Coast along SA's tranquil Garden Route for your next road trip. (Photo: iStock)
What better way to kick off the warmer seasons than with a road trip along SA's luscious Garden Route coastline?
Brimming with activities, this coastal route is sure to tickle and wet the palate of any nature and adventure lover with itchy feet.
Plan your next splashy and adventure-packed road trip with the itinerary suggestion below:
WHAT TO SEE
There's plenty to see along the scenic and lush Garden Route, but some must-see sights include:
KNYSNA HEADS - Head with your family in tow to see the gorgeous Knysna Heads situated in, well, Knysna. Take in breathtaking vistas as you look down in awe at the crashing waves that hug the dips formed between the cliff's ridges. When: Daylight hours | Where: Coney Glen Road, Knysna | Cost: Free
CANGO CAVES - Admire some incredible crystal rock formations or crawl your way through the tunnels on one of the many tours offered. This is sure to keep kids and adults feeling adventurous and like the next Ethan Hunt, Indiana Jones or Lara Croft. When: They are open daily and operate between 09:00 - 16:00 | Where: Oudtshoorn in the Cango Valley | Cost: Tour charges range between R75 for children, R180 adults. For more pricing information, click here.
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WHAT TO DO
Why not fuel your adrenaline over at one of the many adventures nestled in the Garden Route, like:
BUNGEE JUMPING - Swing by the world's highest commercial bungee bridge - Bloukrans Bungy. When: Monday to Sunday, 9:00 - 17:00, 365 days a Year | Where: Face Adrenalin, Bloukrans River Bridge, Tsitsikamma, Plettenberg Bay | Cost: R1 000 per person (adults only) book a slot here.
ZIP LINING - Unleash your wild side swinging from platform to platform and between giant Outeniqua Yellowwood trees on this adrenaline pumping adventure in Tsitsikamma. When: Daily, 08:00 - 16:00 | Where: 101 Darnell St, Storms River | Cost: R660 per person - book a slot here.
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WHAT TO TASTE
Wet your appetite at one of these eateries along your way:
RISTORANTE ENRICO - Take a bite of Italy over at this tasty stop. When: Tuesdays - Sundays, 12:00 - 22:00 | Where: 296 Main Street, Keurboomstrand - just outside of Plettenberg Bay| Cost: An average meal will cost around R90.
TAPAS AND OYSTERS - Indulge in a mouth-watering tapas menu so full of a range of delicious tit-bits allowing you to order a whole bunch of delicious things without having to commit to just one dish! When: Daily, 11:00 - 22:00 | Where: 31 Safron Lane, Thesen Island, Knysna | Cost: An average meal will cost around R80.
ZUCCHINI - Visit this quaint country restaurant and indulge in organic home grown greens that blanket gammon sandwiches or enjoy some or springbok frikkadelletjies. When: Daily, 09:00 - 17:00 | Where: N2, Timberlake Organic Village, Kleinkantz, Wilderness | Cost: An average meal will cost around R90
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WHERE TO SLEEP
For an overnight road tripper or those looking to chill it out a little longer in the Garden Route, be sure to try one of these accommodation spots:
LOVEMORE LODGES - Situated in Knysna, these lodges are all located within easy reach of pristine beaches and places of spectacular natural beauty – making them the ideal leisure getaways for nature-lovers, outdoor enthusiasts, families and friends. Where: Leisure Isle, Knysna | Cost: From R1 300 per night
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