Embark upon South Africa’s most famous road trip: The Garden Route. Named for its lush landscapes, the trail snakes along the Cape, bordered by a toiling topaz ocean fringed with rugged beaches. On the other side, forested national parks and dramatic mountain passes lead to labyrinthine underground cave systems. Stop along the way to hike through native forests of towering yellowwood trees, cruise sparkling lagoons and take marine safaris where you’ll spot dolphins, migrating whales and sharks drawn by colonies of barking Cape fur seals.
Cape Town is the launching pad for Garden Route road trips and tours. From here, you’ll follow a winding ribbon of road east along the wave-worn coast, to the barren rock fields of Oudtshoorn in the Klein Karoo. Ostrich farms and game parks dot this semi-desert hinterland, shadowed by the cinnamon-coloured Swartberg Mountains. Here, you can wake early for meerkat encounters, explore the 20-million-year-old Cango Caves, and then spend the evening stargazing beneath smog-free skies.
Further east, the coastal town of Knysna awaits, its glittering lagoon opening to the Indian Ocean through the narrow, shipwrecking Knysna Heads. Gorge on oysters as you cruise this protected marine reserve. More watery adventures can be found in Plettenberg Bay, where eco-boat trips offer a glimpse of the Marine Big Five and you can trek through Robberg Nature Reserve, home to stone age archaeological sites, seagull breeding grounds and never-ending ocean views.
Talk to our South Africa travel gurus about plotting your perfect guided or self-drive Garden Route adventure, complete with luxe hotels, boat trips and nature tours.
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