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The Garden Route

The Garden Route is a popular and scenic stretch of the south-eastern coast of South Africa. The name comes from the verdant and ecologically diverse vegetation encountered here and the numerous lagoons and lakes dotted along the coast. It includes towns such as Mossel Bay, Knysna, Oudtshoorn, Plettenberg Bay and Nature's Valley; with George, the Garden Route's largest city and main administrative centre.

The Garden Route Highlights

The Garden Route is diverse and has something for everyone. Guests can visit one of the luxury Game Reserves or explore the area which includes attractions like The Cango Caves; this fortress of corridors and dripstone formations is the result of a geological flaw in the Swartberg Mountains, formed by the merging of hundreds of thousands of years of time, water and natural chemistry. Monkeyland is a sanctuary set up in an untouched natural forest, home to chimpanzees and ape species from all over the world

The Elephant Sanctuary provides a safe haven for elephants and offers a unique platform for guest education and interaction. The Elephant Sanctuary is a family orientated operation catering for both young and old and the emphasis is on education through interaction. The Garden Route offers visitors remarkable natural beauty and is considered one of the most beautiful regions in South Africa. It offers a mixture of history and culture and is easily accessible from anywhere in South Africa.

Sun Safaris Says

  • It includes towns such as Mossel Bay, Knysna, Oudtshoorn, Plettenberg Bay and Nature's Valley; with George being the Garden Route's largest city and main administrative centre.
  • It has the mildest climate in South Africa and the second mildest climate in the world, after Hawaii.
  • Outeniqua and Tstisikamma Mountains just inland of the coast, offering numerous hiking trails and eco-activities.

Safari Lodges within The Garden Route

Tsala Treetop Lodge

Tsala Treetop Lodge offers a peaceful location in an indigenous forest in the heart of the world famous Garden Route in the Eastern Cape. Guests can enjoy privacy and exclusivity in this 5-star lodge combined with luxurious accommodation and breathtaking.

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Pezula Resort Hotel and Spa

Pezula Resort offers a peaceful hide away in Knysna on South Africa's magnificent Garden Route surrounded by the golf course, bordered by Eastern head of Knysna and the Sinclair Nature Reserve and offers sweeping views of the Indian Ocean and Knysna lagoon.

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Hunters Country House

Situated in beautiful gardens in the heart of the Garden Route in the Eastern Cape, Hunter’s Country House is known for their outstanding service, gourmet cuisine and warm hospitality.

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Oceana Beach Reserve

Oceana Beach & Wildlife Reserve offers one of the most spectacular locations on the planet; guests have easy access from Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape and promised privacy and exclusivity in a private sanctuary consisting of beautiful beaches, magnificent views and five star luxury.

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Idwala Game Lodge

Idwala means ‘rock’ in the Zulu language; guests can enjoy an intimate and personal safari experience with only 8 guests at the lodge at a time. Accommodation is luxurious in 4 chalets with en-suites, air-conditioning and private verandas.

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Leisure Isle Boutique Lodge

Leisure Isle Boutique Lodge offers luxury and elegance with a magnificent location promising spectacular views over Knysna. Guests can enjoy luxurious accommodation, fine cuisine and impeccable service. The lodge offers the ideal location for guests wanting to explore Knysna.

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Tranquility Lodge

Tranquility Lodge is situated in Natures Valley, which forms part of the Tsitsikamma National Park in the Garden Route in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. The lodge is surrounded by beautiful beaches with the ocean only 50m away.

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Phantom Forest

The Phantom Forest Eco Reserve offers a tranquil retreat situated along the beautiful Garden Route; guests can enjoy 137 hectares of nature reserve on the Knysna River with over 150 bird species, bush pig, bushbuck, grysbok, and the rare blue duiker.

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Kwantu Private Game Reserve

Kwantu Private Game Reserve offers a fusion of nature and history combined with luxurious accommodation and spectacular views. Situated in the heart a malaria free Eastern Cape on the Legendary Sidbury Plains, the lodge offers a superb Big 5 African safari experience.

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Garden Route Game Lodge

The Garden Route Game Lodge is situated along the N2, after the small town of Albertinia with the beautiful Langeberg mountain Range in the background. The Garden Route Game Lodge is situated in a malaria-free area only 3½ hours drive from Cape Town.

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Views Boutique Hotel and Spa

The Views Boutique Hotel & Spa is situated in the heart of the Garden Route and guests can enjoy the warm Indian Ocean on its doorstep, spectacular views and luxurious accommodation and facilities.

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Bushman Sands Hotel

The Bushman Sands Hotel offers 4-star luxury and charm in the heart of the Eastern Cape; a fusion of rich heritage and modern amenities. The hotel offers 39 bedrooms overlooking the Bushman Sands Golf Course.

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The Rex Hotel

The Rex Hotel has been rated as one of Knysna’s most luxurious and sophisticated accommodation choices offering impeccable service and exceptional comfort. Guests will be able to explore the world famous Garden Route and the Knysna lagoon.

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The Bush Lodge

Guests at The Bush Lodge can enjoy the spectacular Amakhala Game Reserve with its Big 5 sightings and numerous other species. The lodge offers easy access from Port Elizabeth only 45 minutes way.

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The Windermere

The Windermere offers luxurious accommodation and a superb location in Port Elizabeth only a short walk away from the beach, Macarthur’s pools and some top beachfront restaurants and the Boardwalk complex.

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Singa Lodge

Singa Lodge offers a beautiful location with spectacular views in the trendy suburb of Summerstrand close to Port Elizabeth's blue-flag beaches. The lodge offers a peaceful setting in a lush garden and guests can enjoy fine dining, a relaxing spa and luxurious accommodation.

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Kurland Hotel

5-star Kurland Hotel, a proud member of the Relais & Châteaux Association, located near the picturesque beach resorts of Plettenberg Bay and Nature’s Valley, in the heart of the Garden Route, South Africa.

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Mossel Bay on Grotto

Mossel Bay on Grotto Beach is a luxurious 5 Star guest house with spectacular views of the majestic Mosselberg mountains and the Blue Flag Grotto Beach in Hermanus. From June to November you can see the Southern Right whales from your bedroom.

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Lake Pleasant Living

Lake Pleasant Living is situated on the edge of Groenvlei freshwater lake in the Garden Route, offering guests superior accommodation. Accommodation at Lake Pleasant Living includes villas and suites with beautiful views of the lake.

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Botlierskop Private Game Reserve

Botlierskop Private Game Reserve offers a spectacular location in the midst of the beautiful Outeniqua Mountains and pristine beaches of the Indian Ocean offering guests a unique safari and wildlife experience.

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Hilltop Country Lodge

Hilltop Country Lodge offers a spectacular location in a Nature Reserve situated between Victoria Bay and Wilderness in the heart of the Garden Route in the Eastern Cape in South Africa.

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Hog Hollow Country Lodge

Hog Hollow Country Lodge offers a peaceful location along the Garden Route in South Africa. Guests can enjoy privacy and exclusivity in luxurious suites with private viewing decks offering breathtaking views over the valleys and mountains.

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Kanonkop House

Kanonkop House commands a breath-taking view of the Knysna Lagoon stretching all the way to the famous Knysna Heads introducing the Indian Ocean, and is surrounded by indigenous forest complete with singing birds, bushbuck and other regular visitors.

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Farm 215 Nature Retreat

Farm 215 nature retreat is a sustainable destination in the Uilkraal Valley between Stanford and Cape Agulhas in the Western Cape's unspoiled Southern Overberg. Farm 215 has been set up and is managed as a sustainable operation and is certified by Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa.

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The Turbine Boutique Hotel

The Turbine Hotel and Spa is a boutique 5 star Hotel in Knysna, which offers guests a unique luxurious experience. Situated on Thesen Island, which is considered one of the most the prestigious locations on the Garden Route

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The Robberg Collection

The luxurious Robberg Collection is located in the Garden Route, popular for its lush greenery. It offers four unique and luxurious villas which includes Beachy Head Villa, Robberg House, Cottage Pie and Cordovan Villa.

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Bosavern Guest House

Bosavern Guest House is a stylish 4 Star graded guest house set on a cliff, offering spectacular views of the ocean, Robberg Beach, and Robberg Nature Reserve, and the green expanse of Plett Country Club.

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Selkirk House

Nestling against the Hermanus Mountain with panoramic views over Walker Bay; this bright, contemporary guesthouse is located only an hour and twenty minutes from Cape Town, yet takes visitors right into the heart of the Overberg.

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The Garden Route Game Viewing and Activities

The game viewing at the game reserves along The Garden Route is spectacular. The area is home to the big five as well as an abundance of general game. The game reserves are exclusive and offer guests a unique safari experience.

The area is malaria-free which makes it ideal for families with young children. The area offers prime African bushland and includes some of the World's Leading Game Reserves.

Guests can expect to see lion, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, black and white rhinoceros, hippopotamus, kudu, springbok, bushbuck, grey duiker, black wildebeest, gemsbok and zebra. If guests are lucky they might spot cheetah, brown hyena, the elusive leopard as well as wild dog. Most reserves include early morning and late afternoon game drives as well as guided bush walks. All game activities are accompanied by experienced and knowledgeable

Top Destinations

Pezula Resort Hotel and Spa is surrounded by the golf course, bordered by Eastern head of Knysna and the Sinclair Nature Reserve and offers premier accommodation with spectacular views of the Indian Ocean and Knysna lagoon.

Bushman Sands Hotel is a unique resort situated in the heart of the Bushman's River Canyon in Alicedale in the Eastern Cape. Surrounded by valley bushveld, the town exhibits a rich multi-cultural heritage, from ancient Bushman paintings to the Victorian Karoo flavour of a century ago.

Kwantu Private Game Reserve offers a fusion of nature and history where guests can relax and unwind in this spectacular malaria-free region situated along the legendary Garden Route. Kwantu offers luxurious five star accommodation, culinary cuisine, as well as, the opportunity to experience Africa's Big Five.

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