The Garden Route takes you from lush vegetation, through forests, past tranquil lagoons to sunny shorelines. Its variety in activities and scenery makes it a world famous stretch of coastal diversity. The route stretches up the south-eastern coast of South Africa, including popular destinations like Knysna and the Whale Coast. This is the ideal route for independent self-drive travellers, showcasing a paradise of plant life with a vast range of outdoor activities. This malaria-free destination is also a gateway to an African Safari in the Eastern Cape, with Big 5 viewing opportunities too. So whether it is a malaria-free African Safari, fine food, adrenaline pumping activities like bungy jumping, flying through trees on tree-top canopy tours, elephant-back safaris, ecologically rich hiking trails, bird-watching or soaking up the sun on the beach, the Garden Route offers a highlight for every personality. Its marine reserves are home to coral reefs, dolphins, seals and various other sea-animal life too, not forgetting the beloved Hump Back Whale.
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Winter months are from May to September when the wind can blow and a few layers are needed to keep warm. However this also coincides with the whale migration which takes place between July and October, and the Garden Route boasts some of the most exciting shore-based whale watching locations in the world along it’s spectacular coastline. Spring and Summer months (October – April) are warm and alive with flowers, birds and largely clear skies.
Feast on the world famous oysters found in Knysna, watch humpback whales breaching in Hermanus, take an elephant-back ride or a forest canopy tour, visit Natures Valley’s money and bird sanctuaries, relax on one of the countless beaches with your bucket & spade, and finish your holiday in the neighbouring Eastern Cape on a malaria-free luxury safari at Addo Elephant Park or Kwandwe Private Game Reserve.
A self-drive holiday along the Garden Route often starts in Cape Town and takes you towards Port Elizabeth or East London, where you can choose to continue your drive along the beautiful Wild Coast to Durban or catch a regional flight to your next destination. A flight from Port Elizabeth (PE) to Johannesburg can give you easy access to Kruger National Park to give you the ultimate beach and bush African experience.