This stunning area stretches along the eastern coast line of South Africa from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to Storms River on the border of the Eastern Cape.  The Garden Route is one of the most exquisite and exceptional spots you will find. It is a highlight for most travellers to South Africa and when you visit the picturesque towns en route, you will understand why. While discovering the Garden Route, you should make sure to take a dip in the warm water of the Indian Ocean, go whale watching, explore some of the majestic forests and visit untouched national parks that host a variety of wildlife.

Main attractions on the Garden Route include visiting Oudtshoorn, a small town known for ostrich rides, scenic hikes and the Cango Caves – 200 million year old lime stone caves that are a natural landmark in South Africa.

Mossel Bay is a great spot to visit for Great White Shark cage diving. It also has a unique Portuguese history from when sailors stumbled across the area over 500 years ago.

The Wilderness is a popular beach town to visit for nature lovers. It has a beautiful white sandy beach and a lagoon that stretches deep inland, a dense forest with spectacular view points as well as waterfall hikes. There are also many rivers to enjoy canoeing and this area is known as the home of the rarely seen Cape Mountain Leopard.

Knysna is a trendy and prosperous town with its own unique flair. Key activities are visiting the Elephant Park, driving to a stunning view point called the Knysna Heads, exploring the Knysna forest and indulging in delicious seafood at one of the many trendy restaurants the waterfront has to offer.  Knysna also hosts the renowned annual Oyster Festival in the beginning of July.

Plettenberg Bay, Natures Valley and Storms River are the final spots to visit along the Garden Route. Plett, as it is more commonly referred to by locals is a great town to go surfing, kite boarding or stand up paddling (basically if you love water sports, then this town is for you!)

Natures Valley is an untouched small beach village with a national park, waterfalls, lagoon and forests on offer – it is really one of the most striking of all the villages the Garden Route has to offer. Storms River is in the captivating Tsitsikamma National Park and borders the Eastern Cape where you can go bungee jumping off Bloukrans bridge, kayaking up the river mouth or black water tubing on river rapids.

For those who seek adventure tours on a budget, contact Ashanti Travel Online to plan your Garden Route tour!

1412, 2021

Are Hostels Better Than Airbnb for Holiday Accommodation in Cape Town

December 14th, 2021|Categories: Cape Town, Garden Route, News, South Africa, Travel Advice|0 Comments

When visiting Cape Town, is it better to book an Airbnb or backpackers hostel? When making the decision there are the normal influencing factors like: Are you traveling with family, parents, or friends and do you want to meet new people? Perhaps you here in the mother city…. to party? Cape Town in South Africa is very much like any other world-class city and hence, the same factors that influence your decisions in other cosmopolitan hubs are likely to play a role in your choices in the here. 1. An Abundance and Diversity of People [...]

2011, 2019

Animal Adventures on the Garden Route Wildlife Safari

November 20th, 2019|Categories: Adventure Tours, Budget Safaris, Cape Town, Garden Route, News, South Africa|0 Comments

On the 2-day Garden Route Wildlife Safari, you can see the differences between the environmentally diverse biomes of South Africa as well as the rich variation in wildlife. From lush green mountains and oceans on the Garden Route to the dry semi-desert filled with ostriches of the Klein Karoo. South Africa has a lot to offer, and with this tour, you can have a quick overview from Cape Town along a part of the Garden Route and back again along the most extensive wine route in the world - Route 62. While covering two game drives, a bushwalk, and [...]

1705, 2019

Top 7 reasons to visit South Africa

May 17th, 2019|Categories: Adventure Tours, Budget Safaris, Cape Town, Day Tours, Garden Route, Kruger National Park, News, South Africa|0 Comments

South Africa is one of the most special countries that exists. A country that offers you the most beautiful white beaches, towering cliffs, special cities, the highest bungee jump in the world and of course the famous Kruger National park. During your vacation in South Africa, you do not want to miss any highlights. That is why we have selected 7 places that you absolutely must visit during your stay in South Africa. 1. Go on a safari in the famous Kruger National Park. With a ranger, you will drive through one of the [...]

711, 2018

7 places that you must visit during the Garden Route.

November 7th, 2018|Categories: Garden Route, South Africa|0 Comments

The Garden Route is one of the most special routes that exist. A route that takes about 700 kilometres along the most beautiful white beaches, towering cliffs, special cities, the highest bungee jump in the world and of course the famous Addo Elephant Park where you can go on a safari. During this route you do not want to miss a highlight. That is why we have selected 7 places that you must visit during the Garden Route. 1. What to do in Oudtshoorn? A day at Oudtshoorn can be spent in many different [...]

1209, 2018

5 Interesting Facts About South Africa

September 12th, 2018|Categories: Adventure Tours, Budget Safaris, Cape Town, Day Tours, Destinations, Garden Route, Johannesburg, Kruger National Park, News, South Africa|1 Comment

Have you ever wanted to see the Big 5, visit penguins, go on a wine tour and enjoy some skiing, all in one vacation? Here are 5 interesting facts you possibly do not know about South Africa... 1. The African Penguin at Boulders Beach At less than an hour drive from Ashanti Lodge, you will find Boulders Beach home to the African Penguin. The African Penguins are the only type of penguins found on the continent. Pretty special right? Boulders Beach is the best place in South Africa where you are able to see [...]

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