The Garden Route along South Africa’s breath-taking coastline is simultaneously world-famous and secluded. A place where every year travellers come to strike a long-awaiting tick on their bucket-list but still remains pleasantly undisturbed and basks in natural organic beauty. Between its start and end points, travellers will awe at rugged but leafy cliffs that look out onto undisturbed stretches of ocean – with plenty of hidden gems to discover along the way.

1. Oudtshoorn

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It’s not just people who appreciate the beautiful landscapes of the Garden Route – some of Mother Nature’s most fascinating creatures do as well. The town of Oudtshoorn has been named the ‘Ostrich Capital of the World’ and many travellers stop by here to visit one of the many ostrich farms. There is also the nearby Cango Caves and Wildlife Reserve that is home to some of Africa’s best-loved felines.

When leaving Oudtshoorn you can also make the choice to carry on along the Garden Route or turn onto the Route 62 wine route – where some of the finest African port wines originate.

2. Wildnerness

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This aptly named town is wedged between the Kaaimans River and the Goukama Natural Reserve, and boasts year-round sunny temperatures. Around the town lies beautiful lagoons, stunning beaches, and tranquil seas that are known to attract whales and dolphins.

3. Plettenberg Bay

Robberg Robberg Peninsula Robberg Nature Reserve

If your favourite kind of wildlife is connected to the ocean, remember to park your car by Plettenberg Bay. Its coastal areas are home to a large Cape fur seal colony, a seasonal penguin colony and waters where the ripples are caused by pods of whales. With waters this rich it has naturally become one of South Africa’s best places for diving and surfing.

4. George

View of George in South Africa

Acting as the gateway to the Garden Route, this is the sixth oldest town in South Africa that will greet travellers with a charming welcome. The town is backed by the stunning Outeniqua Mountains, and is steeped by history with the George Museum and the old Moeder kerk, which is a Dutch reformed church. The town’s picturesque charm is topped off with the backdrop of the Outeniqua Mountains, where you’ll find the Outeniqua Railway Museum and the Outenique Choo-Tjoe train.

5. Knysna


Every famous coastal route has a hub dedicated to impressive seafood, and Knysna holds this title for the Garden Route. If you’re road-tripping in late June/early July, your taste-buds will appreciate a visit to the Knysna Oyster Festival. Also popular in this area is golf, thanks to its collection of first-class ranges such as Pezula Golf Course, Knysna Golf Course and Simola Golf Course. ]]>