Garden Route & Klein Karoo

About 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.


  • Oudtshoorn
  • Knysna
  • Plettenberg Bay


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


  • 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 its 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.

In The Know

    • 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

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