School Holiday Fun: Budget-friendly things to do in Garden Route

2017-09-10 08:16 - Unathi Nkanjeni
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Who said having a great time with the family meant breaking the bank? 

Having a good time with your family shouldn't cost a fortune. We've sourced some the best budget-friendly activities for family in and around the Garden Route, for under R500. Take a look. 

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Featherbed Nature Reserve, Knysna

The Featherbed Nature Reserve excursion offers you a little taste of everything and so is great for families with a boat cruise, tractor ride, short walk and great views.

Cost: R450 per adult (R105 for children 4-15) for the Eco Experience, excluding buffet lunch

Contact: +27 (0)44 382-1693/ bookings@featherbed.co.za

Don't Miss:Wild Oats Community market

Entrance to the market is free. But take R100 to buy nibbles or handmade goods. 


Birds of Eden, Plettenberg Bay

Birds of Eden is a giant aviary set in the forest and incorporates the indigenous forest and waterfalls by using elevated walkways. Go explore nature together.

Cost: R210 per adult and R105 per child. Children under the age of 3 are free.

Contact: 082 979 5683 / 044 534 8906/ www.birdsofeden.co.za

Radical Raptors
R120 for adults, R100 pensioners and students, R90 for kids 3-12 years (2 years and under are free) 

Ocean Blue Adventures, Plettenberg Bay

Ocean Blue Adventures offers close and personal awe-inspiring encounters with the fascinating majestic whales and dolphins in the bay ( from July to November with peak season being August to October).

Cost: R500 per adult and R250 – R400 per child

Contact: 044 533 5083 / 083 7013583 or www.oceanadventures.co.za

SEE: New Pass launched offering discounts to SA's popular Garden Route

Cango Cave Adventure, Little Karoo

The Cango Caves in the Little Karoo are some of the largest limestone caverns in the world and are still only partially explored.

Cost: R110 – R165 per adult and R65 – R100 per child for the different tours

Contact: 044 272 7410 / www.cango-caves.co.za

SEE: #KarooSecrets: A long-weekend in Oudtshoorn

Also check out Robberg Nature Reserve - Entrance R40 for adults, R20 for kids.


Tsitsikamma Storms River , Tsitsikamma National Park

The popular trail in the Tsitsikamma National Park has been completely rebuilt recently. Bounded by sheer cliffs, the Storm River's mouth is crossed by a dramatic suspension bridge across the river as well as two suspension bridges.