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Garden Route Travel Guide

Dramatic river cut gorges, beautiful beaches, rocky headlands and deep tangled forests are the quintessential Garden Route images. Stretching from anywhere between Stilbaai and Mossel Bay in the west, to Stormsriver or Port Elizabeth (PE) in the east, it's a gorgeous stretch of coastal paradise... Read more

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Thesen Island Suburb of Knysna

Thesen island as Romance Mania, supplied by Nature. - Gorgeous, fresh. Beautiful to wake up to. Very romantic and adventurous if you're mischievous enough.

Katherine Roberts
South Africa
Plettenberg Bay Town of Rietvlei Bitou Valley

Plett - Very nice and beautiful view and not too far from Cape Town, I love the beach and everything is very close to each other

Joseph
South Africa
Stilbaai Town of Western Cape

Stilbaai - We had the most wonderful time during the easter weekend. Love the town and especially the well stocked Spar and other lovely shops and all the friendly people.

Christa Rodriguies
South Africa
Natures Valley Town of Western Cape

Heaven - Nature's Valley is possibly the most beautiful part of the Garden Route. Unspoilt yet offering a few guesthouses/self-catering places, it's ideal for a few days of relaxing and fresh air. Long walks on the beach or in the forest, hiking trails to suit all ages and fitness levels, photographic heaven, views to die for, a friendly pub/restaurant and little shop for all emergency supplies - if you haven't yet spent a few days there you're missing out on something special.

Francoise Armour
South Africa
Sedgefield Town of Western Cape

Sedgefield - Beautiful coastal town with a lagoon and lovely beaches. Can really come to relax in this peaceful village! Knysna is only 25 km away!

Vanessa McEwan
South Africa
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  • Wilderness Beach Wilderness Beach

    Beach in
    Garden Route

    2 Reviews
    Wilderness Beach is unspoilt, safe and breathtakingly beautiful. Warm Indian Ocean waves break onto...
  • Maritime Museum Maritime Museum

    Theatre, Gallery or Museum in
    Garden Route

    2 Reviews
    View a life-sized replica of the caravel that brought master mariner and explorer Bartolomeu Dias to the...
  • Brenton Beach Brenton Beach

    Beach in
    Garden Route

    1 Review
    Locals claim that one of the most wonderful beaches on the globe lies right on the other side of the...
  • Sparrebosch Beach Sparrebosch Beach

    Beach in
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    1 Review
    Direct access is a little steep but it's worth the effort to steal away and spend hours on the beautiful...
  • Pezula Championship Golf Course Pezula Championship Golf Course

    Golf Course in
    Garden Route

    1 Review
    Rated amongst the best and most scenic golf courses around the globe, Pezula Championship Course is a...
  • Groenvlei Bass Fishing Groenvlei Bass Fishing

    Dam or Vlei in
    Garden Route

    1 Review
    Groenvlei is located just outside Sedgefield, close to beautiful Knysna. Known as one of the few lakes...
  • Cola Beach Cola Beach

    Beach in
    Garden Route

    1 Review
    Cola Beach is one of Sedgefield’s five beautiful beaches, all running into each other starting at...
  • Knysna Elephant Park Knysna Elephant Park

    Animal Park in
    Garden Route

    1 Review
    Founded in 1994, and the first of its kind in South Africa, the Knysna Elephant Park provides a home for...
  • Radical Raptors Radical Raptors

    Animal Park in
    Garden Route

    1 Review
    If you’re travelling with kids on the Garden Route, wing them straight to Radical Raptors. Guaranteed...
  • Malachite Bird Hide Malachite Bird Hide

    Nature Reserve in
    Garden Route

    1 Review
    Set within the stunning Wilderness National Park and on the shores of Langvlei, the Malachite Bird Hide...
  • Old Nick Mid Week Market Old Nick Mid Week Market

    Village Marketplace in
    Garden Route

    1 Review
    The Old Nick Mid-Week Market is a produce market selling organic veggies and fruit, plants and homemade...
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Garden Route Restaurants

  • Quay Four Knysna Quay Four Knysna

    Seafood Restaurant in
    Garden Route

    2 Reviews
    With live bands, big screens and a warm fireplace, Quay Four on Thesen Islands, Knysna, is all about...
  • Ile de pain Ile de pain

    Bistro Restaurant in
    Garden Route

    2 Reviews
    île de païn - Island of Bread is something of an oasis, even amoungst the plethora of good eateries in...
  • Kalahari Theatre and Restaurant Kalahari Theatre and Restaurant

    Restaurant in
    Garden Route

    2 Reviews
    True Kalahari hospitality invites and embraces the atmosphere with good food and wine. Experience the...
  • Firefly Eating House Firefly Eating House

    Restaurant in
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    1 Review
    Iridescent with red walls and fairy lights, The Firefly Eating House and Chai Bar is housed in a...
  • Leisure Island Coffee Shop Leisure Island Coffee Shop

    Coffee Shop Restaurant in
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    1 Review
    Indulge in delicious full English breakfasts and scrumptious light lunches under the shade of ancient...
  • East Head Café East Head Café

    South African Restaurant in
    Garden Route

    1 Review
    The perfect setting to enjoy lazy breakfasts and alfresco lunches indoors or on the sheltered terrace...
  • The Red Barn The Red Barn

    Country Restaurant in
    Garden Route

    1 Review
    The Red Barn offers scrumptious cuisine prepared using fresh produce sourced from nearby farms. Meals...
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Accommodation near Garden Route

*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling distance.

from R1,090
1 night, 2 adults

Knysna Tonquani Lodge & Spa

Sleeps 18 Welbedacht (Knysna) Guest House in Welbedacht (Knysna)
0.04km from Garden Route

Knysna’s multi award winning lodge offers luxurious individually decorated log chalets and family su...

from R1,000
1 night, 2 adults

Cocoon’s Rest

Sleeps 4 Welbedacht (Knysna) Self-catering in Welbedacht (Knysna)
0.24km from Garden Route

Cocoon’s Rest is a lovely self-catering house situated in the holiday town of Knysna. It is ideal f...

from R730
1 night, 2 adults

Badger's Lodge

Sleeps 12 Kanonkop Guest House in Kanonkop
0.30km from Garden Route

Badger's Lodge guest house in Knysna, in the heart of the Garden Route, is situated close to the lag...

from R1,960
1 night, 2 adults

Elephant Hide of Knysna Guest Lodge

Sleeps 17 Welbedacht (Knysna) Guest House in Welbedacht (Knysna)
0.39km from Garden Route

Situated on top of the Welbedacht Cliff Tops 3km from Knysna Town, the Lodge overlooks the Knysna La...

from R1,150
1 night, 2 adults

Narnia Guest House

Sleeps 13 Eastford Guest House, Eastford Self-catering in Eastford
0.50km from Garden Route

Wrap around views of mountains, lagoon, river and the famous entrance to the sea the "Heads". Specia...

from R1,400
1 night, 2 adults

Knysna Hollow Country Estate

Sleeps 247 Kanonkop Hotel in Kanonkop
0.50km from Garden Route

Knysna Hollow is set on a secluded country estate on the outskirts of the historic town of Knysna. T...

from R1,000
1 night, 2 adults

La Loerie Lofts

Sleeps 6 Eastford Guest House in Eastford
0.56km from Garden Route

Lagoon views. Private balconys. Quite area, set in large garden. Relaxed atmosphere. Abundant bird l...

from R2,500
1 night, 2 adults

Phantom Guest House

Sleeps 2 Kanonkop Self-catering in Kanonkop
0.74km from Garden Route

Phantom Manor is a luxurious upmarket, self catering holiday home situated less than 1 km from the C...

from R700
1 night, 2 adults

Starred Robin Cottage

Sleeps 4 Kanonkop Self-catering in Kanonkop
0.77km from Garden Route

Starred Robin is a spacious and tranquil cottage situated in a quiet security village in Knysna, a n...

from R880
1 night, 2 adults

Point Lodge

Sleeps 22 The Point Bed and Breakfast in The Point
0.83km from Garden Route

Point Lodge is peaceful and secluded with panoramic views across the lagoon to the Knysna Heads. Sup...

Top Destinations near Garden Route

  • Knysna Knysna

    City in Western Cape

    127 Reviews
    If there is such a thing, Knysna is the heart of the Garden Route. This medium-sized town on the banks...
  • George George

    City in Western Cape

    30 Reviews
    George is the de Facto capital of the Garden Route, its largest town by far, and...
  • Thesen Island Thesen Island

    Suburb in Knysna

    17 Reviews
  • Keurboomstrand Keurboomstrand

    Town in Western Cape

    6 Reviews
  • Hartenbos Hartenbos

    Town in Western Cape

    15 Reviews
    Originally a farm that was established during colonial times, Hartenbos has transformed into a holiday...
  • Pezula Golf Estate Pezula Golf Estate

    Suburb in Knysna

    1 Review
  • Paradise Paradise

    Suburb in Knysna

    5 Reviews
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