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Lagoon Lodge

17 Reviews
Sleeps 15 in 7 rooms

If you need a break away to an elegant and romantic setting, we are ready to treat you and your loved one in our brand new lodge. Lagoon...
If you need a break away to an elegant and romantic setting, we are ready to treat you and your loved one in our brand new lodge. Lagoon Lodge offers trhee bed and breakfast rooms and three self-catering units, all elegantly furnished and clean. We serve a great three-course breakfast in the dining room or on the balcony overlooking the lagoon. Our guests are often surprised by the shy presence of a Knysna Loerie in the trees just off the balcony. Each room includes a satellite TV, bar fridge and kettle. Some of the rooms also have balconies from which you have an exquisite view over the tree tops, and braai facilities are available in the garden. All rates include breakfast. The setting is ideal for golf trips as it is just down the road from a renowned golf course, and special excursions can be arranged for non-golfing partners. Transfers to and from the airport can also be arranged, as well as day trips and tours around the area.
from R600

Misty Mountain Reserve

32 Reviews
Sleeps 48 in 16 rooms

Gateway to the Garden Route We boast a variety of accommodation from Ocean View Lodges, Rustic Farm Cottages and Luxury Tented Lodges...
Gateway to the Garden Route We boast a variety of accommodation from Ocean View Lodges, Rustic Farm Cottages and Luxury Tented Lodges nestled above the rugged Tsitsikamma coastline and breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean and Tsitsikamma Mountains. Take in the spectacular ocean or indigenous forest views at the gateway to the Garden Route, bordering the Tsitsikamma National Park, with our range of accommodation types to suit you.Our spacious rooms are equipped with luxury percale linen, eco-friendly amenities, coffee/ tea station, Wifi Hotspot, flat screen TV, access to BBQ facilities and much much more...not to mention the picture perfect sunsets Adventure for those who venture out Those wanting a little more adventure will be happy to know that the reserve offers many exciting in-house activities from scenic indigenous forest walks, to fresh water fishing, a 9 hole mashie chip and wedge golf course and is one of the destinations for the Big Year MTB, boasting 4 mountain biking routes varying in difficulty. The reserve is also surrounded by many wild animal sanctuaries and adventurous activities including canopy tours, bungy jumping, waterparks and much more all ready for your choosing.
from R1000

Highlands Lodge Mountain Retreat

24 Reviews
Sleeps 69 in 16 rooms

A hearty welcome to Highlands Lodge. We are situated in the beautiful Waboomskraal Valley, nearly...
A hearty welcome to Highlands Lodge. We are situated in the beautiful Waboomskraal Valley, nearly halfway between Oudtshoorn and George on the N12. To overnight on this beautiful farm is an unforgettable experience. The lodge is surrounded by mountains and the trees together with the exotic plants of the Klein Karoo create a quiet serene atmosphere. We offer 16 self catering log chalets in the Outeniqua mountains in the Garden Route. All units have equipped kitchens. On site swimming pool and conference and wedding venue. Catering services provided in restaurant for group bookings as for private parties. Breakfast on request. Safe mountain retreat in nature setting. Ample bird life. All units have outside braai facilities. Pet friendly. Secure parking
from R495

Salt River Lodge

10 Reviews
Sleeps 24 in 4 rooms

Salt River Lodge is set in a supremely tranquil location on the northern side of the lagoon. With four flats only, we ensure that the...
Salt River Lodge is set in a supremely tranquil location on the northern side of the lagoon. With four flats only, we ensure that the environment isn't crowded. Each flat can sleep four to six people. The accommodation is fully equipped with everything required for self-catering and includes a stove, an oven, a microwave oven, a full-size fridge with freezer and braai facilities. All linen is provided and each flat has two TVs with DStv. The flats can be fully serviced upon request. There is a swimming pool and a pool table for your convenience. We are part of a natural bird sanctuary and species include the Knysna Loerie, the Heron and Egyptian Geese which often visit for a drink from the swimming pool.
from R600

Dune Guest Lodge

Sleeps 18 in 8 rooms

Dune Guest Lodge is a refreshingly informal house with direct access to the endless Wilderness Beach. It is the ideal place for guests to...
Dune Guest Lodge is a refreshingly informal house with direct access to the endless Wilderness Beach. It is the ideal place for guests to unwind and relax. Guests have a choice of staying in one of five uniquely decorated units, all with private sun decks with breathtaking sea views. The rooms offer comfortable double beds or three-quarter beds and each unit has an en-suite bathroom with a bath and a shower. The rooms are equipped with a TVs with M-Net, telephones, minibars, tea and coffee trays, gowns, safes and underfloor heating. The White, Ocean and Shell Rooms all face the sea and have a private sun decks with direct access to the beach, while the garden-facing Africa Room is wheelchair friendly and has a private patio. The double-storey Beach Room enjoys sea views from both levels and has a fully equipped kitchen and a lounge. Guests can see whales and dolphins from each private sun deck or from the timber deck at the poolside. A private scenic boardwalk leads from the guest lodge right onto the beach and we provide a beach bag containing towels, bats and a ball for the beach. Outside showers are available at the pool area as well as on the boardwalk leading to the beach. Guests can buy locally manufactured items at the small gift shop on site. Wilderness offers guests a wide variety of activities such as mountain biking, whale and dolphin watching, hang- and paragliding, horse riding, scenic drives and an extensive network of hiking trails. There are also water sports such as skiing, sailing, surfing and angling. Birdwatching is a rare and unique experience with nearly 200 species in the area. There are also a number of popular picnic sites such as the 800-year-old Woodville Big Tree in the indigenous forest.
from R1050

Cape Explorers Lodge

2 Reviews
Sleeps 7 in 3 rooms

Small owner-run B & B in Hunters Home, a quiet suburb halfway between Knysna town and The Heads. Please note that we do not take children...
Small owner-run B & B in Hunters Home, a quiet suburb halfway between Knysna town and The Heads. Please note that we do not take children under 10 years of age. We offer 3 en-suite rooms with private access from an elevated deck with magnificent views of the forested valley towards the lagoon and the Heads. Guests can utilize the safe parking and braai facilities on the property. Our self-service breakfast consist of fruit juice, fresh fruit salad, yoghurt, cereals, eggs, bacon/sausage, mushrooms/tomato, toast, filter coffee and a variety of teas. The lodge is set in an indigenous garden which attracts a variety of bird life. We also have a separate guest lounge with full DSTV, info centre and an extensive ‘explorers’ library. We can help you plan your activities and trips in the area and provide advice on restaurants. We are also within close proximity to Knysna, the Pezula and Sparrebosch golf courses, and the Life Knysna Private Hospital.
from R800

Lily Pond Country Lodge

6 Reviews
Sleeps 16 in 8 rooms

This Afro Zen-style lodge is ideally situated to explore the Tsitsikamma National Park or to simply relax and enjoy nature. Surrounded by...
This Afro Zen-style lodge is ideally situated to explore the Tsitsikamma National Park or to simply relax and enjoy nature. Surrounded by 12 hectares of magnificent indigenous forest, we are close to Nature’s Valley Beach and Plettenberg Bay. four Star graded, we are English, Dutch, German and French spoken. We offer 10 suites and rooms, each with a private wooden patio and views of the beautiful lily ponds. Lily Pond Country House is a mixture of modern comfort, personalized attention and tranquility. The owner, Margret, cooks with flair and presents her dishes delicately. There is a large saltwater swimming pool and a restaurant with a patio overlooking the ponds and the pool. Enjoy the abundant bird and butterfly life, or relax in the outdoor Jacuzzi in the ponds. Therapeutic massage treatments are available. Hiking, horse riding, whale and dolphin watching, golf courses and Monkeyland are nearby.
from R1390

Outeniquabosch Lodge

Sleeps 23 in 9 rooms

Outeniquabosch Lodge is set on a cliff, along the banks of the Palmiet River. It is nestled between Brandwacht and Hartenbos and surrounded...
Outeniquabosch Lodge is set on a cliff, along the banks of the Palmiet River. It is nestled between Brandwacht and Hartenbos and surrounded by nature in a tranquil environment. Rooms are comfortably furnished feature a seating area, TVs with DStv and tea and coffee making facilities. The Excutive Suite has a Jacuzzi, perfect for romantic getaways. There is a swimming pool and a restaurant for guests to enjoy. Guest will find a garden, a bar, barbecue facilities and a terrace. An array of activities can be enjoyed on site or in the surroundings, including cycling and fishing. The property offers free parking.
from R980

Ilita Lodge

3 Reviews
Sleeps 58 in 20 rooms

Ilita Lodge is a 4 star luxury guest lodge situated in the heart of the Garden Route in Great Brak River between George and Mossel Bay....
Ilita Lodge is a 4 star luxury guest lodge situated in the heart of the Garden Route in Great Brak River between George and Mossel Bay. Barely 5 minutes from the beach and surrounded by spectacular views of the river mouth, ocean and Mossel Bay landscapes, Ilita Lodge suits any travelers needs. Ilita Lodge has 12 en-suite luxury rooms each with a private balcony, mini bar, free Wi-Fi, hot beverage facility, air conditioning, and television with satellite. Ilita Lodge offers guests the use of the following on site facilities: Fully equipped gym, jacuzzi, forest trail, trampoline, lapa and bonfire area, shuttle service, massage therapist and beautician, bar area, swimming pool and deck. Ilita Lodge offers the follong packages: Golf, Conference and business packages, teambuilding, water sports and many more.
from R800

Tsala Treetop Lodge and Villas

4 Reviews
Sleeps 44 in 16 rooms

Tsala Treetop Lodge and Villas is a symphony of stone, wood, glass and water located high above the...
Tsala Treetop Lodge and Villas is a symphony of stone, wood, glass and water located high above the floor of the magnificent indigenous forests of the Garden Route. Eastern and Europe flavours blend with the cultures of Africa to reflect in the tastes, rhythms and colours of the hand crafted fittings and superb cuisine. Elevated wooden walkways meander through the trees to 10 exclusive and very private suites, each with its own private deck and infinity pool. These seductive structures rise to heights exceeding 6 m, each a harmonious combination of the craftsmanship of ancient times and the indulgent luxury of every modern convenience. Discover the romance and magic of coastal Africa.
from R6900

Phantom Forest Eco Reserve

17 Reviews
Sleeps 12 in 6 rooms

The Phantom Forest Eco Reserve, on the southern Cape coast of South Africa, in the heart of the...
The Phantom Forest Eco Reserve, on the southern Cape coast of South Africa, in the heart of the magnificent Garden Route, whispers a very special magic. Nestling in the Afromontane Forest, with endless views shared only with our Fish eagles, the large and elevated luxury 'Tree Suites' are an African celebration of natural textures. Fill your senses with the enchantment of the Phantom Forest from the secretive Bushbuck, shy tiny Duiker, and flashy Knysna lourie, to the evocative 'Tree Suites' a feast for the soul from our sensual forest bathrooms where one can gaze at the African night sky while listening to the music of Nature, to savouring the stunning International cuisine served in the Forest Boma or feasting Moroccan style at the Chutzpah tingling the taste buds with the exotic flavours of North Africa, to getting in touch with your spirit at the Body Boma where our therapists will pamper you from head to toe. Perhaps you may decide to take a picnic paddling up the river, maybe a soak in the Bubble Barrel, or maybe a cocktail or two at the Eyrie watching the sunset over the lagoon or maybe a lazy read by one of the pools. Dinner in the Forest Boma is a six course gourmet feast. Cuisine style is New Age/International, with local flavour and influence. For strict vegetarians and vegans, we require advance notice. We also have an exciting Moroccan style eatery/restaurant called the Chutzpah. Cuisine style is North African/Moroccan, and there are four courses served feasting style. The Body Boma offers treatments such as full body massage, Reiki, Shiatsu, Swedish, and facials, as well as a wet treatment area with mineral and mud wraps. Treatments are not inclusive in the tariff. Should you be interested in treatments, do make enquiries at time of booking. Exiting new edition rejuvenation therapy by fully-qualified medical practitioner. The ' Phantoms of the Forest ' are extremely proud to announce that Phantom Forest Eco Reserve has won the prestigious award of “Leading Eco Destination (Africa) 2007" by the World Travel Awards, nominated for leading green resort in the world 2008. As this award was voted by Tour Operators and Travel Agents all over the world, we would like to say a big Thank You to all who have supported and voted for us.
from R3534

DankiPa Eco Lodge and Guest House

1 Review
Sleeps 48 in 11 rooms

DankiPa, offers stunning, comfortable self-catering accommodation in private lodges or in guest...
DankiPa, offers stunning, comfortable self-catering accommodation in private lodges or in guest rooms in the Mercia Guest House. The lodge is set in a peaceful environment and has an Eco friendly design and facilities. Guest stay in either loge units with two bedrooms, or guest can simply book a room in the Mercia guest house. The Mercia Guest House can be booked as an entire unit for groups or as individual rooms. Each unit includes laundry facilities, self-catering facilities and ample parking. Guest have access to a large garden with walkways, and a selection of indigenous plants attracting a wide variety of birds, ideal for the avid birdwatcher. The property includes a swimming pool and entertainment area with pool, table tennis.
from R600
Arch Rock is situated in the heart of the Garden Route on the beach with breathtaking views over...
Arch Rock is situated in the heart of the Garden Route on the beach with breathtaking views over the warm Indian Ocean, Plettenberg Bay and the Robberg Peninsula. Arch Rock is the ideal holiday destination offering self-catering accommodation and camping. Arch Rock is a perfectly situated getaway destination as it is ideally located in the heart of the Garden Route and provides the ultimate vantage point, from which to launch your holiday. As well as being a quiet and relaxing environment in which to unwind, Arch Rock is also located close to all the major attractions that Plettenberg Bay, Knysna, Tsitsikamma and the surrounding Garden Route areas have to offer. Arch Rock Seaside Accommodation - Seafront Guest House has open-plan bedrooms, lounges and kitchen units with sea views. The bedrooms either have twin or king-size beds with en-suite bathrooms. All units are equipped for self-catering and breakfast is available on request at an additional cost. Seafront Guest House units all have air-conditioning, a balcony or patio with a Weber braai.
from R1100

Fish Eagle Lodge

Sleeps 14 in 7 rooms

Fish Eagle Lodge offers affordable and comfortable Knysna bed and breakfast accommodation and is beautifully positioned with a view of the...
Fish Eagle Lodge offers affordable and comfortable Knysna bed and breakfast accommodation and is beautifully positioned with a view of the Knysna Lagoon and mountains. The lodge is a perfect base from which to explore the surrounding indigenous forests, trails, lakes and magnificent beaches. Guests can explore from the Wilderness area to the Tsitsikamma National Park or enjoy the option of playing five golf courses within a 45 minute radius. The George Airport is only 60 km away. Fish Eagle Lodge offers accommodation in Double and Twin Rooms, as well as a Honeymoon Suite. All rooms include a private entrance, full bathroom, room safe, in-house telephone, TV, fridge and tea and coffee tray. The Honeymoon Suite also boasts a Jacuzzi. Generous breakfasts are served in the breakfast lounge with stunning views, and extensive tourist information is offered with brochures, maps and advice at our reception. Nestling on the banks of a turquoise blue lagoon in the heart of the Garden Route, is the picturesque town of Knysna. Pristine beaches, lakes, mountains, forests and rivers provide endless opportunity for leisure and outdoor activities. Within the town, craft shops and cafes beckon with small-town charm and hospitality. A temperate climate and a fine selection of restaurants, golf estates, health spas, boat cruises, nature reserves and outdoor activities make Knysna the perfect holiday destination. The indigenous forests are dotted with well-marked walks and cycling and horse riding paths, while the 8,000 plant species of the Cape fynbos attract many birds, some endemic to the area.
from R990

Tsitsikamma Lodge

39 Reviews
Sleeps 111 in 32 rooms

Surrounded by mountains and nestled within a lush forest, Tsitsikamma Lodge offers a tranquil getaway to guests. It is located along the...
Surrounded by mountains and nestled within a lush forest, Tsitsikamma Lodge offers a tranquil getaway to guests. It is located along the N2 in the rugged beauty of Tsitsikamma in the Eastern Cape. The lodge offers 32 rustic log cabins, of which all offer a variety of layouts to cater to the needs of travellers. Each cosy cabin has a private bathroom and a wooden deck offering undisturbed views of the surrounding area. The large windows and natural décor allows guests to truly feel close to nature without sacrificing modern conveniences. Amenities include tea and coffee facilities, TVs with selected DStv access and ceiling fans. Some cabins also offer fireplaces, ideal for those chilly winter evenings. The lodge is a great option for nature enthusiasts as guests can enjoy activities such as bird watching and walking along well-known trails. Guests hoping to simply unwind can take a stroll through the gardens while appreciating stunning mountain and valley views. Visitors can enjoy the entertainment room, or take a dip in the swimming pool. The on-site spa offers a variety of treatments to rejuvenate and relax. Guests enjoy a scrumptious dinner at the restaurant before returning to the comfort of their cabin. The deck provides an idyllic spot to unwind with a drink while experiencing a stunning sunset.
from R1460

Bitou River Lodge B&B

3 Reviews
Sleeps 15 in 5 rooms

Watch the birds on the river from your bed; explore the wetlands by canoe; relax in a hammock at the pool or swim at one of Plettenberg...
Watch the birds on the river from your bed; explore the wetlands by canoe; relax in a hammock at the pool or swim at one of Plettenberg Bay's nearby beaches. Enjoy a traditional country breakfast and then go for a short walk along the eco-trail and keep a lookout for otters and birds. Each spacious, tranquil room has its own entrance and patio with garden and river views; an overhead fan and under-floor heating; a bar fridge and TV with M-Net. The golf courses, game drive, horse-riding, beaches, restaurants and shops just a 10 minute drive away. Monkeys, birds, elephants and wild cats can be visited at the Crags, fifteen minutes away. Not feeling that energetic. Enjoy the birds in our large indigenous garden; wander along the Eco-Stroll and learn the names of the trees; cook your own supper on a fire next to the river; count the stars. We speak French, Afrikaans and some German. Children 10 are welcome. We offer free Wi-Fi, so bring your laptop.
from R1500

The Breede River Resort and Fishing Lodge

17 Reviews
Sleeps 54 in 22 rooms

The hotel’s private harbour is right in front of you. Now step from your balcony right onto the...
The hotel’s private harbour is right in front of you. Now step from your balcony right onto the jetty. Watch the arriving fishing boats, enjoying a refreshment in our cozy lounge or at our fully licensed bar or our A la’ Carte Restaurant. This is not a dream it is reality at our beautiful Lodge. Imagine the delight of stepping out of your bed onto your private balcony, gazing at the unspoilt splendor of the Breede River and Indian Ocean. We are situated just off the garden route in Witsand known as the Whale Nursery of South Africa. This is where a large group of Southern Right Whales arriver annually to calf, during season you can view up to over a hundred whales in the bay. The hotel endeavors to cater both for the local family traveler and the international traveler who would like to see a part of the real South Africa. We arrange conferences, weddings, special functions and other forms of personal catering. The hotel has a practical well equipped conference/special function room that seats up to 30 persons, and a large venue room seating up to 60 delegates. There is a variety of top class accommodation at the hotel with various options from a fully serviced hotel room to a fully self-catering unit. All accommodation comes with colour televisions and a variety of satellite channels. Activities: We are situated in an area rich in its historical past and hugely conscious of its natural heritage and eco-sensitive surroundings. We offer a wide range of excursion activities from wine routes, 4x4 eco trails, historical tours and visits to surrounding game farms, the De Hoop nature reserve, various “fynbos and protea” dune and coastal floral reserves. The Lodge not only has its own private harbor but also has boats to hire with or without experienced skippers available for fishing trips as well as various scenic cruises. The river, sea and coastal fishing are still excellent in this area. You will find it hard to be bored while staying with us in relative pampered luxury with so much to see and do.
from R550

Emily Moon River Lodge

2 Reviews
Sleeps 22 in 10 rooms

Where luxury and peace are to be found in a sweeping river valley, where the views encompass a wetland, winding river and distant mountains...
Where luxury and peace are to be found in a sweeping river valley, where the views encompass a wetland, winding river and distant mountains and where the call of the Fish Eagle will forever remind you of the vast skies of Africa. Embracing the southern bank of the Bitou River, Emily Moon River Lodge is an exclusive boutique Guest Lodge with accommodation for 20 adults and four children. Each luxurious suite is a separate lodge for two people with their own sitting area, private viewing deck, dressing room and spacious fully appointed bathroom with under floor and towel rail heating. The family units sleep four with a shower, toilet and hand basin in the children’s room. All have their own unique Africa chic look with breath-taking views of the valley below. There are three units that can be either king size beds or convert into two singles for those with this preference. There are two lodges which do not have full river views but have their own Robinson Crusoe private viewing tree top deck right next to the lodge where one can commune with nature, have sun-downers, early morning coffee or just read a book - the view from these is magnificent. These two lodges can be made into a family room for six as there is a fully sound proof door between them which can be opened for the occasion for a family of six. Four of the lodges have a completely private alfresco shower hot and cold where one can enjoy the river birdlife. The restaurant Emily’s exudes the essence, spirit and mystery of Africa with Beautiful collectors’ items in every hue, texture and shape adorning every nook and cranny. Kelims , Persian, Nguni skins carved mermaids, Samburu spears, sculptures, old framed photographs, maps paintings, fabulous pieces of furniture are just a sample of the many pieces from this and other continents. Jana our chef extraordinaire produces an eclectic menu for candlelit dinners with a daily changing menu of whatever is the freshest. The menu is as capricious as the weather, today its broccoli and gorgonzola soup, Thai spring rolls, succulent rack of lamb, fresh calamari seeped in Jana’s secret sauce, cheese cake or chocolate gateau tomorrow springbok with cranberry sauce or grilled cob! Whatever is freshest and of the best quality is served on the daily basis. A large deck overlooking the river for sundowners and cocktails where guests can watch the beautiful sun sets with the carved Ethiopian day bed in front of the log fire being a popular choice.
from R2210

Ruiterbosch Lodge and Wedding Chapel

33 Reviews
Sleeps 27 in 6 rooms

The Ruiterbosch valley is centrally located in the foothills of the Outeniqua mountains. When one...
The Ruiterbosch valley is centrally located in the foothills of the Outeniqua mountains. When one drives on the R328 from Oudtshoorn, and descends the Robinson Pass, even the most jaded traveller is surprised at the sudden change in scenery and climate. The hot and dry Karoo has been replaced by beautiful forest shrouded in mist with the Indian Ocean glittering in the distance. Most motorists accelerate at this point to reach Mossel Bay, scarcely 30 km away. The less hasty will, however, stop at either the nearby hotel or at the newly opened Ruiterbosch Lodge for refreshments or to just sit back and admire one of the most scenic spots on earth. The owner of Ruiterbosch Lodge, Ernest Collett has travelled widely (over 40 countries) and was living in exotic India when, during a holiday in South Africa, he stumbled on this beautiful valley and found an old Cape cottage and stables that has been converted to a guest house and wedding venue. Discerning travellers, who appreciate nature, would love to make this their base for exploring the Oudtshoorn, Cango caves and Garden Route area.
from R450

Nyaru Game Lodge - Garden Route

16 Reviews
Sleeps 37 in 9 rooms

Located a 30-minute drive from George Airport and right in the heart of the Garden Route, Nyaru...
Located a 30-minute drive from George Airport and right in the heart of the Garden Route, Nyaru Game Lodge is the perfect Mossel Bay accommodation for guests travelling the Western Cape looking for adventure. This South African 3 Star lodge is also a great destination spot for guests on their way to or from Cape Town which is 3 hours away. Nyaru Game Lodge caters for guests who want to see the beauty and natural wonders of South Africa from a first-hand point of view. This Mossel Bay accommodation offers tours which will introduce you to 17 different species of game and wildlife including giraffe, rhino, zebra, blue wildebeest, the rare black impala and much more. Surrounded by beaches and green Outeniqua Mountains, this secluded lodge offers an outdoor pool, a restaurant, quad bike safaris, game drives and helicopter flips. Sundowner and sunset picnics can also be arranged by the staff. Thatched chalet accommodation is right in the middle of the reserve and consists of self-catering or fully catered chalets. Private patios with mountain or pool views are featured in all chalets. Each is decorated with rich fabrics and has safari-themed decor. En-suite bathrooms and private barbecue facilities are included in all chalets. Traditional South African meals are prepared and Nyaru invites their guests to sip their drinks on the deck while relaxing to the sound and sight of the wildlife and bush, before either moving inside for their meal or being served on the deck area around a crackling fire. As the open fire and companionship draw you closer, you’ll realize that the important things in life are priceless.
from R1195

Garden Route South Africa

Garden Route Lodge Accommodation

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 strung out along the N2. Purists will squash it up between Mossel Bay and Stormsriver but, as the popularity of the Garden Route grew and small towns at its edge realised the marketing potential, it just seemed to spread. No problem - it spread to some cool places.

The towns generally accepted to be part of the Garden Route are Mossel Bay, George, Wilderness, Sedgefield, Knysna, Plettenberg Bay and Stormsriver. Stilbaai and Albertinia have snuck in on the West and Humansdorp and even Port Elizabeth are muscling in from the east. Inland, the Little Karoo and Route 62, which have no pretensions to being the Garden Route, are often treated as the same destination, as it's pretty easy zigzag between them by driving the many scenic passes over the Outeniqua Mountains. Initially the Garden Route was seen as very much a beach and/or family holiday destination, which it is, but there is also so much to do. There's great hiking, with rambles ranging from an hour to a few days covering rocky coasts, deep forests, pretty fynbos and long sandy beaches. The diving is good, as is the surfing, and there are some fun sea kayaking and flat water paddling trips. Some of the country's best mountain bike trails snake through the forests, and there are horse trails for every taste and level of ability. Tandem skydiving, paragliding, and a range of scenic flights all offer different birds eye views.

The Garden Route offers some of the best boat based whale watching in the world, flower lovers and birders will also have a field day traipsing off through the forest or the fynbos, and there are numerous national parks and nature reserves. Steam buffs will love the narrow gauge Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe. For the more culturally inclined, there are township tours, museums, lovely old buildings, funky craft shops, markets, art galleries and loads of live music venues. And, of course, a flotilla of great restaurants - many of which specialise in seafood - in each town. The Garden Route is a golfer's dream destination - you could play a different course every day for a week and still have a few left over.

Of course, this is not all good news as golf courses use an exorbitant amount of water and take up vast amounts of space but, as long as the golf-estate-building spree fizzles out soon, there should be sufficient space remaining between the fairways for a bit of forest, perhaps some shops and even a house or two. But that's not your problem, is it? If you fancy a round in paradise, get in now before it closes down. And if golf is too slow for you - there are more international standard polo fields in Plett alone than there are in the rest of the country put together. You could spend anything from a weekend to a month at a tailor-made polo clinic.

But what the Garden Route is most suitable for is relaxation - and even that's been somewhat institutionalised with almost every second hotel housing a wellness centre or spa. Not that that's a problem, mind. After a hard day on the beach you'll probably need a chocolate mud bath, colour therapy or hot stone massage.

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...

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If you are looking for Garden Route holiday accommodation, SafariNow has a selection of Self-catering, Bed and Breakfast, Guest House holiday accommodation in Garden Route and surrounds. With 1455 listings in Garden Route, our handy Garden Route map search and great low prices, it's easy to book the perfect holiday accommodation for your Garden Route visit. We also have some great special accommodation deals in Garden Route South Africa

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