Spectacular scenery, flora and fauna, the Garden Route is one of South Africa’s most popular tourist destinations offering an endless spectacle of lush forests, imposing mountains, lakes and dramatic coastline. The route officially begins in Mossel Bay and ends in Port Elizabeth, but we recommend you start out from Cape Town with a chance to see the migrating whales from the shore at Hermanus.
Most people opt to self-drive and but we can arrange either an escorted tour with a qualified tour guide or joining one of the small group tours that depart frequently from Cape Town.
For self drive, we use only known brand car rental companies with a fleet of new vehicles and an extensive infrastructure in case you have difficulties. We will supply maps, information about things to visit, as well as arranging all your accommodation in advance. Choose from B&B Guest houses, such as The Lodge on the Green at Hermanus to 5 star accommodation at Fancourt Hotel, or a mixture of all of them, we can plan a route to suit your time and budget. You’ll love it!
For golfers there are a number of ‘must-play’ courses including the dramatic Pinnacle Point that hugs the cliffs at Mossel Bay or the pristine fairways at Fancourt or the devilishly hard Links – South Africa’s number one ranked course. If you are aiming to play golf as well as sightseeing then we recommend a minimum of 10 days to enjoy the 800km trip, flying out from Port Elizabeth rather than doubling back to Cape Town.
There are opportunities for safari along the route including Gondwana near Mossel Bay and Pumba near Port Elizabeth.
138 Marine Guest House, Hermanus – Holidays in South Africa 138 Marine is a luxury guest house with spectacular sea views just outside the centre of Hermanus, perfect for whale watching holidays in South Africa.
Arabella Hotel, Golf and Spa
About an hour and a half’s drive from Cape Town, you will find this superb 5 star hotel and golf course. Don’t be put off by the imposing facade, inside you will find an oasis of style and tranquility with views across the lagoon.
Cuningham’s Island Guest House is situated on Leisure Isle in Knysna at the heart of the Garden Route. It is a 3* property with nice airy rooms that overlook a sparkling swimming pool.
Fancourt Hotel & Golf Estate, has 3 courses to choose from. It is a popular for golfers that want to stay in one spot rather than touring. There are a further 6 top courses in easy reach.
Grootbos Private Nature Reserve lies hidden high above the famous Walker Bay between the towns of Hermanus and Gansbaai. It is South Africa’s premier marine and floral destination.
Located in the centre of Hermanus, set back slightly from the cliffs, the hotel has views of the ocean and is in a perfect position for exploring the town and coastal path on foot.
Hog Hollow is a 4-star lodge in one of the most beautiful parts of Africa – the Garden Route. The lodge is set on the edge of a forest in a private nature reserve with panoramic views of the surrounding valleys and mountains.
La Plume Guest House is a 1902 Victorian homestead on a working ostrich farm. Set in the tranquil Olifantsrivier Valley outside Oudtshoorn town, La Plume commands spectacular views of the Swartberg Mountains.
Leisure Isle Lodge
Leisure Isle Lodge is an exceptional retreat offering superb accommodation and uncompromising levels of service. The privately owned guest house has been voted Winner of the Top Lodge category in the prestigious AA Awards.
Hermanus Lodge on the Green
The Lodge on the Green, Hermanus overlooks the local golf course, as the name suggests. Located in a quiet residential area just outside of the town centre, it is a tranquil setting with large airy rooms.
Mosaic Lagoon Lodge
Hidden amongst a grove of ancient milkwoods is the Mosaic Lagoon Lodge. Stunning views, superb food and a host of activities makes this a place for adventure and contemplation.
Pezula Resort Hotel
The luxurious Pezula Resort Hotel stands on the crest of the Eastern Heads, with the warm seas of the Indian Ocean to the south, the tranquil Knysna Lagoon to the north, and the magnificent Outeniqua Mountains in the distance.
Protea Knysna Quays
One of the best locations in Kynsna, the Protea Hotel Knysna Quays enjoys a spectacular perspective, right on the waterfront of the Knysna Lagoon. It is the perfect location to use as a base to explore the Garden Route.
Pumba Private Game Reserve
Pumba Private Game Reserve is located at the eastern end of the Garden Route about 80 kms past Port Elizabeth. This luxurious safari lodge has superb game viewing with the Big 5 animals as well as cheetah and White lion.
Schulphoek Guest House
Situated at the beautifully protected sanctuary of Schulphoek Bay with spectacular uninterrupted sea views. It is an ideal spot to see the Southern Right Whales from June to November.
Sands at St Francis
This small 5 star guest house has an A1 position on the long sandy beach at St Francis and a short walk into the town centre. It is a favourite for our clients, especially those on South African golf holidays on the Garden Route.
Shamwari Game Reserve
Shamwari Game Reserve is one of the most successful private conservation projects in Southern Africa. It combines responsible tourism with a luxurious means of experiencing an African safari adventure.
Step off the road and into a surprising oasis, at this enclosed courtyard property. Stunningly beautiful, airy rooms, each individually decorated, make The Windermere the perfect place to start or finish your Garden Route adventure.