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 ways. The Cango Caves just outside Oudshoorn are very large cave system where you can do a heritage tour. Travelling with children? Then it is highly recommended to go to the Cango Wildlife Ranch where they have a lot of animals and with more than 90 species there is much to see and do. Oudshoorn is also famous for its ostrich farm where you can go on a guided tour and learn all about these very special animals.
2. The longest wine route in the world – Route 62
Do you like wine and spectacular views? Then this is the perfect route to follow while on the Garden Route. This 850 kilometers route begins in Cape Town and goes all the way up to Port Elizabeth. Route 62 is the longest wine route in the world. Choose the places where you want to stop to have lunch or to do a delicious wine tasting.
3. Surfing in Jeffrey’s Bay
For one of the best surf waves in the world you absolutely must come to South Africa. CNN has named Supertubes, Jeffrey’s Bay in South Africa as the second best surf spot in the world. Not surprising that many surfers from all over the world come to South Africa to catch a wave. Jeffrey’s Bay is located on the Garden Route and is a 1 hour drive from Port Elizabeth.
4. Bungee jumping
Totally not afraid of heights and ready to get an adrenaline rush? Then the world’s highest bungee jump from a bridge is the perfect thing for you! The Bloukrans bridge, in the place Tsitsikamma is 216 meters high and hangs above the Bloukrans River. Isn’t bungee jumping quite your thing? Then you can go to Tsitsikamma National Park where you can enjoy beautiful forests and a breathtaking coastline.
5. Sea kayaking with Whales in Plettenbergbay.
Maybe one of the most special things you can do during the Garden route. Kayaking in the middle of the sea between the beautiful nature and if you are lucky you can kayak among the whales. The best season for whale watching is from June to November. Besides whales you also have the chance to see the killer whales or dolphins during this special experience.
6. Knysna Heads
The Knysna Heads are two rocks where between river and sea come together, this Lagoon forms an unbelievable cool image. They’re a famous landmark and locals speak about them as ‘the heads’. You can go to the highest point with an amazing view of the Knysna heads and the Eastern Cape Coast Line. There are restaurants around the Knysna Heads where you can enjoy the stunning view of this amazing area.
7. Rust en vrede waterfall
There are not a lot of waterfalls in south Africa so this Is your chance to see one of the most beautiful pieces of nature. Just outside of oudshoorn you will find a hidden jam. A beautiful, peacefull and quiet walk thru the natural forest to get to the “rest and fear” (Rust en Vrede) waterfall. You can hear the water running and the birds tweeting in the trees.
By now you should be really excited to go and explore the Garden Route yourself.