What to see in Garden Route

Garden Route Attractions

The Garden Route is famous for road tripping, beach lounging, and hiking opportunities. The phenomenal Otter Trail, a world-famous five-day hike, stretches from the beautiful Storm's River estuary to the much-loved Nature's Valley, and hiking this route is arguably the best way to experience the Garden Route. There are also numerous shorter walking trails traversing the coastal strip, and many picturesque campsites.

The National N2 Highway runs the length of the Garden Route and it is possible to simply stay on this highway and stop at most of the main towns and villages for which the route is known.

The N2 takes travellers from Cape Town past Mossel Bay, Wilderness, Knysna, Plettenberg Bay and the Bloukrans Bridge (famous for bungee jumping). It continues all the way up past Jeffrey's Bay to Port Elizabeth. But it is recommended that tourists leave the highway to explore some of the more unspoilt areas if they have the time.

The route is a fun pilgrimage for surfers, with Mossel Bay, Plettenberg Bay, Cape St Francis, and Jeffrey's Bay all providing spectacular surf breaks. Knysna and Nature's Valley are two of the highlights along the Garden Route and shouldn't be missed.

Mossel Bay

Mossel Bay is the largest city on the Garden Route and is situated roughly half way between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. It is renowned as the Adventure Capital of the Garden Route and enjoys an ideal…

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Nature's Valley

One of the most beautiful nooks of a decidedly beautiful country, Nature's Valley is an enchanting and relatively undiscovered holiday resort on the Garden Route, about 18 miles (29km) from Plettenberg…

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Tsitsikamma National Park

Tsitsikamma is a word of the indigenous Khoi-San people meaning 'place of many waters', accurately describing the beautiful 50-mile (80km) stretch of coastline that makes up the Tsitsikamma National…

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The town of Wilderness, set on the Touws River estuary, is fast developing with a plethora of luxury holiday homes lining the cliffs and hills along the coastline and river. It is a beautiful spot…

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