Garden Route
Garden Route
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David W
Exeter, UK25 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
This was supposed to be the highlight of our trip to the Western Cape, everyone we spoke to suggested it was a must do.

We made the trip from Cape Town to Tsitsikamma National Park by car.
Traditionally the route doesn't start until you reach Mossel Bay.

The road taking you to Mossel Bay is the N2, which is basically a main road. It was nothing special and quite boring to be honest, and adhering to the road rules we arrived underwhelmed and exhausted after around five hours, in which we took no pictures at all.
Mossel Bay was a disappointment and we left the following morning.
After George and Wilderness, we headed on to Plettenberg Bay.
Wilderness and Plettenberg have great beaches, but other than that, well nothing really.
Then we arrived at Tsitsikamma National Park, and what a rip off that was. It was expensive to get into, and unless you buy a camping and multi three day pass, all you can do is walk a half hour pathway through what is a woodland to a bridge over what is effectively the mouth of a river.

I can only say that when we arrived in Mossel Bay we discussed and considered turning back to Cape Town, and we should have done so.
We planned to spend 8 days on the garden route, we were effectively done after 3 days.
We cut our losses and headed back towards Cape Town, stopping for the night Knysna and finally Hermanus.
Kynsna was a pleasant place, but we only found a half days worth to do there.
Hermanus was very nice and well worth a visit.

All in all we spent a total of 5 days on the garden route, 2 of which were consumed by driving.

We spoke to several South Africans in Hermanus and back in Cape Town, none of them were complimentary about the garden route and didnt understand what the hype was all about.

My advice to anyone considering going, ask some South Africans first and fully research it before going, you may end up saving yourself loads of time and money.
Written 7 May 2024
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Celeste V
Centurion, South Africa25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
I would move to be close the Garden Route if I could. It is so beautiful there and there is so much to do. I did a 10 day trip and I would go back tomorrow. I love this part of South Africa as it is full of nature and you can just extrovert at every stop you go.

I would highly recommend doing the Garden Route. Lots of outdoor adventures, lovely views, great accommodation and restaurants. The people are extremely friendly and you feel right at home there.
Written 6 April 2024
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Maps17415681002
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
The best of both experience
Little bit karaoo and coast fantastic for all occasions.
The coast line is a wonderful experience.
Written 11 March 2024
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Pioneer68361938086
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
The place was Beautiful and I loved everything about it , the Game drives, accommodation but mostly i enjoyed their seafood .
Written 6 March 2024
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Leav
Singapore, Singapore11 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Overrated. Nothing much to see in my opinion .

If you do drive on the garden route, the last stop, Tsuskikamma was ok, or the best on the route

If you have limited time , I would skip this.

Rather spend the time in cape town, or kruger, or another country
Written 3 August 2023
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BOFA BOY
Bridge of Allan, UK1 369 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
We drove the garden route recently, travelling to Hermanus, Knysna Sedgefield and Mossel Bay. The route is spectacular in parts and the roads are excellent. The same cannot be said of some of the South African driving!
Written 25 October 2022
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Christopher K
20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
Have to do Robberg, Shark dive, Knysna, Plettenberg Bay and Wilderness.. do NOT waste your time and go all the way to Port Elizabeth. Jeffrey’s was overrated too but we went when the waves were meh (May). Obvi check the wave report but not impressed. Port Elizabeth is dangerous and not exciting. Don’t listen to the internet, Storms River is the official END of the Garden Route, not Port Elizabeth.
Written 20 May 2022
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nikita kohli
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Cape Convoy (Convoy Tours): Mr. Robert Salmon

4 days in Cape Town and 6 days dedicated to the Garden Route tour is what I had planned in the month of May, which turned out to be the perfect decision in terms of covering all the topmost attractions. I booked a private affordable tour through Cape Convoy (Convoy Tours). The owner, Robert Salmon, who was also our tour guide for the Garden Route, left no stone unturned to make this trip a memorable one. I would like to mention that, the real fun in coming close to nature and the wild animals are definitely not in any zoo or private safaris. I personally do not derive any pleasure from watching animals in captivity. Garden Route in South Africa is one such tour where you can experience wildlife in its natural habitat, and indulge in adventure sports as well.
The topmost attractions covered on the Garden Route were:-
- Hermanus: Shark cage diving
- Plettenberg Bay: Monkey Land and Skydive
-Tenikwa wildlife and rehabilitation Centre
-Ostrich Farm
-Cango Caves
-Cango Wildlife Ranch
- Robberg Nature Reserve
Written 21 July 2021
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Dr M Jina P
Pretoria, South Africa97 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
This year 2019 ,my family decided on the garden route road trip from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town. We flew in to PE airport (small and quaint-almost forgotten by time)
We checked in to the Radisson Blu in Summerstrand,PE
A lovely hotel ,with comfortable rooms and great views.Water restrictions apply here,teaching everyone to be more waterwise. Rooms were very modern and had all the amenities.

Our next stop was Kwantu game reserve.
The drive is beautiful,the area is in much need of rain.
Kwantu welcome by Tendai was amazing. The Elephant Ridge rooms,placed alongside the big cat sanctuary,made you truly feel like you were sleeping with the lions.
At Kwantu ,all meals were provided,including high tea . All mini bar snacks and drinks were free.
The game drives with very pleasant rangers,was excellent and informative.
We saw lion,elephant,all types of buck,zebra,giraffe and rhino.
Rooms were spacious but need some attention to drains. There were no safes and no plug points next to the beds.

Pezula in Knysna
A true gem. The rooms are definitely 5 star,well kept and maintained. Decor is classic ,with fireplace. Breakfast is excellent,with a great view over Knysna.Pezula is on the top of the hill (great views and breathtaking sunsets)but a bit of a drive from the waterfront and Thesen Island.
In room dining food was not too great.

We passed through Hartenbos,Mossel bay and Swellendham . All gorgeous towns . Hartenbos was extremely busy,and traffic between it and Mosselbay was at a standstill.

The Wilderness ,in fact most of the drive is rich in stunning scenery and views. There are many opportunities to take “postcard” worthy pics.

Fancourt in George was our next stay.
The rooms are comfortable but a bit of an anti climax after Pezula. The resort was very busy due to the festive season. Lots of activities for little kids through to teens.

Arabella in Hermanus is our current stay.
Having had coffee a few years ago on a passing drive,I had always wished to return and stay over. Greatly disappointed. The reception is very beautiful. The rooms are very very dated in color and furniture. Housekeeping does not clean too well(no vacuum)bathroom just wiped.
maybe its too busy over the festive holidays.
The shower has no place to put your shampoos etc.
The spa is a must.
The pool area outdoors reminds me a but of the lost city at suncity with the rock feature. Breakfast has everything you could possibly want to eat,including a halaal section.
Croissants tasted a little stale.

Will post reviews of our next stay-Cape Town.
Written 29 December 2019
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Maria V
South Africa271 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
I've written a review a while back about the beautiful garden route but would like to mention a hidden gem along the way for tourists. Botlierskop! If you haven't got time to go north to the Kruger National Park and you'd like to experience a beautiful, compact, luxury safari experience in the Cape, make a point of stopping by at the small game farm, Botlierskop (between Mossel Bay and George) for an informative game drive to see the Big Five (except leopard), various buck and antelopes, giraffe, rhinos, lions, elephants and the rare black impalas. This exceptionally well run establishment offers, top class food at their restaurants, infinity pools, indoor and outdoor fires, luxury comfortable accommodation, a spa, horseback riding, safari game drives, etc. A night or two is totally worth it!
Written 20 August 2019
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