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

Listed by town/area where applicable (click to auto-scroll):
George :: Knysna :: Plettenberg Bay :: Stilbaai (Still Bay West) :: The Crags :: Tsitsikamma :: Vermaaklikheid :: Wilderness :: Witsand ::

I had to call three times for directions (each time cringing a little more deeply), but Jaynie finally got through to me with, “and if you don’t make it this time you forgo the bottle of red under your pillow”. Moments later I closed the door on the hubbub of Knysna. All around me wooden-slatted walkways divided a jungle of plants and fountains, pools, and ponds. Read more…

Rooms: 14, all en-suite. 2 Standard Double Rooms, 5 Superior Double or Twin Rooms, 3 Honeymoon Rooms (2 with full bathrooms), 5 Family Rooms/Suites. Self-catering options available.

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

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George

Malvern Manor

Malvern Manor

George

R800 - R1,100 pp sharing. Singles on request.

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Knysna

Bamboo, the Guest House

Bamboo, the Guest House

Knysna

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

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Guadeloupe Apartments

Guadeloupe Apartments

Knysna

R395 - R675 pp sharing.

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Homtini Guest Farm

Homtini Guest Farm

Knysna

R350 - R900 pp sharing. Hamper prices on enquiry and subject to local availability.

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Rexford Manor

Rexford Manor

Knysna

R650 - R975 pp sharing.

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Villa Afrikana Guest Suites

Villa Afrikana Guest Suites

Knysna

1,450 - R1,750 pp sharing. Singles 60%.

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Plettenberg Bay

Bitou River Lodge

Bitou River Lodge

Plettenberg Bay

R650 – R950 pp sharing. Singles 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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Fairview

Fairview

Plettenberg Bay

Fairview House R5,500 per night; Cottage R4,500 per night. Rented on an exclusive-use self-catering basis. Ask about B&B options and rates.

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Piesang Valley Lodge

Piesang Valley Lodge

Plettenberg Bay

R525 - R750 pp sharing.

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Tamodi Lodge and Stables

Tamodi Lodge and Stables

Plettenberg Bay

R1,195 - R1,795 pp sharing. Singles on request: supplement 50%. Whole lodge available by arrangement.

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Stilbaai (Still Bay West)

Riversong Farm

Riversong Farm

Stilbaai (Still Bay West)

Thames and Orange chalets: R1000 per chalet per night; Kingfisher: R4000. 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

Lily Pond Country Lodge

Lily Pond Country Lodge

The Crags

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

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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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That Place

That Place

The Crags

From R750 - R2,000 per night for the whole house.

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Tsitsikamma

The Fernery Lodge and Chalets

The Fernery Lodge and Chalets

Tsitsikamma

Chalets (sleep 4) R2,090 - R2,400 per family chalet; R3,760 - R4,320 per luxury apartment chalet; Premium Suites R1,290 - R1,470 pp; Garden Suites R840 - R1,020 pp; B&B Chalets R840 - R1,020 pp.

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Vermaaklikheid

Thorn and Feather

Thorn and Feather

Vermaaklikheid

R1,900 - R2,800 per night, depending on time of year.

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Wilderness

Moontide Guest Lodge

Moontide Guest Lodge

Wilderness

R580 - R1,020 p.p. per day.

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Serendipity

Serendipity

Wilderness

R680 - R860 pp sharing. Singles +50%.

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Wilderness Manor

Wilderness Manor

Wilderness

R550 – R1,000 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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Witsand

Waterkloof Guesthouse

Waterkloof Guesthouse

Witsand

R400 - R540 pp sharing B&B.

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