Tsitsikamma Forest Garden Route

Destination

Garden Route Holidays

An iconic road trip through South Africa's Garden of Eden

A holiday to South Africa wouldn’t be complete without experiencing the natural beauty of the Garden Route. Stretching 300 kilometres along the south-western coast, and cloaked with lakes, mountains, golden beaches and dense, indigenous forests, the Garden Route is truly mesmerising.

Meandering from the small coastal town of Mossel Bay to Port Elizabeth and Storms River in the Eastern Cape, you'll venture through stunning landscapes on the road trip of a lifetime. On a route dotted with spectacular viewpoints, take your time to stop off to hike, bird watch, canoe on the waters and soak up your surroundings. Explore Knysna, at the heart of the Garden Route, famed for its oysters, lagoons, walking trails and golf courses.

Travelling the Garden Route is sure to leave you with memories to last a lifetime, but why not extend your break and explore more of South Africa? Round off your adventure with a safari in Kruger National Park, spotting the Big Five. Or you might opt to bookend your road trip with a few days in Cape Town beforehand and then finish in Namibia, crossing the golden sand dunes and gazing on grazing giraffes on the plains.

Destination Highlights
  • Travel from Cape to Cape, on the ultimate South African road trip
  • Explore diverse and beautiful scenery and wildlife reserves
  • Visit delightful coastal towns and villages
  • Enjoy hiking, surfing, biking, canoeing, golf and many other outdoor activities
Essential Information
  • Time Zone GMT +2 hours
  • Currency ZAR - South African rand
  • Visa Information British citizens do not need to obtain a visa for South Africa for stays of up to 90 days. However, strict entrance policies apply for passengers travelling with children under the age of 18.
  • Language English is widely spoken
  • Flight Time Approx 11 hours and thirty minutes by British Airways directly from London Heathrow to Cape Town; accessible by road from Cape Town
  • Health Information Some special vaccines are required for travel to certain areas of South Africa. We recommend that you speak to your GP about the latest medical advice as soon as you have booked your trip.

Our Garden Route destinations

Garden Route

Knysna

Knysna

Garden Route

George

George

Garden Route

Oudtshoorn

Oudtshoorn

Garden Route

Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth
Tsitsikamma Lodge

Garden Route

Tsitsikamma National Park

Tsitsikamma National Park
The Plettenberg

Garden Route

Plettenberg Bay

Plettenberg Bay

Types of Garden Route holidays

Frequently Asked Questions

We recommend that you allow at least 4 –5 days to travel the Garden Route and stop off to explore. However, this is dependent on what you want to do and your overall itinerary. 

In short, no – it's not necessary to travel from west to east. Cape Town is a natural starting point for the tour if you're flying in from the UK but it's just as likely that you might want to depart from there. You might also fly into George airport via Johannesburg (from elsewhere in South Africa) which is at the eastern end of the route. 

We recommend you pack sunscreen, a hat or cap, binoculars, comfortable walking or hiking shoes and a good camera to capture your adventure. A jacket or lightweight rain coat is also a good idea – just in case there's a light shower. 

 

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