Garden Route

The scenic beauty of the Garden Route, which stretches for some 200 km between Mossel Bay and the Storms River, attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.

Plettenberg Bay is in the heart of this extremely diverse region which offers a combination of mountains, valleys, coast, lakes and rivers. With the indigenous flora and fauna this is truly a unique part of South Africa and a favourite amongst adventurers and holiday-makers. The enormously varied coastline, warm Indian Ocean, tranquil coves and sandy dunes are a traveler’s paradise, while the Outeniqua mountains and Swartberg range - which dominate most of the southern Cape - add a bit of mystique to the scenery.

The variety of attractions in the area is endless. Whether you are the adventurous type, a nature lover or merely enjoy the simple wonders of life, you are sure to find something in the Garden Route which will blow your mind away.

A boat cruise on the Knysna Lagoon and a picnic at Jubilee Creek in the Knysna forest are both unforgettable outings. The modern castles at the sea at Knoetzie is a sight worth seeing or you can go for a walk on the beach from Brenton-on-Sea to Buffels Bay whilst spotting some dolphins and whales.

In George there are several shopping areas, including the Garden Route Mall with cinemas and a selection of restaurants to choose from. If you enjoy quality food and service, a five star meal at the world’s well-known Fancourt Business & Leisure Resort is a splendid idea. From there you can drive through the stunning Montagu pass to Oudtshoorn where you can visit one of the many ostrich farms (and try to ride one as well!). You can’t say you’ve been to the Garden Route if you haven’t visited the famous Cango Caves just outside Oudshoorn, and while you are in the area, a tour to the Crocodile and Cheetah Park can also be a very interesting and exciting outing.

For those interested in history, the oldest slave tree and post office in South Africa can be seen in Mossel Bay and when that gets too mind-numbing, move on to something more adventurous like trying to spot a Great White during shark cage diving.

Only 35 km west from Mossel Bay is the Gouritz River Bridge where bungee jumping and bridge swinging takes place. With a height of 65 m, this is ideal for beginners. For the more adventurous adrenalin junkies, just 40 km east of Plett along the highway you will find Bloukrans, which is definitely not for the faint-hearted. Bloukrans Bungee holds the Guinness World Record for the highest commercial bungee jump in the world at 216 m!

Monkeyland, which is situated in The Crags, about 16 km east from Plett, is the world’s first free roaming multi-specie private sanctuary. Right next to Monkeyland is Birds of Eden – the Garden Route’s very own world class free flight bird sanctuary. At Tsitsikamma and Storms River Mouth black water tubing can be an exciting experience. While you are in the area, Storms River Nature Reserve at the seaside is also worth visiting, and tree top canopy tours with Stormsriver Adventures can be exhilarating and fun for the entire family.