Garden Route

This area is world-famous due to some strong marketing to overseas tourists, but I don't think that all who pass through necessarily enjoy it to the full. This is mainly because the best it has to offer requires some effort from you. The Garden Route is a narrow strip of coastline, hemmed in and well watered by rain falling on the seaward side of a wall of mountains that runs parallel to the coast. (The Klein Karoo on the other side is a virtual desert.) The unusually high rainfall (for South Africa) allows for deep forests and lush vegetation (thus the "Garden Route") and there are many permanent rivers.

Its real treasures are only accessible by foot, whether you walk into the forests for bird-watching, secluded picnics and fresh-water swimming; or along the ravishing coastline with its gorges, cliffs, lagoons and the first bit of warm-enough sea-water to swim in as you go east from Cape Town. Boat trips and birding, kayaking and canyoning, it's all on offer. Don't miss one of the dolphin or whale trips and set aside time for beach walks and braais.

The only logical, and therefore best, route to take if coming from Cape Town (which almost everyone will be) is to skip along the N2 from west to east, stopping off wherever you fancy until you reach the magnificent Tsitsikamma Forest at Storms River. From here you can hop north over the mountains and return to Cape Town via the Klein Karoo, making for a perfect round trip of about a week to 10 days that takes in several very contrasting regions.

Garden Route Accommodation

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George :: Knysna :: nr Wilderness :: Plettenberg Bay :: Riversdale :: Riversdale/Stil Bay :: Stilbaai (Still Bay West) :: The Crags :: Tsitsikamma :: Wilderness :: Witsand ::

George

The Garden Villa

The Garden Villa

George

R600 - R950 pp sharing. Single +50%.

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Malvern Manor

Malvern Manor

George

R700 - R1,000 pp sharing. Singles on request.

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Knysna

Narnia Guest House

Narnia Guest House

Knysna

B&B: R600 - R850. Self-catering: R100 less pp sharing. Children under 12 half price.

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Villa Afrikana Guest Suites

Villa Afrikana Guest Suites

Knysna

R1,000 - R1,350 pp sharing. Singles +60%.

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Bamboo, the Guest House

Bamboo, the Guest House

Knysna

R350 - R600 pp sharing. Single and family rates available.

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191 Nirvana

191 Nirvana

Knysna

R350 – R500 pp sharing (minimum rate R1,500 - R1,800 per unit)

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nr Wilderness

Oakhurst Farm Cottages

Oakhurst Farm Cottages

nr Wilderness

R225 - R560 pp sharing (minimum R900 per unit).

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Plettenberg Bay

Christiana Lodge

Christiana Lodge

Plettenberg Bay

R850 – R1200 pp sharing B&B. Singles +50%. Self-catered rates on request.

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Cornerway House

Cornerway House

Plettenberg Bay

R440 - R850. Singles +50% except high season. All rates include breakfast except for the self-catering unit option.

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Piesang Valley Lodge

Piesang Valley Lodge

Plettenberg Bay

R525 - R750 pp sharing.

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Bayside Lodge

Bayside Lodge

Plettenberg Bay

R570 pp sharing - R715 pp sharing. Singles R825 - R860.

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Bitou River Lodge

Bitou River Lodge

Plettenberg Bay

R600 – R900 pp sharing. Singles on request.

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Tamodi Lodge and Stables

Tamodi Lodge and Stables

Plettenberg Bay

R895 - R1,395 pp sharing. Singles on request: supplement 50%. Whole lodge available by arrangement.

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Riversdale

De Doornkraal Boutique Hotel

De Doornkraal Boutique Hotel

Riversdale

R700 – R837.50 pp sharing. Cottages R822.50 – R985 pp sharing. Singles on request.

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Riversdale/Stil Bay

A Farm Story Country House

A Farm Story Country House

Riversdale/Stil Bay

Family room: R1,300 for two guests, R350 per extra person (sleeps 4 – interlinking rooms); twin/king room: R650pp sharing.

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Stilbaai (Still Bay West)

Riversong Farm

Riversong Farm

Stilbaai (Still Bay West)

Thames and Orange chalets: R900 per chalet per night; Kingfisher: R3,600. Prices may vary depending on number of people. Discount offered for booking whole farm for a week or more.

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The Crags

Redford House

Redford House

The Crags

Noble House: R800 - R900 pp sharing; Carriage House: R500 pp sharing; Mrs Tiggywinkle's Cottage R800 for the whole cottage. Single supplement R50.

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Lily Pond Country Lodge

Lily Pond Country Lodge

The Crags

R720 - R1,590 pp sharing (single supplement 50%).

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Tsitsikamma

The Fernery Lodge and Chalets

The Fernery Lodge and Chalets

Tsitsikamma

S-C chalets (sleep 4) R2,090 - R2,400 per family chalet; R3,760 - R4,320 per luxury twin chalet; Premium Suites R1,290 - R1,470 pp; Garden Suites R840 - R1,020 pp; B&B Chalets R840 - R1,020 pp. No single supplement.

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Wilderness

Wilderness Manor

Wilderness Manor

Wilderness

R550 – R1000 per person sharing per night. Singles +50% during the year except for peak period (10 Dec – 10 Jan) when the single rate is +100%.

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Serendipity

Serendipity

Wilderness

R680 - R860 pp sharing. Singles +50%.

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Phoenix Guest House

Phoenix Guest House

Wilderness

Rates are per ROOM, not per person. White Room: R3,200 (low season) - R3,600 (high season); Red Room: R2,900 (low season) - R3,300 (high season); Green Room: R2,500 (low season) - R2,900 (high season).

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Moontide Guest Lodge

Moontide Guest Lodge

Wilderness

R550 - R990 pp sharing. Single +60%.

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Witsand

Waterkloof Guesthouse

Waterkloof Guesthouse

Witsand

R400 - R520 pp sharing.

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