Coast along SA's tranquil Garden Route for your next road trip

2018-09-26 20:00 - Saara Mowlana
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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:

GARDEN ROUTE

WHAT TO SEE

There's plenty to see along the scenic and lush Garden Route, but some must-see sights include:

  • MAP OF AFRICA - Take in a hike in the small village of Wilderness to see this iconic viewpoint. When: Daylight hours | Where: It is situated approximately 15km from George, driving on the N2 highway towards Knysna | Cost: Free

  • 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

CHECK OUT: Adventure Time: Riding the Wild Corridor of the Garden Route 

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.

  • ABSEILING - Plunge over the massive cliffs of the Robberg Nature Reserve edge (the highest in the Garden Route) for spectacular views of the wild ocean on an adrenaline-filled Abseiling Adventure. When: Book a slot and contact them for information on times here | Where: Robberg Nature Reserve | Cost: R690 per person - book your adventure 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

SEE: Top things to do on the Garden Route this Heritage Day weekend 

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:

  • POINT VILLAGE HOTEL - Nestled at the side of a quaint village at The Point in the popular tourist den of Mossel Bay - which hugs the sandy shores of the Indian Ocean - you might spot some schools of dolphins from your window! Where: Mossel Bay | Cost: From R500 per night.

  • 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

  • FRENCH LODGE INTERNATIONAL - Enjoy superb hospitality with the easy ambience of African style and comfort at this small and exclusive hotel. Where: George | Cost: From R799 per night.

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