all types. Orca's, Sei Whales, Turtles, Penguins, whale sharks, clawless otters to mention a few. You can contact us on +27 (0) 82 784 5729 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Dolphin Adventures. A sea kayaking trip not to be missed. www.dolphinadventures.co.za or contact email@example.com .
Quad Adventures, ☎ +27 (0)723 03-9011, . Camp under the stars in the wild after a day of winding through dramatic mountain terrain of the Garden Route to the vast open spaces of the Little Karoo. Choose between 4 wheels or 2 and enjoy hours or even days of adventure. Tours range from a 25 minute introductory route through beautiful valleys to overnight all-out action deep in the wild. The adventure is here – you decide when.
timberlake, Halfway btw Wilderness & Sedgefield (look out for wooden cabins on left if coming from George direction). 9:00-17:00. Specialist retail cabins including: Confectionary, Cheese, Wine, 100% organic Health Shop, Fairy Gem, Eden Nursery with four fantastic eateries: Cafe d'Afrique coffee shop, Zucchini restaurant, Oyster Shack and Country Deli. Relax in beautiful gardens, see our organic vegetable gardens in action and enjoy the best in local.
GoVertical Mountaineering Adventures, Knysna, ☎ 082 731 4696, . Guided adventures along the Garden Route - Rock Climbing, Kloofing, Kayaking, Trekking, Abseiling, Hiking, Courses and Teambuilding.
Monkeyland, ☎ +27 (0)44 534 8906, . Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary is the world’s first free-roaming, multi-species primate sanctuary. Covering an area of 12 hectares of indigenous forest Monkeyland provides ex-captive primates with a healthier, more natural lifestyle where they can enjoy the freedom they deserve. Currently Monkeyland is home to over 500 primates including gibbons, howler monkeys, vervet monkeys, langurs, sakis, capuchins, squirrel monkeys, ring-tailed lemurs and the critically endangered black and white ruffed lemurs. Our experienced and knowledgeable multi-lingual rangers guide guests on a one hour tour of the forest during which they will point out and identify the different primate species whilst providing fascinating information and facts on their lives and the threats that they face. During the tour guests will also learn about the wonders of the forest and its other inhabitants including its rich and diverse bird species such as the Knysna loerie, hadeda ibises, olive thrush and many more. A particular highlight is crossing the suspension bridge which spans 128m across the forest canopy offering magnificent views of the valley below and the surrounding ‘green belt’ which extends far beyond Monkeyland. Monkeyland is more than just a visitor attraction, it is a sanctuary in every sense of the word and by working with the non-profit organisation SAASA (the South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance PBO No. 200/060 667/08), who are the sole custodians of all the Monkeyland primates, their future is secured. Our guests leave with a far greater understanding of the primates of the world and the dangers they face in the wild as well as in captivity. The sanctuary funds itself by means of responsible eco-tourism and is currently the only Fairtrade accredited primate sanctuary in South Africa. A fully licenced restaurant and curio shop are also available together disabled access and facilities.
Birds of Eden, ☎ +27 (0)44 534 8906, . Being the largest single span free-flight aviary in the world, Birds of Eden offers an experience you will find nowhere else. Encompassing an area of 2.3 hectares of forest and waterways with over a kilometre of walkways, guests can enjoy the thrill of spotting an abundance of birds flying free and living natural lives. Birds of Eden is home to over 3500 birds of some 200 species of previously caged birds which include several species of parrot, turaco, waterfowl, finches, crane, hornbill and many more. Visitors are welcome to explore at their own pace with the help of the Birds of Eden specialised guidebook or with one of our experienced and knowledgeable guides by arrangement. A visit to Birds of Eden takes around one hour however the longer you spend here, the more you will see. Together with the abundance of birds, you may also spot golden-handed tamarins and blue duikers, the world’s smallest antelope. Resting in the tree-tops are giant fruit bats and European squirrels forage in the undergrowth. This is more than just a bird sanctuary, the scenery itself makes it well worth a visit and the many hundreds of different plant and tree species are sure to delight all. Birds of Eden is first and foremost a sanctuary, a place where some birds have stretched their wings for the very first time. By working with the South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance, a non-profit organisation (PBO No. 200/060 667/08) which is the sole custodian of all the birds and other wildlife at Birds of Eden, their future is secured. The sanctuary funds itself by means of responsible eco-tourism and is the only Fairtrade accredited bird sanctuary in South Africa. A fully licenced restaurant and curio shop are also available together with disabled access and facilities.
As a main tourist destination there are many restaurants for every taste. Enjoy superb fish from the ocean ; Knysna is the place to taste some oysters.
hot chocolate cafe, HH 32 Holt Hill Plettenbergbay (between Plettenbergbay & Knysna), ☎ 0760544945. 9-5. delectable belguim chocolate products handmade on premises read a book, play a game, relax under our big tree25.
La Carla mask atelier, firstname.lastname@example.org (between plett & knysna, on N2, 6km outside plett), ☎ 082 499 6295, . 9am-5pm. The studio specializes in creating Unique Handcrafted Venetian Carnival Masks, next door to the Hot Chocolate Cafe, this is a treat not to be missed. studio and shop open to public R125 - R1500.
La carla atelier, (N2, between plett & knysna, 6km from plett), ☎ 082 461 7731, . 9am-5pm. the fasinating craft of european mask making in Plettenberbay. unique handmade venetian carnival masks on display in the exiting shopR125 - R1500.
There is no shortage of all kinds of accommodation but book ahead on weekends / holiday. Especially during the summer the Garden Route is a popular holiday destination, not only for foreign tourists but also for South Africans.
If you are backpacking, the area has numerous hostels. Find a listing of most of them on the Coast to Coast website .
Campers will find excellent facilities at sites like the Ebb and Flow campsite in Wilderness, . The Tsitsikamma sites at Storms's River mouth and Nature's Valley are also places of scenic beauty, and out of season can be havens of peace where otters appear on the beach .
If its Elephants that you after then the best place to stay in is the Main Camp [www.sanparks.org/parks/addo/] located in the Addo Elephant National Park.
Compared with the larger cities the towns along the Garden Route are quite safe. As always use your common sense. Driving at night is fine.