Garden Route Day Tours, Attractions & Excursions

Garden Route South Africa

One of the main tourist attractions that this majestic country has to offer is the Garden Route, with beautiful stretches of coastline and greenery. The natural beauty will amaze you, the culture will captivate you and the adventure will leave you wanting more. Are you ready to experience all that the Garden Route has to offer?

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Make sure your Garden Route holiday itinerary is jam-packed, full of all the best attractions, excursions and guided tours that get a big thumbs up from us everytime. We’ve found them all – so you don’t have to miss out!

One of the amazing parts about the Garden Route? Well, it’s home to the Tsitsikamma National Park, of course! This patch of protected forest can be found some 60 kilometers from Plettenberg Bay, and is home to amazing Kayak tours. You can have a look at our Garden Route Map at the top of this page to give you an idea of where to find it. Paddle under the suspension bridge  and onto the Storms River canyon. In the canyon you pass breathtaking cliffs and caves.

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Don’t miss out on a short hike to Storms River Mouth, crossing the famous Suspension Bridge is a must for anyone holidaying up the Garden Route.

Why not gain a new perspective on South Africa with a zipline canopy tour – gliding from platform to platform above the forest canopy. Passing the giant trees and learning interesting facts about the area’s differently shaped pears, giant yellow woods and tree ferns – your eyes and ears are in for a treat.

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Experience South Africa’s gentle giants at the Garden Route Game Lodge, which guards the entrance to South Africa’s world famous Garden Route Coast. This malaria free, private game reserve is home to a variety of animals and bird life – you can expect to see the Big 5 for sure.

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Another exciting way to explore all the Garden Route has to offer is by heading over to Knysna for some whale watching! But whales aren’t the only thing to get excited about in this awesome ocean adventure – you’ll find dolphins and great white sharks mucking about in the water too!

So if a trip up the Garden Route National Park is on your bucket list, then check out these really cool tours.

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Tenikwa cheetah in the wild

Located in “The Crags”, near Plettenburg Bay, Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre is a sanctuary for Lions, Cheetahs, and a host of other wildlife species. There are many tour options, from a short, guided tour of the center, to a thrilling overnight trip. ...

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Tenikwa enables humans and wild animals to meet in a tranquil and safe environment. The work that the center does is inspiring, and their tours offer the opportunity to ethically view some of the most stunning big cats in southern Africa.
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  • Close encounters with wildlife in their natural habitat.
  • Various tours to choose from, each day of the week.
  • Money made from the tours is used to maintain the wild cats’ sanctuary.
CONS:
  • Minimum height limit for most of the tours.
  • Children are not allowed on most of the tours.
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With its beautiful waterways and amazing scenery, Knysna has no shortage of stunning sights. If you are looking for a tour with a view, a Knysna sunset cruise is the perfect choice. ...

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If you’re into boat trips, Knysna is the perfect place to enjoy this activity. These sunset cruises combine food and drinks with stunning scenery, the perfect equation for a perfect night!
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  • A stunning tour of the Knysna Estuary
  • Sailing along the Garden Route coast
  • Refreshments included
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  • Sailing along the coast is dependent on weather and sea conditions
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Storms River is one of Tsitsikamma's main attractions. Spend the day paddling deep into the National Park to discover how the sheer cliffs drop dramatically into Storms River Gorge until the fresh river water meets the ocean. Find ancient forests, deep caves, and serene pools as you float along the storms river gorge. ...

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This tour is perfect for anyone looking for an active adventure on the Garden Route. Discover the most magical spots from a new perspective as you spend time kayaking Storms River.
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  • Perfect tour for friends and families
  • All kayaking equipment included
  • Flexible starting times
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  • Waiting period applicable in busy seasons
  • May be canceled due to bad weather
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Fly through the trees of the Tsitsikamma Forest in the lush Garden Route area of South Africa. Feel the wind against your body as you slide from one platform to another on a zipline through the canopy of the trees with one of the epic Tsitsikamma canopy tours specials. ...

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This experience comes highly recommended as a unique tour that promises magnificent scenery and enriching information. Unfortunately, pregnant women are prevented from taking part.
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  • Fun for the whole family
  • Not weather-reliant
  • Both informative and exhilarating
CONS:
  • Can be cold if the weather is poor
  • Pregnant women are not allowed
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Best seller Humpback whale breaching

Enjoy the marine life of the Western Cape coastline as you sail across the water at Gansbaai. With endless sealife to spot, this tour is one of the best things to do on a Cape holiday. Whether you're watching from the shoreline, or taking a cruise across the bay, seeing Southern Right Whales breaching is an absolute delight! Be sure you don't miss the most amazing whale watching tours that Cape ...

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  • See whales up-close
  • Enjoy a wide variety of marine life
  • Entrance fee included
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  • No meals included
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Best value Yellowwood leaves

The yellowwood giants that guard the Tsitsikamma forest create an unbelievable atmosphere for visitors. Enjoy the amazing trip through their canopy as you take in the the beauties of Tsitsikamma. ...

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  • Fully-trained guides
  • Excellent safety precautions
  • Pristine forest to explore
  • Exciting zipline activity
  • Lunch and water included
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  • Weight restriction
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Get out on the water and go searching for whales and dolphins, the Ocean's most majestic creatures. Cruise through the awe-inspiring, but intimidating Knysna Heads and into the vast Indian Ocean. See immense schools of dolphins darting under the boat and playing in the wake left behind. ...

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  • Get up close and personal with wild whales and dolphins
  • Whale spotter on the hill
  • Unrivalled natural beauty
  • Professional Guide
CONS:
  • Can get cold
  • No guarantee of sightings
  • Tour is weather dependant
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