Explore the Garden Route
Extending around 1,000km along Africa’s southern coast from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth, the Garden Route encompasses many of the best things to do in South Africa in one neat package. The Mediterranean climate, abundance of accommodation, safe beaches, lagoons and wildlife make for easily accessible adventures, while short detours can take you off to see the Big Five, monkey sanctuaries, and whales and dolphins in the glorious bays of the Indian Ocean. There are plenty of activities too – from kayaking and surfing to mountain biking and canopy tours. The side roads offer some of the most unusual discoveries – from the curious fynbos ecosystem and birdlife to the Oudtshoorn ostrich farms.
Tim Winkworth, from our supplier the Family Adventure Company, explains more: “To my mind, they named the Garden Route wrong because it makes it sound as though it’s full of lovely little gardens. But it’s stunning. It’s mountainous, it’s forested, there’s a great forest part that has the waves crashing in as well as tall trees that kids can climb. So the Garden Route is a lovely trip – and it’s all malaria free.”