Garden Route

Things To Do in Garden Route

Are you planning to do a road trip packed with activities, adventure and scenic routes? Well, then the Garden Route is definitely the way to go! The name says it all – a 200 km stretch of lush green vegetation, crystal clear lagoons, paradise beaches, wildlife and a variety of popular holiday towns.


Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie searching for the next thrill, or simply a nature enthusiast who enjoys being outdoors and surrounded by natural beauty. The Garden Route offers the full package – for all types of travelers. Therefore, it is quite obvious why it has become one of the most popular routes for locals and tourists to travel and explore.

Garden Route Attractions

The Garden Route is a fantastic host of many popular attractions – there is always something new to discover in and around this dynamic region.


The Swartberg Pass is known to be one of the most picturesque mountain passes in the world. It features a 27 km zig-zag road steeping over the Swartberg mountains with unique rock formations and breathtaking views over the valley of Prince Albert town. Be sure to take a quick snap at one of the lookout points along the way.

The Knysna Forest is the gem of Knysna – one of the most popular towns along the Garden Route. The forest is a beautiful mix of ancient trees, waterfalls and scenic trials. It was also the home to big herds of elephants a long time ago, who’s legacy still echoes along the paths of the forest. A must see when visiting Knysna!

Robberg Nature Reserve is a little peace of paradise located 8 km from Plettenberg Bay. This historical monument is a hiker’s dream, offering a range of trails leading through the peninsula and rocky cliffs with pristine beaches to admire along the way.

One of the biggest attractions of the Tsitsikamma Nature Reserve is the famous Storms River Suspension Bridge that spans 77 metres over the waters where the river mouth and Indian ocean meet. The hiking trail to the bridge is also a great way for visitors to experience the beautiful scenery – from the lush green forest to amazing views of the ocean, this will definitely be a highlight on your trip!


Garden Route Activities

This trip will have you spoilt for choice. The Garden Route is packed with a variety of adventurous activities – making sure you have a blast every step of the way! Ready to get your blood pumping?

Looking for the ultimate adrenaline rush? Well, then The Bloukrans Bungy is just the activity for you! It is officially one of the highest commercial bungee jump bridges in the world, at an astonishing 216 metres above the Bloukrans River – definitely not for the faint-hearted!

If bungee jumping seems a little too intense for you, then some Wilderness paragliding might be a better fit. What better way to get a birds-eye view of the beautiful coastline? You can also spot a few whales along the way as well! No experience needed, and you will be accompanied by a professional instructor. Get ready to be blown away, as long as the wind is not too strong!

For tree-lovers, ziplining via Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours is a great alternative to discover the beautiful wilderness of the Tsitsikamma forest. Here you can zipline from different platforms that are build in the trees at 30 metres above the forest floor. You will literally be sliding from tree to tree – a unique and exhilarating experience!

Want to explore more exciting activities the Garden Route has to offer? Feel free to have a look at our list below.

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