Where to Stay - South Africa

Garden Route Travel Guide (Western Cape)

The Garden Route

Western Cape Attractions

The Garden Route runs between Oudtshoorn and Riversdale and Port Elizabeth along the N2 and is one of the most beautiful coastlines stretching for over 200 km. The Garden Route has a climate similar to the Mediterranean, with moderately hot summers, and mild to chilly winters. During the winter months humid sea-winds from the Indian Ocean bring rainfall although any time of the year is good for visiting the Garden Route area, whether you enjoy a peaceful retreat during the winter months, or a bustling holiday destination during the summer. 

The route is nestled between spectacular mountain ranges and the Indian Ocean and offers many attractions and activities.  Over the mountains lies the vast expanse of the Klein Karoo with small country towns scattered around.

The coastline of the Garden Route provides some of the best whale watching opportunities in the world and towns like Hermanus even have their own annual Whale Festival. There are too many beaches along the Garden Route to mention by name but you are guaranteed to find wonderful sandy beaches, safe rock pools and on duty life guards. The Garden Route is well catered for in terms of accommodation with a huge choice of guest houses, self catering accommodation, hotels and bed and breakfast venues.

A wide range of leisure options, spectacular scenery and a mild climate guarantee an unforgettable holiday experience when visiting the Garden Route in South Africa.

The Cango Caves offers an important geological feature and is a series of caverns and chambers naturally hewn out of limestone, situated outside the city of Oudtshoorn. The Cango Caves are among the top ten most visited attractions in South Africa.

For the adrenalin junkies out there; the Garden Route is the place to come with activities such as mountain climbing; abseiling and a breathtaking freefall on the world’s highest commercial bungy jump.

The Garden Route is a nature lovers paradise which offer leisurely walks through quiet forests; an abundance of birdlife and crystal clear waterfalls. Hikers follow the meandering trails, forests offer leisurely drives, and the lakes and rivers provide opportunities to swim, boat and fish.

Popular places to visit along the Garden Route