The Garden Route is possibly one of the most adventure-filled, picturesque and family-friendly spots in South Africa.
From the annual school tours of Oudtshoorn, music fest busyness of Hartenbos and Plett Rage, through to the spectacular natural wonders of the Tsitsikamma forest - there are must-see attractions aplenty for both the local or international tourist to check out.
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And since the area is expansive, finding the ideal base camp or two is the optimal way to make the most of a week-long escape, during off- or peak season. Overcast or not, it's almost always a good day in the Garden Route.
Located only 3km from the famous Plettenberg Bay Beach, Formosa Bay as a lifestyle resort with on-site attractions for kids of all ages is a great base for families with young children.
This place is such a treat, with everything you could possibly want to entertain your family - including two swimming pools, trampolines, a putt and play course to a spectacularly manicured garden, amok with rabbits.
Baby rabbits, fluffy rabbits, fat rabbits, fast rabbits.
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Chasing after these little fluff balls will drain even the most rambunctious 8-year-old.
The facilities are regulated via an access pass - with the R100 all-access the best value option give the wearer unlimited use for the duration of their stay.
Over and above the facilities, the accommodation is spacious, modern and lifestyle orientated - They offer studios as well as one- or two-bedroom apartments. Family villas come complete with a fully-equipped kitchen and family-sized fridge. It's a comfortable and affordable home, away from home that is serviced daily - offering value way above its three-star rating.
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My kids inhale wi-fi with their on demand entertainment habits, so one downside is that wi-fi is not all-access.
A rest-and-recharge break is made so easy for adults too, with a sauna, gym and games room complete with pool table all on site too.
And a definite highlight is the new restaurant Zanzos - serving up freshly-made flat breads and some of the best pulled lamb for meat-lovers. Hearty breakfasts are on order too. Perfect for those days when you want something tasty but don't feel like making it yourself or venturing out too far.
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And while tearing yourself away from the resort will be hard - it is a must, after all you are in the part of South Africa with the most Blue Flag beaches.
The Knysna Waterfront offers a lovely day-trip, just 30-minutes from Plett. A boat trip to the Featherbed Nature reserve comes highly recommended, with gorgeous views of the Knysna Heads during your trip.
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*Disclaimer: Traveller24 Editor Selene Brophy was hosted for her stay Formosa Bay Resort.
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