#LastMinute Festive Season: Enjoy the Garden Route with your loved ones

2017-11-19 22:35 - Gabi Zietsman
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Cape Town - It's never easy to get everyone in your troupe excited about the same holiday activities. Either it's old vs young, relaxation vs adventure or just a general clash of tastes that can spoil any holiday mood.

If you and your crew are heading to the Garden Route however for Ke Dezemba, then you need not fret! There's so many activities that will get everyon on-board - you might just have some trouble getting them back home!

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Run your Christmas weight away, make new animal friends at the various sanctuaries or pretend you can sing like Beyonce with Christmas carols.

Either way, you'll keep everyone entertained long enough before the long drive home starts.

Parkrun around Garden Route

Feeling like you're maybe relaxing a little too much? You can get a light jog going every Saturday with parkrun, a countrywide run programme where you can run 5km in scenic areas and race against your own clock. The best part is that it's all free! You just need to register beforehand.

They host runs in George's Botanical Gardens, the Kleingeluk farm near Hartenbos, George Rex Drive in Knysna and the Surval Boutique Olive Estate in Oudsthoorn. For those not keen on the running, the beautiful surrounding areas are enough of a distraction while you wait for the fitness junkies to get their fix.

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Get your wild on with these animal friends

Want to get a little wild? The Garden Route is home to a multitude of animals, especially birds, and many sanctuaries have made their homes in the forests. If you've always wanted to see a wolf there's the Tsitsikamma Wolf Sanctuary where rescued animals are rehabilitated and there's also the massive dome at Birds of Eden where our flying friends can roam around freely. Right next door is the cage-less Monkeyland, where you might be tempted to leave your own little monkeys.

Rather stay away from the lion petting offerings though.

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Carols by Candlelight

This is a widespread tradition in SA and you can tap into your inner choirboy with some Christmas classics. On 17 December you can take the hoard to Redberry Farm in George, and on 19 December Knysna's Woodmill Lane Shopping Centre where you can make a donation to Hospice and bring a present for a child in need of Christmas spirit.

Hopefully your loved ones can hold a tune somewhat.

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Redberry Farm

This quaint farm has more to offer than just Christmas Carols. It's a family-filled extravaganza with pony rides, bubble balls and paddle boats. You can also get lost in the Southern Hemisphere's largest hedge maze, which includes an underground tunnel, lookout point and seven strawberry stations that you have to find.

You can also put your farmer's hat on and get dirty with picking some berries. December is the perfect season for it, and you can pick strawberries, blackberries and raspberries.

SEE: 6 Farm stays perfect for families 

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Secret Beaches 

Nothing like crowded beaches to make everyone lose their chill. Why not take your squad to some of the Garden Route's secret beaches? Some may take a long walk and a lot complaining to get to, but once there you can relax in peace and quiet.

You can check out the castles at Noetzie beach near Knysna, the small hidden beaches of Herolds Bay and Victoria Bay, or take a steep climb down to Sparrebosch Beach on Pezula Golf Estate. We got even more on our list that will make your beach trips less stressful.

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