5 Garden Route adventures to add to your bucket list

2017-07-15 20:04
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Situated along the southern coast of South Africa, the Garden Route is a dream playground to anyone who loves the outdoors and has a passion for adventure. 

As one of the iconic South African destinations, this is a place you need to visit at least once in your life.

And if the thought of moving at a speed of 100 kilometres per hour into an open mine shaft doesn't freak you out or scare you, then this bucket list is made just for you. 

SEE: SA's Big 5 adventures for adrenaline junkies

To help you choose the best activities, here are Traveller24's top picks for setting an adventurous pace to your holiday escapes around the region. 

Kayak in Plettenberg Bay

Kayak with an experienced guide from Central Beach to Robberg Nature Reserve. This is an amazing experience and often you will kayak with dolphins right next to you and in whale season you will encounter these majestic mammals on your tour.

All equipment is provided and beginners are welcome. 

Contact: +27 (0)44 533 4897

Go Mountain Biking

Some of the best ways to explore forest are on two wheels and The Garden Route Trail Park gets top marks for quality trail-building. It lies in the heart of mountain biking kingdom in the Knysna forest.

Trails head through ancient forest, streams, shady glades and tree ferns in some of the densest parts of the Knysna forest.

And despite the recent fires, this year, The Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour celebrates its 30th year with new routes, rides and a new campaign called #RideForALocal.

Contact: +27 (0)82 802 8103

SEE: #RideForALocal: Knysna all set for upcoming Cycle Tour

Snorkeling in Mossel Bay

Mossel Bay offers great snorkeling with a number of pretty shallow reefs close to the beach and, for the serious stuff, you can head out in a boat from Mossel Bay Harbour, which is the biggest port on the Garden Route.

So whether you want to explore shallow offshore reefs or push your limits free diving, you can join an escorted snorkeling trip with qualified dive leaders.

Contact: +27 79 980 3981 

Blackwater Tubing in Tsitsikamma

The gorge expedition is the real deal and is a must for the fit and fun loving adventure seeker.

Once past the point of no return, you're into is the 'Narrow Gorge' and the only way out is 4-5 hrs later at the spectacular Storms River Mouth in the world famous Tsitsikamma National Park. 

Some sections are fast-flowing, adding to the adrenaline rush while the quiet sections give you time to contemplate the beauty of the Storms River gorge. 

Contact: +27 (0)42 281 1757

Touch the sky

If you're into paragliding or hang gliding, then the Garden Route has a real treat in store for you as the sky is the limit.

FlyTime Paragliding offers an extraordinary paragliding experience with spectacular views offer the Sedgefield coastline, Buffalo Bay and Wilderness.

All flights are weather dependent and Flytime staff will inform you the morning of your flight of the conditions. Sunset flights can be arranged on request.