garden route and klein karoo

The nature lover’s paradise and holidaymaker’s mecca

Whether you’re travelling with parents, aunts, uncles, daughters, sons or all on your lonesome, this scenic stretch of the south-eastern coast of South Africa is bustling with unique activities. Why do we call the area between Stilbaai and Tsitsikamma ‘The Garden Route’?

It’s simple – this is Africa’s Garden.

Rich in culture, natural beauty, adventure, fauna and flora, the Cape Garden Route and Klein Karoo has a little bit of everything for everyone. Near Nature’s Valley you’ll come across the Bloukrans Bridge and you’ll quickly notice why it’s the world’s highest commercial bungee jumping spot! If it’s hair-raising adventure you want, you’ll find it here. 

Dusty roads, padkos (snacks in the car) and local restaurants dotted along the route make this a charming journey of discovery. And the biggest discovery will be the amazing people and their wonderful ways. Dig deep into Xhosa culture at Ma Betty’s Xhosa Cultural Experience in Oudtshoorn or Khoi culture at the Khoi Village in Mossel Bay, sign up for some ‘good loving’ on a tour of Knysna’s Rastafarian Township or check out Barry’s Church in Witsand, built in 1852. 

Visit Mossel Bay (which has the mildest climate in world, second to Hawaii) for a look at the Dias Museum Complex which consists of five heritage sites or just stop at The Point for a quick surf with the locals. You can also organise a goose bump-inspiring shark cage diving experience and get up close and personal with the magnificent Great White.

Your journey would not be complete without exploring the Cango Caves, the only show cave in Africa. It’s an underground wonder that makes you feel small in the greater scheme of things.

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