Forests, beaches, birds, golf and sailing the spectacular Garden Route is known as ‘the Eden of South Africa’ thanks to the lush vegetation. A rugged coastline, indigenous forests, waterfalls and long beaches of white sand are found all along the route.
The world’s highest bungee jump (216 metres) is situated at the Bloukrans Bridge near the Tsitsikamma Forest and Coastal National Park.
The scenic “Garden” from George or Oudtshoorn through Knysna is probably the best known route because of its lush vegetation, bird-life, lakes and lagoons, coastline and many leisure activities. The towns of Knysna and Plettenberg Bay are ideal places to stay and Capetonians and foreign visitors often make an annual pilgrimage to these beautiful spots.
Knysna, the capital of the Garden Route, is a quaint seaside village on a protected lagoon. The town is known for the yellow-wood forest and fresh-water oysters and is a favourite holiday destination. Experience a cruise on the lagoon to the Featherbed Nature Reserve, or just enjoy a leisurely amble amongst the many arts and craft shops for which this area is known.
Plettenberg Bay further along the coast with long stretches of pristine white beaches is the home of the Dolphin Studies and Research Centre.
Tsitsikamma National Park is a pristine coastal area with endless beaches and bays. The area is very popular with nature lovers, hikers and fisherman. Oyster Bay is a beautiful private Coastal Reserve set on 235 hectares and incorporates magnificent dunes, woods, river deltas, beaches, wetlands and lagoons and is conveniently situated between Knysna and Port Elizabeth.
St Francis Bay, the Eastern Gateway to the Garden Route lies only 100km west of Port Elizabeth and is known for its endless stretches of pristine beaches and a surfers paradise.
Garden Route Safari Camp is wilderness paradise near Mossel Bay. Guests are invited to experience a family owned and managed, hands on, boutique style, "home away from home feeling". Passionate about their guest as well as nature and wildlife, the camp offers different types of accommodation ranging from luxury tented units, family units and a luxurious loft unit to a separate tented camp specifically aimed at families. Activities include game drives, guided walks as well as horse riding safaris on the Brandwacht Reserve.
Lily Pond Country Lodge is a heaven of space and fresh air, nestled on the edge of the serene, indigenous Tsitsikamma National Park forests on the east side of the famous Garden Route.
The lodge offers a tranquil retreat with a perfect synergy of modern and "Afro-Zen" architectural influences, set on the banks of the most beautiful lily ponds. Guests are invited to while away the day at the infinity pool surrounded with wooden decks, watching the myriad bird species come and go.
The well-known kitchen with a daily changing, ever evolving menu focuses on fresh, local, seasonal ingredients, of which a great deal is grown on the property, simply cooked, and beautifully presented.
When visiting Lily Pond, it's time to sit back and unplug or take a jaunt on the local meander to discover the next door Tsitsikamma National Park with its well-known walking trails. Beautiful local trade includes African art, Raku pottery, mohair mills, wine farms, elephant, monkeys, exotic birds. There are many golfing opportunities in the greater area and of course there is a beautiful beach and lagoon just around the corner at Nature's Valley.
Supertubes Collection comprises a variety of accommodation options overlooking the renowned Supertubes Beach. Accommodation ranges from standard to luxury rooms, self-catering to bed and breakfast options. Near Supertubes Collection are 3 safe swimming beaches with a host of activities such as surf lessons, windsurfing and romantic horse riding excursions. Guests’ culinary needs are met with a choice of 4 restaurants to pick from in the area.
Ocean Sailing Charters invite to a magical escape on the Knysna lagoon - an unrivalled experience in nature.
Their luxury catamarans navigate the iconic Knysna Heads and sail into the Indian Ocean, witnessing an abundance of interesting bird- and marine life as well as some of the most breathtaking views. Their longer sailing cruises even allow for time to anchor in the picturesque Featherbed Bay for a swim (in summer).
Private Catamaran cruises allow for tailor made experiences including live music and catering.