GARDEN ROUTE SOUTH AFRICA

Knysna Heads by Knysna HollowAncient forests, meandering rivers and shimmering lagoons await along quaint seaside villages offering fresh seafood restaurants, miles of soft sandy beaches and a myriad of exciting water/land based activities. A 6hour drive from Cape Town, with optional overnights along the way, the Garden Route's 200km coastline offer many scenic attractions like the Tsitsikamma Forest, Storm's River Mouth, forest canopy tours, the world's highest bungy jump and... a malaria free big game safari!
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George Airport (1hr drive from Knysna) or Port Elizabeth Airport (1,5hr drive from malaria free safari)
So either drive from Cape Town OR fly into one of the 2 Garden Route airports and start from there
Car rental is strongly advised for easy exploration of one of the world's greatest coastal drives!
The 'Garden Route' not to be confused with Cape West Coast wild flower display in September
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if driving from Cape Town to Garden Route, consider a few airy country overnighs along the way
on this map below, Barrydale and Oudtshoorn offer convenient overnights along the way
maybe include a stay at one of 3 malaria free safari lodges -  indicated by elephants
 
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Karoo Art Hotel, Barrydale, Karoo
immerse yourself in the warm, old-fashioned hospitality of the quirkiest country hotel in the Cape.
15 comfortable country rooms offer percale linen and balcony views over gardens or village.
a spacious and modern Garden Suite features a private courtyard, pond & shaded seating.
the restaurant offers fabulous food & the popular bar features live music over weekends
barrydale is conveniently situated halfway between cape town & the garden routeG Karoo Art Hotel exterior
rates 2017 - from R1080 to R2300 per room per night for 2adults b&b
low season: may-aug
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De Zeekoe Guest Farm - nearby Oudtshoorn
2000 hectare guest farm/reserve with farm restaurant, lush indigenous gardens & swimming pool
2 honeymoon rooms, 5 superior rooms, 9 luxury rooms, 3 lakeside cottages or 4 rustic cabins
3 flower zones, 162 bird species, fish eagle research, meerkat adventure & ostrich farms
a place with spectacular mountain views, warm colours, soft textures & a personal touch
only free range meat & farm fresh produce used in restaurant serving delicious dinners
40min from Cango Caves, 2.5hr drive from Barrydale & 1.5hr drive from Knysna
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rates until sep2017 - rooms/suites from R1140 to R4380-, cabins at R1400- & cottages at R5000 per night for 2adults b&b
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Under Milkwood Chalets, Knysna
16 quaint log chalets nestled amongst a canopy of Milkwood trees on the shore of the Knysna Lagoon
all chalets equipped with linen/towels for 2 bedrooms (one double/one twin) and 1 or 2 bathrooms 
self catering kitchen with microwave, fridge/freezer, stove, Le Creuset Cookware and television
each chalet also has its own private sundeck with BBQ facilities and is staff serviced daily
beautiful lagoon side beach for swimming & canoeing with beach equipment provided
board games and a library of DVD’s are available from reception for quieter moments
as chalets sleep up to 4 people, different rates are charged for 2, 3 or 4 adults
Knysna is a 1h10min drive from Stormsriver and a 6hr drive from Cape Town
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rates 2017 - self catering waterfront chalet from R1597 to R2246 per night for 2adults - 16dec-10jan at R4825 for 1-4adults per night
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Tsitsikamma Village Inn, Storms River, Garden Route
colonial village style hotel with 49 charming and free-standing rooms, each with a matching garden
main building with pub, pool, cafe, lounge area and dining room offering good food and service
easy access to many adventure & extreme sporting options so great stay for adrenaline junkies
a world of crashing surf, cascading streams, unspoilt forests and tranquil starry nights
1hr drive from Knysna, 4hr drive from malaria free safari, 6.5hr drive from Cape TownGR tsitsikamma village inn
rates 2017 - premium rooms from R1370 to R1640 per night for 2adults b&b
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g sunglasswhat to do Garden Route
with all its winding rivers, shimmering lagoons, sandy beaches, mountains, forests and bridges
Oudtshoorn, the Garden Route, and in particular around Storms River, is adrenaline junky paradise!
Take a look:
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5hour drive from Cape Town along r62 thru Robertson, Montagu, Barrydale, Ladismith and Calitzdorp to Oudtshoorn
Cango Caves, a spectacular underground wonder with its dripstone caverns, vast halls and towering formations. 
Need a new feather boa? Learn all about ostriches at show farms www.cangoostrich.co.za or www.safariostrich.co.za 
Cheetah's, snakes, turtles, lemurs, servals and even crocodile cage diving (yes...) at Cango Wildlife Ranch
And, surprisingly so, a long list of wine estates along the R62 from Montagu to Oudtshoorn
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1hr45min drive from Oudtshhorn via Wilderness and Sedgefield to Knysna
Accessed by ferry only, the Featherbed Reserve on the western side, offer extraordinary hiking trails and scenic lagoon boating
Brenton-On-Beach is also located on the western side of the lagoon and offer endless beaches, ocean views and sandboarding 
Read the book - then go do this magical forest walk. It's like a cathedral in there… until you spot the fresh elephant dung... 
Knysna Heads – 2 rocky outcrops guarding the lagoon entrance. Go to view point (down George Rex Dr) for great views!
Check menu's for Knysna's famous oysters... and visit the Knysna Tourism Office, on Main Rd, for all the info you'll need
site button originalwhat to do between Knysna and Storms River
1hr 15min easy drive from Knysna to Storms River passing the following places of interest:
10min turn off to Knoetzie with its castles on the beach – nothing else here but a photographer's paradise.
22km after Knysna find Knysna Elephant Park, Plettenberg Bay, a 2nd Elephant Sanctuary, Birds of Eden and Monkeyland
Then across Bloukrans Bridge – the highest bungee jump in the world – into quaint little Storms River Village.
site button originalStorms River Village - adventure Capitol
Surrounded by plantations and forests along the Indian Ocean coastline, this peaceful village is a mere collection of smallholdings, a few houses, a couple of shops and... head quarters for the Garden Route's MANY extreme sports like:
Combine kayaks and lilo's(!!!) and float your way around this scenic ocean, river and forest paradise
Or choose between full or half day adventure trips and tube your way down it (water levels increase sept/april)
Memorable forest canopy zip lines or hair raising zip lines across river and waterfalls…
For the less active, consider a segway tour or take a short hike to see the Big Tree - an 800yr old beauty standing 36.6m tall 
Also mountain biking, kloofing, scuba diving, snorkelling, scenic hikes and boat cruises - so prepare mind and body to be active...
site button originalStorms River Mouth, Tsitsikamma National Park
The Storms River Mouth section of the Tsitsikamma National Park is absolutely beautiful and a must-visit. A marine reserve includes an incredible 80km of pristine coastline and offers magnificent scenery and a number of short trails (2-6km) along the coastal bush and rocky shoreline. The most popular walk being to the river mouth and crossing the famous 77m long suspension bridge that spans it. Other facilities include a restaurant and dining deck with great ocean views, a tidal pool, small curios shop and convenience store.
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add-on a malaria free safari
drive another 4hr beyond Storms River and end your journey with a 2/3night malaria free safari
after the safari, drive 1.5hr back to Port Elizabeth Airport, drop rental car and connect outbound flight
 
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start your journey in the Garden route and self drive towards Cape Town - or the other way round
to help you plan your route, also see our 'easy maps' under TRAVEL INFOline GR

Cape Town to Garden Route

arrive and stay a few days in beautiful Cape Town to explore its scenic peninsula 
then collect a pre-booked rental car for a self drive journey towards the Garden Route 
this can be done in a once off 5-6hr drive from Cape Town to Knysna 
OR one can stay over along the way - like at a malaria free safari reserve...
then
after Garden Route stay, either drop car at George airport and fly out 
OR return to Cape Town via a different route
see the other itineraries below for more ideas and remember, ANYthing is possible

Garden Route to Cape Town to Kruger Park - self drive and scheduled flights - 14nights

day01 - arrive PE Airport, collect rental car, drive 2hr to Storms River & stay 3nights
day04 - drive 1.5hr to Oudtshoorn and stay 1night
day05 - drive 2.5hr to Barrydale and stay 1night
day06 - drive 3hr to Franschhoek and stay 2nights
day08 - drive 1hr to Cape Town and stay max time
day12 - fly CPT/Kruger Park and end your holiday on a thrilling 3/4night safari
day15 - fly 1hr Kruger/Johannesburg and connect outbound flight

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Ashton to Montagu