The Garden Route is 300 kilometres long and showcases some of South Africa’s most beautiful beaches, forests, mountains, rivers, and towns…

It connects the Western Cape to the Eastern Cape and offers so much to do within its borders, especially for travelling families.

Let’s tour the Garden Route

1.      Mossel Bay

The coastal town of Mossel Bay is just three hours from Cape Town and is laid-back and fun all at once. While you’re here…

  • Visit the Bartholomeu Dias Maritime Museum, where a life-sized model of the Dias Caravel ship is on display, alongside many other awesome treasures and finds.
  • Explore the caves at the Point of Human Origins, which continues to be an important scientific and anthropological site. More than this, the little ones just love the adventure.

 

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  • Swim with small, harmless sharks at the local mini-aquarium, The Shark Lab.
  • Follow the massive trek of the Boers at the ATKV-Hartenbos Museum of the Great Trek.
  • Relax on Boggomsbaai Beach or Santos Beach, where the water is (relatively) warm and the sands inviting.
  • Go shark cage diving and see the elegant great white (this is a thrill for children too).
  • Check out the breathtaking views from the Cape St Blaise Lighthouse.
  • Explore the Ethno Botanical Garden & Braille Trail at the Dias Museum Complex.

2.      George

The historic city of George is at the foot of the mountains and offers families a fantastic variety of restaurants and coffee shops. More than this…

  • Go hiking or mountain biking along the many trails in the mountains around the city.
  • Visit Elevate Action Centre, an indoor trampoline park for children of all ages. There are also go-karts here for the littler adrenalin junkies among us.

  • Visit the Redberry Farm, where you can pick your own strawberries, conquer the complicated maze, and ride the train.
  • Play a round of golf at the acclaimed Fancourt.
  • Turn back time at the George Museum, which also has a poignant section dedicated to the indignities of the apartheid regime.

 

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3.      Knysna

The scenic town of Knysna is perched on its own vast lagoon, lending itself to a massive variety of water sports. When you pass through Knysna, consider…

  • The short hike at Jubilee Creek, which is easy for children over about three years old, and culminates in a dip at a secluded little waterfall.
  • Admire the impressive views from the Heads, where uninterrupted vistas of the ocean funnelling into the lagoon can be enjoyed from dizzying heights. Watch out for the resident seals playing below.

  • Spend a day swimming, surfing, tanning and building sand castles at Buffalo Bay Beach.
  • Watch an unforgettable raptor display at Radical Raptors, between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay.
  • Walk with and feed the elephants at the Knysna Elephant Sanctuary.
  • Scoot around the lagoon and town on Scootours, for equal amounts of laughing and fun.

4.      Plettenberg Bay

The holiday destination of Plett is a surfer’s paradise, thanks to gorgeous beaches and consistent swell. But, it is also a hotspot for memorable family vacations. While you’re here…

  • Go horse riding with Hog Hollow Horse Trails.
  • Spend hours at the super-tubes, slides and pools of Adventure Land. These range from splash pools and little slides for toddlers to rides and slides that will get your heart racing.
  • See incredible wildlife at Tenikwa, Jukani, Birds of Eden, and Monkeyland (all within close proximity to Plett).

  • Learn to surf on one of the beautiful beaches.
  • Go on an ocean safari to see whales and dolphins.
  • Explore the Robberg Peninsula trails, relax at the beach, and look out for the local colony of playful seals.

Accommodation

To find guest houses, hotels, boutique lodges, apartments, or B&Bs along the Garden Route, visit SA-Venues.com.