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Garden Route

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Hike or drive the southeastern coast of South Africa along Garden Route, a stretch of coastland with a remarkable range of plants, numerous lagoons, lakes, and trails. A popular tourist destination, the route stretches for about 300 km (186 mi). Top Garden Route attractions include scenic beaches, while the surrounding hills and mountains feature indigenous forests and diverse wildlife. A number of towns and wine estates along the way offer plenty of activities, providing a combination of nature and culture as you traverse the region. Find what you're looking for from your Garden Route holiday, by planning the whole thing with us using our handy South Africa trip planner.
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Popular things to do in Garden Route

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Robberg Nature Reserve Plettenberg Bay
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Cave
Cango Caves Oudtshoorn
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre The Crags
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Geologic Formation
Knysna Heads Knysna
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min

Parks in Garden Route

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Birds of Eden The Crags
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Knysna Elephant Park Knysna
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Cango Wildlife Ranch Oudtshoorn
4.4
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary The Crags
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Garden Route

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Hiking Trail
The Dolphin Trail Storms River
4.6
Duration: 8 hours
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Waterfall Trail Tsitsikamma National Park
4.6
Duration: 4 hours
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Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary The Crags
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Otter Trail Tsitsikamma National Park
4.9
Duration: 2h 30 min

Kid-friendly things to do in Garden Route

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Beach
Brenton on Sea Knysna
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Wilderness Beach Wilderness
4.7
Duration: 4 hours
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Buffalo Bay Knysna
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Farm
Redberry Farm George
4.4
Duration: 4 hours

Trails in Garden Route

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Tsitsikamma Mountain Trail Tsitsikamma National Park
4.1
Duration: 4 hours
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Hiking Trail
St. Blaize Trail Mossel Bay
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Equestrian Trail
Perdepoort Horse Tails Wilderness
4.9
Duration: 2h 30 min
Hiking Trail
Drupkelders Hiking Trail Knysna
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min

Shopping in Garden Route

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Gift & Specialty Shop
Goldsmiths Knysna | Bespoke Jewellers | Diamond Dealers Knysna
5.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
Gift & Specialty Shop
Tiny Shop Wilderness
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes
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The Potter Harkerville
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Flea Market
Mosaic Outdoor Market Sedgefield
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Zipline
Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours Storms River
4.6
Duration: 3 hours
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Gift & Specialty Shop
La Carla Mask Atelier Plettenberg Bay
4.0
Duration: 1 hour
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Farm
Highgate Ostrich Show Farm Oudtshoorn
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
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Outdoor Activity
Tsitsikamma Woodcutters Journey Storms River
2.4
Duration: 3 hours

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