24 of the best Activities on the Garden Route

The Garden Route is a south-western stretch along the coast of South Africa.  The area stretches from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to Storms River in the Eastern Cape.  This well-known part of our magnificent country has several unique activities.  From beautiful forestry, coastal towns, a mild oceanic climate, lagoons and lakes to agricultural land and mountain ranges it is a very popular and must-visit part of South Africa to visit.

With this in mind we’ve put together our list of unique activities along the Garden Route.

  1. Dias Museum Complex – Mossel Bay

mossel bay, Bartholomeu Dias, garden route, history, south africaBartholomeu Dias set sail to find a sea route to India via the Southern Tip of Africa.  After struggling against a stormy Southern wind he changed course and later decided to dock at Mossel Bay.  The history rich town shares some unique finds including a life size replica of the Dias Caravel – http://www.diasmuseum.co.za/

  1. Great White Shark Diving – Mossel Bay

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The great white shark is one of the most magnificent creatures of the ocean.  Take a cage dive with White Shark Africa’s team who will educate you and offer you an opportunity to experience the great white shark in its natural habitat – https://whitesharkafrica.com/

  1. Hartenbos Seafront Fun Park

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Enjoy a day of family fun at Hartenbos’ Fun Park.  With supertubes, water-slides, jungle gyms, adventure golf and a brand new splash pad you are sure to have endless amounts of fun – http://hartenbos-seefront.co.za/en/atkv-hartenbos-fun-park/

  1. De Vette Mossel – Great Brak

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At this beachfront restaurant abundance is in order.  16 different dishes consisting of nine courses are prepared on open fires and presented as a rolling buffet.  With sand in between your toes this is laid back beach style at its best – https://devettemossel.co.za/en/

  1. Redberry Farm – George

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A family friendly morning can be spent picking your own basket full of strawberries, finding your way through the largest hedge maze in the Southern hemisphere, pony rides or sipping on tea and nibbling on delights from their strawberry inspired menu – http://www.redberryfarm.co.za/

  1. Outeniqua Power Van – George

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Experience the beauty of the Outeniqua mountains from the Outeniqua Power Van.  The rail passes through the breath-taking eco environment with forestry, fynbos, waterfalls, bird and animal life and takes you through six narrow tunnels to a picnic area with beautiful panoramic views of the mountain range – https://showme.co.za/george/tourism/the-outeniqua-powervan/

  1. Map of Africa – Wilderness

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A stop at this view point to get a birds eye look at the Kaaimans River winding around the foot of the hill is an absolute must.  The river creates the unmistakeable outline of the African continent hence why it is called Map of Africa – https://www.sa-venues.com/attractionsgr/map-of-africa-viewpoint.php

  1. Craft Gin & Beer in Wilderness

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Indulge in local craft beer and gin in the small town of Wilderness.  There are several restaurants and bars in this coastal town that offer you a variety of taste experiences – http://bootleggerbrewery.co.za/

  1. Timberlake – between Wilderness and Sedgefield

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This village has a variety of small businesses where one can savour good coffee, country style meals and even fresh wild oysters.  For the active at heart there is the Acrobranch Adventure Course as well as a variety of kids activities – http://timberlakeorganic.co.za/

  1. Sedgefields Wild Oats & Scarab Saturday Markets

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Spend a Saturday morning at the Sedgefield markets.  Wild Oats Farmers Market is great to buy fresh organic produce and to enjoy a bite to eat and the Scarab Market is perfect to stroll through and find some truly Garden Route creations – http://www.wildoatsmarket.co.za/the-market.html

  1. Scootours – Knysna Forest

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A different way to explore the Knysna Forest is on a scootour.  Enjoy an exhilarating downhill on the Monster Mountain Scooter, descent through indigenous forest, sweepy bends and single track – https://scootours.co.za/knysna-forest/

  1. Explore the Knysna Forests

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The forestry around Knysna is absolutely incredible and a definite must is traversing the area.  Pack a picnic basket, grab your hiking gear and climb into your car.  All that is left is for your adventure to begin – https://www.sanparks.org/parks/garden_route/camps/knysna_lakes/tourism/activities.php

  1. Beach Day – From Mossel Bay to Storms River

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Myoli Beach, Buffalo Bay, Brenton-on-Sea, Plett Main Beach, Robberg Beach, Keurbooms and Natures Valley Beach are all great swimming beaches.  Grab a beach umbrella, sunblock, water, beach bats and a boogie board for a fun filled family day.

  1. GoNow Bikes – Knysna

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Rent a GoNow Electric bike for an easy cycle through Knysna.  Take a ride to the Eastern Heads View Points for great Instagramable photos or take a tour through the town – https://www.oceanodyssey.co.za/electric-bikes/

  1. Ocean Odyssey – Knysna

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Get up close and personal on a close encounter whale watching tour with Ocean Odyssey’s skilled skippers – https://www.oceanodyssey.co.za/tours/close-encounter-whale-watching/

  1. Freshline Fisheries – Knysna

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For the freshest seafood and tasteful fresh fish no visit to Knysna is complete without eating lunch or dinner at this outdoor beach style restaurant – http://freshlinefisheries.co.za/

  1. Knysna Elephant Park – Hakerville

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The Knysna Elephant Park & Rescue Facility where guests can closely interact with elephants in their natural habitats – https://knysnaelephantpark.co.za/

  1. Plettenberg Bay Wine Route

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The Plett wine route stretches from the Garden of Eden in the west (between Knysna and Plett) to The Crags in the east (on the road to Port Elizabeth).  Must visits on this map is Packwood Wines, Bramon Wine Estate, Newstead Wine Estate as well as Kay & Monty – https://www.plettwinelands.com/

  1. Monkeyland – The Crags

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If monkey business is your type of thing then a visit to Monkeyland is definitely in order.  With over 700 primates in this free roaming sanctuary you are sure to learn a thing or two – https://www.monkeyland.co.za/

  1. Birds of Eden – The Crags

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Across the road from Monkeyland is Birds of Eden.  In this world class free flight aviary you will spot over 220 bird species – https://birdsofeden.co.za/

  1. Hog Hollow Horse Trails – The Crags

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Take a horse drawn carriage ride through vineyards and country lanes and appreciate the magnificent views over mountains, forest and farmland – https://www.horseridinggardenroute.com/

  1. Face Adrenalin Bloukrans Bungy – Bloukrans Bridge

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For the adrenalin seeker this is the ultimate bungy jump.  Bloukrans bridge is the highest commercial bungy in the world (216m) – https://www.faceadrenalin.com/

  1. Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour – Tsitsikamma

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Spend a day in the clouds with this treetop canopy tour.  Most of the platforms are built around giant Outeniqua Yellowwood trees that are up to 700 years old – https://www.canopytour.co.za/locations/tsitsikamma

  1. Tsitsikamma Segway Tour – Tsitsikamma

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On this guided Segway tour you will be gliding through the enchanting Stormsriver Forest and the local village.  This is great family fun where technology and nature gets combined – https://www.segwayfun.co.za/