Garden Route & Klein Karoo

Garden Route & Klein Karoo

A 200km kilometre stretch of coastline from Mossel Bay in the west to Tsitsikamma in the east, the famed Garden Route is a highlight on most visitors’ itineraries. Two vastly different geographical areas running parallel together, contrasting yet complimenting.

The lush, green Garden Route hugs the coastline on its southerly length, its tropical vegetation and brilliantly coloured fauna and flora are offset sharply by the semi desert, ostrich farming Klein Karoo and the vast, copper coloured plains of the Central Karoo on the northerly length.

The Garden Route is a bewitching world of indigenous forests, sea villages, freshwater lakes, picturesque settlements, golden beaches and mystical mountains. Tourists flock here to bask on the beach in the summer months, watch the ever increasing numbers of migrating whales in the winter months, play golf, sail sleek yachts and indulge in fine food and wine.

Towns worth mentioning are Oudtshoorn, Wilderness, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, use these as a base to explore the many attractions in and around the area. From the unique interaction with Meerkat’s at sunrise to tasting the famous Knysna Oysters at sunset.

A self drive holiday is the best way to experience the wonders of the Garden Route.

Wildlife: Game farms and sanctuaries rather than free roaming wild animals – Monkeyland, Birds of Eden, The Elephant Sanctuary, ostrich farms around Oudtshoorn.

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  • Oudtshoorn
  • Knysna
  • Plettenberg Bay


  • Summer (November to February): Long sunny days make for perfect beach conditions on The Garden Route. Evenings are lovely and warm as well and ideal for enjoy dinners outside. A fantastic time of year for golfers.
  • Autumn (March to May): Days stay nice and warm although mornings and evenings are noticeably cooler. An excellent time for being out and about enjoying the many walking trails and canoeing trips on offer in the area.
  • Winter (June to July): The winter months can see warm days, however, it tends to be cool and breezy with rains setting in now and again. A few attractions and restaurants close at this time of year so plan your trip with care.
  • Autumn (August to October): The Garden Route really comes into it’s own with lovely balmy days and lower visitor numbers meaning the many attractions can be enjoyed without the crowds of summer. Another great time of year to enjoy the golf courses of the region.
  • Drive some of the spectacular mountain passes
  • Don’t rush the Garden Route – you need four or five days at least to explore this beautiful region
  • Get up early on Saturday morning and head to Sedgefield’s farmers market for some fabulous local produce

Belvidere Manor Hotel

Situated in the Garden Route's treasure trove of pristine beaches, lush indigenous forests and tranquil estuaries, this manor estate on the west shore of Knysna Lagoon is one of  South Africa's most romantic and most relaxed getaways.Guests are accommodated in 28 individual cottages situated in 10 hectares of gardens. Offering single o...
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Blackwaters River Lodge

Only 10 minutes from Knysna and 15 minutes from the Buffels Bay beach, this four star lodge is tucked away in a beautiful valley surrounded by indigenous forest and is conveniently located for exploring the major attractions in the area such as whale and dolphin watching.The lodge is owner managed and  has seventeen beautiful, individuall...
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Buffelsdrift Game Lodge

Located just off the world famous Route 62, Buffelsdrift Game Lodge offers a malaria free safari experience in the heart of the Klein Karoo. With the Swartberg mountains as backdrop and a magnificent waterhole at your doorstep, guests staying at the lodge have the opportunity to view  a wide array of wildlife including Elephants, Rhino, Cape B...
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Conrad Pezula

An award-laden hotel and spa, this five-star luxury property is located on the eastern side of Knysna with magnificent views along the coastline to the Indian Ocean.Offering the best of all worlds; fantastic nature trails, gourmet food and superb wines, possibly the best and largest spa in South Africa and a host of sporting opportunities from an 1...
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De Denne Country Guest House

This four-star country guest house is situated on a working ostrich farm with the most beautiful views of the Swartberg mountain range and is perfect for those looking for some peace and quiet. The guest house is decorated with old furniture and antiques and comprises of fourteen individually decorated suites consisting of four ...
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Fancourt Hotel

Located at the foot of the Outeniqua Mountains and one of the foremost golfing destinations in the southern hemisphere, accommodation is split between the Fancourt Hotel and the Manor House.The former has a selection of rooms and suites, scattered throughout the beautiful grounds whilst the latter is a traditional colonial manor house which has bee...
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Gondwana Private Game Reserve

Gondwana is a unique private game reserve – it is the only fynbos reserve in the world that is also home to the Big Five, as well as endangered species such as the black harrier and the Cape mountain zebra. Set on 11,000 hectares of rolling hills, with endless mountain views this is the perfect place for nature enthusiasts and families alike ...
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Hog Hollow Country Lodge

A true holiday retreat, set in a private nature reserve between the Tsitsikamma Mountains and the Indian Ocean.There is never a dull moment as the lodge can organise a plethora of pastimes including skydiving, snorkelling, fly-fishing, river trips, forest walks, golf and whale-watching. The daring can even try the highest bungee jump in the world. ...
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Knysna Hollow Country House

Knysna Hollow Country House offers an oasis of calm in the Garden Route. Set amongst the beautiful gardens of the estate, and just a few minutes from the Knysna lagoon and town centre, it's the perfect pit stop along the Garden Route or destination for those wanting to sit back and relax. 
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Kurland Hotel

With a prime location on a 700 hectare private estate just outside Plettenberg Bay, Kurland is a perfect spot for those looking for a stylish place to stay with plenty of activities on offer.Just 12 rooms make up the property so you will be assured of attentive, personal service and a wonderfully relaxing place to stay. There is a great choice of d...
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Laird's Lodge

Situated on 24-acres of land within South Africa’s Garden Route, the location of Laird's Lodge simply couldn’t be any better, providing views of the distant mountains as well as proximity to unspoiled beaches, golf courses and more. Offering guests an authentic country-living experience, you can laze on one of the verandas in the af...
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Oyster Bay Lodge

A luxury boutique beach property set amongst 235 hectares of unspoilt landscape with dunes, woods, wetlands, deltas and lagoon.Accommodation is in a choice of large and comfortable guest rooms or Cape Dutch style chalets, with the property a great base for enjoying either a multitude of activities – mountain-biking, horse-riding, fishing or h...
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Plettenberg Park Hotel & Spa

Perched high dramatically on a cliff top surrounded by a private nature reserve, this hotel offers dramatic views and true luxury.Each of the ten large and luxurious rooms and suites has its own private balcony so guests can drink in the views. There are a multitude of activities on offer from whale-watching & birding, to snorkelling & scub...
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Rosenhof Country House

Named after its exquisite rose garden, this lovingly-restored farmhouse provides old-style elegance with modern comfort.Relax in style amid its antique furnishings, rugs and paintings in welcoming comfortable lounges, or even in the lodge’s own pub. There are just 12 spacious rooms and 2 executive suites, which have their own private pools, a...
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St James of Knysna

An elegant and exclusive, privately-owned and run country house hotel set in its own magnificent three acre-garden on the shores of Knysna Lagoon.All of its 15 rooms and suites are charming and super comfortable with glorious views across the lagoon to the Knysna Heads. Food is a very important part of a sojourn here with delicious country breakfas...
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The Country House

A delightful family-owned retreat which is also a Relais & Chateaux member due to its superb wine cellar and great food.Previously a winner of South Africa’s best hotel, the estate’s suites and cottages are all individually-designed and decorated and provide every comfort possible. Ideal for families as there is a special children-o...
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The Plettenberg Hotel

On a rocky headland with magnificent views of the bay, this five-star luxury Relais & Chateaux hotel offers some of the finest accommodation and hospitality along the coast.Accommodation is in a choice of rooms, suites and private villas with the area a nature lover’s dream with its forests and beaches and delicate eco-system of wetlands ...
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The Robberg

A luxury villa complex located on the great sweep that is Robberg Beach, but which is also just minutes from the centre of town with all its cafes, bars, galleries and shops.Guests can choose from Beachy Head Villa with its spectacular rooms and views, Cordovan Villa with just five shady courtyard suites, the charming Cottage Pie with its tran...
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The Robertson Small Hotel

The Robertson Small Hotel has taken boutique luxury to another level. Situated along the longest wine route in the world, Route 62, and with just 10 rooms, The Robertson Small prides itself on its tranquil picturesque sceneries from the property's simple yet contemporary architecture.
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The Turbine Boutique Hotel & Spa

An old power station transformed into a five-star luxury hotel on Knysna’s Thesen Island is a salute to industrial architecture as all the old machinery has been incorporated into the design.Surrounded by water on three sides, the hotel is filled with light and space throughout its 23 suites and its honeymoon suite. Also on offer is the self-...
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Tsala Treetop Lodge

Exactly as it says, this is home to ten amazing suites and six extraordinary two-bedroom villas, all built into and hidden among the treetops of Tsitsikamma.It is an architectural gem; a fusion of stone, wood, glass and water and decorated in an Afro-baroque style. Each suite and villa has its own private deck and plunge pool and allows guests the ...
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Secret South Africa

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From catching a glimpse of the big five on safari to relaxing in a boutique hideaway, before ending it in the big city of Cape Town, this luxury holiday leaves nothing behind and will create memories to last a life time. And one of the things which South Africa does best is the smaller, more persona...
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Highlights of South Africa

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When planning a holiday to South Africa, known as ‘a world in one country’, it can sometimes be difficult to choose where to start. This 15-night itinerary provides you with a snapshot of what this amazing country has to offer. Starting with an exciting safari in the Kruger National Park...
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A superb value self-drive trip visiting some of South Africa’s major highlights, beating the credit crunch and offering the high life for a low price.Brief Overview: 2 nights Cape Town 2 nights Franschhoek 2 nights Oudsthoorn 2 nights Plettenberg Bay 2 nights Amakhala Game Reserve 2 overn...
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Belvidere Manor Hotel Explore Knysna from this elegant country hotel
Conrad Pezula Hotel & Resort Discover Knysna in luxurious style
Fancourt Hotel A golfers dream at Fancourt
Gondwana Private Game Reserve Explore the wildlife at Gondwana
Hog Hollow Country Lodge Explore the indigenous forests of the Garden Route
Kurland Hotel Are you up for a game of polo?
Oyster Bay Lodge Head out to the beach and discover Oyster Bay
The Plettenberg Hotel Journey to the adventure rich Garden Route
The Robberg Beach Lodge Discover Plettenberg Bay's beaches
The Robertson Small Hotel Visit Reuben's at The Robertson Small Hotel
The Turbine Boutique Hotel & Spa Nestled on the Knysna lagoon
Tsala Treetop Lodge Nestled in the forests of the Garden Route
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