Why Visit The Garden Route?

Great Climate

The Garden Route is blessed with a mild climate and year round mostly good weather.

Excellent Facilities

The Garden Route is well provided for with modern facilities and resources for visitors.

Incredible Scenery

Some of the most beautiful and spectacular scenery imaginable on our doorstep.

About The Garden Route

The Garden Route is a stunningly scenic stretch of coastline, rolling green hills and towering mountain peaks, offering a mix of mountains, beaches, forests, peaceful lagoons, rivers, lakes and bustling seaside towns. The area is one of the most popular holiday destinations for South Africans and international visitors and, being only a few hours drive from Cape Town it's a popular stop for visitors travelling from Cape Town to the neighboring Eastern Cape.

A  near perfect climate (according to the Guinness Book of Records, the mildest in South Africa and second mildest in the world after Hawaii), with mild to warm summers and mild to cool winters, makes it a year-round destination. Winter's rarely fall below 10°C and summer temperatures rarely go above 28°C. Rain occurs year-round, with a slight increase during the spring months - September to November.

It's an absolute paradise for bird watchers, hikers and adventure seekers, with a number of nature reserves embracing all the eco systems. The dramatic Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma Mountains offer a unique mixture of fynbos and forest, and, some of South Africa’s top hikes, like the well loved Otter, Tsitsikamma and Dolphin Trails.

The entire area is the perfect place to escape on a romantic getaway, but is just as perfect for a family holiday. It’s a destination well suited to self-drive holidays, thanks to the well maintained and signposted roads and relatively short driving distances between towns.

Stuff To Do

While outdoor sports and activities are a big part of any Garden Route holiday, it’s not all high energy stuff. Several of the country’s best golf courses are found in the region, in fact, it’s been called the Golfing Mecca of South Africa. Just some of the world class golf courses in the region include: Fancourt (George), Pezulu and Simola  (Knysna), Pinnacle Point (Mossel Bay) and Plettenberg Bay.

Plenty of other family friendly attractions can be found as well, we can highly recommend the Bird of Prey Sanctuary, The Wolf Sanctuary, Knysna Elephant Park, Adventureland, Birds of Eden and Monkeyland, all of which are in the coastal region. Heading inland, The Cango Caves, varied Ostrich Farms and Cango Wildlife Ranch near Oudtshoorn are well worth the visit and make for an easy day trip.

A plethora of annual events take place, just to name a few: The famous Knysna Oyster Festival, KKNF (Klein Karoo National Kunstefees) held in Outshoorn, The Classic Car Show in Knysna, Mossel Bay’s Buffalo Motor Bike Rally, The Stilbaai Easter Arts & Crafts Fair, The Sedgefield Slow Festival, The Knysna Pink Loerie Mardi Gras, Plettenberg Bay’s The Wedge Bodyboadarding Challenge, Knysna’s Cycle Tour, George’s Strawberry Festival…and the list goes on.

Garden Route Location Map

Useful Contact Numbers & Websites

National Parks Along The Garden Route

Garden Route National Park

Along the South Coast of South Africa lies one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the world, home to the Garden Route National Park. The park covers a fairly large area which is divided into smaller units: Wilderness, Knysna and Tsitsikamma.

Website: www.sanparks.org/parks/garden_route/


Agulhas National Park

Although not in the Garden Route, the Agulhas National Park is an area of extraordinary beauty and being between Cape Town and the Garden Route, it's a worthwhile detour.

Website: www.sanparks.org/parks/agulhas/


Addo Elephant National Park

Also not strictly part of the Garden Route, but well worth a couple of days stay if visiting the Eastern Cape. Explore a world of diversity in what is now the third largest national park in South Africa, Addo Elephant National Park has expanded to conserve a wide range of biodiversity, landscapes, fauna and flora.

Website: www.sanparks.org/parks/addo/

Garden Route Airports

George Airport

This relatively small but busy airport is an efficient enterprise, with scheduled daily flights to all the main centres, including Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, and Bloemfontein. The airport now handles over 600,000 passengers each year, it is also a national distribution hub for cargo such as flowers, fish, oysters, herbs and ferns.

Facilities include:

Automatic bank tellers
Restaurants and pubs
Retail shopping
Car rental
Executive lounge
Free wifi

Phone: 044 876 9310

Website: www.airports.co.za/airports/george-airport


Plettenberg Bay Airport

Small airport with regular scheduled flights to Cape Town and Johannesburg, a shuttle service into town is available.

Phone: 044 501 3194

Hospitals & Medical Services

Mossel Bay

Vidamed Private Hospital (Private)
Phone: 044 690 3402
2 Alhof Dr

Mossel Bay Hospital (Government)
Phone: 044 691 2011
21st Ave

Bay View Hospital (Private)
Phone: 044 691 3718
Alhof Dr


George

George Hospital (Government)
Phone: 044 874 5122
Davidson Rd

Medi Clinic George (Private)
Phone: 044 803 2000
Cnr York Street and Gloucester Lane

Geneva Medi-Clinic (Private)
Phone: 044 803 2000
7 Varing Avenue


Knysna

Life Knysna Private Hospital (Private)
Phone: 044 384 1083
Hunters Estate Dr

Knysna Provincial Hospital (Government)
Phone: 044 302 8400
Main Road

Advanced Knysna Surgical Centre (Private)
Phone: 087 236 8508
4 Barracuda St


Plettenberg Bay

Mediclinic Plettenberg Bay (Private)
Phone: 044 501 5100
Muller St

Police, Fire and Sea Rescue

Mossel Bay

Police
2C George Rd
Phone: 044 606 2805

Fire Brigade
89A Santos Haven St
Phone: 044 606 5031

National Sea Rescue Institute
Bland St
Phone: 044 604 6271


George

Police
37 Courtenay St
Phone: 044 803 4743

Fire Brigade
Mitchell St
Phone: 044 801 6311

National Sea Rescue Institute
Station 23, Wilderness
Phone: 044 604 6271


Knysna

Police
Main ( N2 National ) Road
Phone: 044 302 6600

Fire Brigade
Clyde St
Phone: 044 302 6300

National Sea Rescue Institute
George Rex Dr
Phone: 044 384 0211


Plettenberg Bay

Police
Main St
Phone: 044 501 1900

National Sea Rescue Institute
Hopwood St
Phone: 082 990 5975

Garden Route Holiday Apartments
Wilderness, South Africa

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