South Africa Garden Route


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!

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108, 2018

Woman’s Month in South Africa

August 1st, 2018|Categories: Cape Town, Drakensberg, Durban, Garden Route, Johannesburg, Kruger National Park, News, South Africa, West Coast|0 Comments

In South Africa we commemorate Women through out the month of August as a tribute to the 20 000 women who marched to the Union Buildings on the 9th August 1956. The march was in protest of the extension of Pass Laws to women that would prevent them from moving freely within South Africa. The Government of South Africa declared August women’s month and the 9th of August is celebrated annually as Women’s Day. In celebration of South African Woman’s Month we are offering a 20% DISCOUNT on all female shared dormitories. Valid for DIRECT bookings only: Email [email protected] [...]

2009, 2017

WATCH NOW: Never Road Trip To South Africa, It’s Not Safe (They Said)

September 20th, 2017|Categories: Cape Town, Durban, Garden Route, Kruger National Park, News, South Africa|0 Comments

This is the story of a French couple who were discourage by family and friends from visiting South Africa because of the safety, or actually rather the lack of safety. Anyway, Michel Vespasien and Pauline Bachel really wanted to go on an adventure and booked their trip despite what everyone (who had never been to South Africa) told them. 18 days of travelling through South Africa resulted in great memories, amazing views and peaceful landscapes which are all filmed in the video below. Watch the amazing video of their beautiful South African road trip below. [...]

1907, 2017

World’s Best Road Trip is in South Africa, Reports CNN

July 19th, 2017|Categories: Cape Town, Garden Route, News, South Africa, West Coast|0 Comments

Do you need any more convincing? It’s official – Route 62 is the world’s best road trip – that’s according to a poll by CNN Travel. The world’s longest wine route takes you from Cape Town through some immense scenery, quirky bars and quaint shops along the N1, through part of the Klein Karoo and ultimately to the unbeatable Garden Route along the South Coast. With activities as adrenalin-filled as ziplining and rock-climbing, to top spas, art and history tours and wineries, there’s truly something for everyone. Explore the alcoholic beverage capital of the country, Robertson, home to the [...]

1707, 2017

Whale season has started!

July 17th, 2017|Categories: Cape Town, Destinations, Garden Route, News, South Africa, Travel Advice|0 Comments

Winter in South Africa means something very exciting...whale season has arrived. This article gives you the ins and outs of this wonderful season which runs from July till November. One of the most popular whale watch destinations of South Africa is Hermanus, a small coastal village just 120 kilometres from Cape Town. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has recognized Hermanus as one of the 12 best whale watching destinations in the world. You can spot the whales by boat or if you are a bit more adventurous jump in a kayak for a really unique opportunity to watch the [...]

1207, 2017

Top Winter Destinations in South Africa

July 12th, 2017|Categories: Cape Town, Destinations, Garden Route, Kruger National Park, News, South Africa, Travel Advice, West Coast|0 Comments

From the month of May till the September it is winter in South Africa. But don’t think that the winter isn’t a good time to visit the most beautiful country on the planet. Visiting South Africa in the winter is amazing and some things are even better in the winter! Think about safaris. In the North the winter is dry and by far the best time to spot wildlife as there is limited water supply. So the animals have to go to water holes to drink, if you are lucky you can spot lots of animals [...]

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