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Garden Route

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Eastern & Western Cape

You can’t help but be seduced by the glorious natural beauty of the Garden Route. The distance from Mossel Bay in the west to Storms River in the east is less than 300km, yet the range of topography, vegetation, wildlife and outdoor activities is remarkable. The coast is dotted with excellent beaches, while inland you’ll find picturesque lagoons and lakes, rolling hills and eventually the mountains of the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma ranges that divide the verdant Garden Route from the arid Little Karoo. This route includes towns such as Mossel Bay, Knysna, Oudtshoorn, Plettenberg Bay and Nature's Valley.

Mossel Bay

Mossel Bay offers a perfect mix between adventure, family activities, culture, great local and traditional cuisine, pristine beaches, warm atmosphere and friendly people. The town is centrally located in the Garden Route, close to many other towns in the area and is the perfect base to explore the Garden Route from.

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Where to Stay

Gondwana Private Game Reserve
Situated in the heart of the Garden Route, you will find a beautiful piece of land that will stir your senses and offers an authentic, luxurious African Safari experience, with the free-roaming Big-5 in a malaria-free environment.
Luxury accommodation is offered in Kwena Lodge, a modern twist on the traditional Khoi-San dwelling, with 14 open-plan suites nestled into the breath taking natural surroundings with 180-degree views, sky lights for star gazing, fireplaces and deep baths in which to relax. Family or group accommodation is provided in 12 spacious 3- and 4-bedroom bush villas, privately situated, each with spectacular, uninterrupted views from their expansive wooden decks.

Eight Bells Mountain Inn
Renowned for friendly hospitality, superb service and a range of recreational facilities amidst magnificent mountain scenery. 25 Tastefully decorated en-suite bedrooms, family units, air-conditioned log cabins and thatched rondavels all set in enchanting gardens shared by an abundance of birdlife. The main building houses an elegant lounge, Bosun’s Whistle Pub, The Oak Room Restaurant, billiard room, children’s lounge, enclosed sunroom and exterior patio area.
Outdoor facilities consist of a swimming pool, kids play area, tennis courts, a glass-back squash court, bowling green and the Rooster walking trails.


Oudtshoorn & De Rust

The towns of Oudtshoorn and De Rust are in the Klein Karoo between the Swartberg and Outeniqua mountains and forms part of the greater Garden Route. Oudtshoorn is the ostrich capital of the world, with the world's biggest bird just one of the many attractions in this area of exceptional contrasts and natural beauty.
The region is home to the spectacular Cango Caves, Africa's largest show cave system; an ecological hotspot where three distinct plant biomes (succulent Karoo, cape thicket and fynbos) converge; and the Swartberg mountain range, which is part of the Cape Floral World Heritage Site.

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Where to Stay

De Denne Guest House
Situated on a working farm, De Denne offers a choice of either staying in a beautiful garden or family suite, within walking distance from the main house, or deluxe suites located within the main house.
Each unit has its own individual décor style and personalised touches, catering to all your needs with modern comforts.  A separate building houses the Ma Belle Restaurant and Bar area in close vicinity to the swimming pool with spectacular views of the Oliphant and Swartberg mountain ranges.

La Plume Guest House
Situated on a working ostrich, alfalfa and cattle farm with spectacular views of the Swartberg Mountains and the Olifants River Valley. A charming 1902 Victorian homestead with its tranquil surroundings, where the owner combined old-world charm with modern comforts await you.
20 Individually furnished air-conditioned rooms and suites offer satellite television, free Wi-Fi, mini bar, private entrances and sunny verandahs.

De Zeekoe Guest Farm
Only 7km outside Oudtshoorn, in the Garden Route’s Klein Karoo, surrounded by the famous Swartberg and Outeniqua mountains. Refined rooms in the main house come with free Wi-Fi, minifridges, tea and coffeemaking facilities and verandahs with river or garden views. Select rooms have fireplaces and outdoor showers. Cottages with lake views feature fireplaces and decks, while rustic cabins (no TVs or WiFi) add living areas and kitchenettes. The on-site restaurant features produce from the farm. Other amenities include a saltwater pool, a guest lounge, hiking trails and canoeing. Daily meerkat tours are offered for a fee.

Oakdene Guest Lodge
Situated in the centre of historic Oudtshoorn, Oakdene captures all the character and heritage of a bygone era. Now restored to its prime, every detail has been lovingly brought back to life.
6 Newly styled en-suite rooms with bath or shower feature remote controlled air-conditioning, satellite flat panel TV, Wi-Fi, coffee/tea trays, safe, hairdryer and bath accessories as well as electric blankets in winter and other amenities to make your stay a pleasant one. Newly designed lush garden with swimming pool, garden furniture, sun loungers and parasol are available for your comfort. Children 12 years and older are welcome.

Mooiplaas Guest House
A luxurious guest house situated on a family-run working ostrich farm, in the heart of the Klein Karoo. Enjoy open spaces, with spectacular views of the magnificent and ever-changing purple Swartberg mountains. Elegant suites with sitting areas include flat-screen TVs, safes, minifridges, and tea and coffeemaking facilities, as well as free Wi-Fi. Most suites have balconies or patios. Complimentary drinks are offered on arrival and there's secure off-street parking and guided tours of the ostrich farm.


Knysna

Knysna is the beating heart of the Garden Route and is sure to steal a piece of your heart. Knysna is not only a small and unique town, but it also offers up-to-date and convenient services. Built on the northern shore of a large warm-water estuary, known as the Knysna Lagoon, which is fed by the Knysna River, the estuary opens to the ocean after passing between two large headlands. These are popularly known as "The Heads", and have become infamous due to the loss of boats and fishermen passing through their treacherous and unpredictable waters. The Paquita, a German vessel, sank on the eastern side of the Knysna Heads way back in 1903. Near them are geological formations, known locally as "The Map Stones." To the north of Knysna, Afro-Montane or temperate rainforest covers the hilly terrain for 20 km until changing to fynbos or macchia high in the Outeniqua Mountains.

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Where to Stay

Belvidere Manor
Situated on Knysna Lagoon, these laid-back Country-style 1- to 3-bedroom cottages come with full kitchens, patios, fireplaces and ceiling fans, as well as satellite TV, DVD players, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. Upgraded cottages feature lagoon views. Free Wi-Fi is available, and kids 5 and over are welcome. There's a refined, water-view restaurant, plus a quaint pub serving classic meals. Other amenities include an outdoor pool and gardens.

Kanonkop House
It has breath taking views of the Knysna lagoon and the giant sandstone cliffs dominating the entrance to the Indian Ocean (the famous ‘Knysna Heads’), tranquilly positioned in a private and peaceful indigenous forest close to the centre of town. The grounds include a swimming pool, sundeck, outdoor lounge, terrace and bar, internet and safe parking.
The 6 suites are individually named and decorated, incorporating beautiful furniture and antiques as well as artwork of talented South African artists.

Madison Manor
Whether you want to relax away from the madding crowd with your nose in a book, or soak up the sun while sipping a cocktail, you will find the perfect spot at Madison Manor. 17 Uniquely decorated air-conditioned rooms offer en-suite bath and shower, DSTV, Flat screen televisions, Wi-Fi, safes, tea and coffee trays, bar fridges and complimentary bottled mineral water at night.

Conrad Pezula Golf Resort & Spa
Built to reflect the natural beauty surrounding it, this luxurious hotel is in the town of Knysna with stunning views of the Indian Ocean, Knysna Lagoon or the Outeniqua Mountains that can also be enjoyed while playing Golf. All rooms are exquisitely furnished, with a free-standing tub and free Wi-Fi. The resort also has a restaurant and bar, leaving nothing to be desired during your stay.

St James of Knysna
On the shores of Knysna Lagoon, this quaint, upmarket hotel has an old-world vibe. Suites have TVs and free Wi-Fi, plus minifridges, safes, and tea and coffeemaking equipment. Some are set around a courtyard with a private pool. Unique features found in some suites include living rooms, patios, balconies and/or lagoon views. An upgraded suite adds a sauna. There is an elegant restaurant, a fishing dock and a relaxed bar with a fireplace. The gardens offer an outdoor pool, a koi pond and lawn games.

Waterfront Lodge
Situated on the edge of Knysna Lagoon, guests can relax and enjoy the sun and birdlife at the sundeck alongside the pool.  This family run lodge offers tastefully decorated, spacious rooms with satellite TV and free private parking and the Simola Golf Course is 4 km away.  Some rooms have a private balcony or patio facing the lagoon. There is a sauna as well as outdoor activities in the region like kayaking, boating and cycling that can be arranged.

aha The Rex Hotel
This modern town-centre hotel is close to the Waterfront Knysna Quays and offer airy rooms featuring tea and coffee making facilities, minibars, satellite TV and free Wi-Fi. Upgraded rooms include kitchenettes, living areas and balconies, while the 1- and 2-bedroom suites add separate lounges. There's a Mediterranean restaurant with a terrace and free parking is available.


Harkerville

A farm area that is situated between Plettenberg Bay and Knysna, which are both bustling tourist hubs along the Garden Route. The Harkerville area is particularly well known amongst mountain bikers that are looking for fun and adventurous routes to enjoy throughout the year. Guests can visit several local attractions, all within a short drive away such as Birds of Eden, Monkeyland, Jukani, Adventure Land, the Knysna Elephant Park, Radical Raptors, and the Featherbed Reserve.

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Where to Stay

Hunters Country House
Set in thatched-roof cottages among scenic gardens, this posh country hotel suites feature private patios and gardens with minibars, fireplaces, and tea and coffee making facilities. The 2-bedroom family suites sleep up to 4 people; upgraded units have separate living rooms, flat-screen TVs and private pools. There's also a restaurant and an outdoor dining area for snacks and drinks. Other amenities include an outdoor pool, a library and a kids' play area.

Hunters Tsala Treetop Lodge
Set amidst the treetops of an age-old indigenous forest Tsala is a lavish celebration of the spirit of Africa, where the service is world class and the experience magical. It is also a wonderful location from which to explore the beauty of the celebrated Garden Route. The 10 Treetop Suites and 6 Treetop Villas offer free Wi-Fi, decks, private infinity swimming pools, living room with a fireplace, a complimentary bottle of port and a mini-bar. Treetop Villas feature two bedrooms which are ideal for families travelling with children and friends. The hotel features a lounge area, as well as a wine cellar and a restaurant with several deck areas for enjoying the views.


Plettenberg Bay

For some, its long, lazy days on sunny beaches and for others its Plett’s buzzing night life and high season cocktail circuit. There are those who are up early to ride the forests and go parachuting or bungee jumping, and then there are the monkeys, elephants, other wild animals and birds dotted throughout Plett that make for the perfect fun-filled leisure time.
Don’t forget to visit our 16 wine estates, go on a township tour and visit a township tavern, or take part in any number of activities that make up the Plett Summer Festival.

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Where to Stay

Whalesong Hotel & Hydro
Situated in a lush, landscaped garden. Each of the spacious, 24 bedrooms reflect the serene blues and whites of the ocean and features its own private wooden viewing deck. The Restaurant is well known for its quality cuisine and great hospitality.

Redbourne Country Lodge
A cosy 4-star guesthouse situated in the tranquil and peaceful Piesang Valley overlooking the world-class Plettenberg Bay Country Club golf course, offering comfortable, upmarket accommodation. Redbourne offers an extraordinary level of personal service that it is sure to become any visitor’s favourite getaway secret.

The Robberg Beach Lodge
This upscale but laid-back beachside resort offers rooms and suites that spread across 4 villas, close to Sanctuary Beach and Robberg Nature Reserve. Airy, modern rooms and suites offer a relaxed-yet-chic style and include woven jute rugs. They are air-conditioned, with en-suite bathrooms, Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minifridges and tea and coffeemaking facilities.

Buffelsdam Country House
Located close to the N2 in the rural area of The Crags at the foot of the Tsitsikamma mountains between Plettenberg Bay and Nature’s Valley. With six well-appointed rooms and a three-bedroom family unit, it offers guests a great stay in the heart of the Garden Route, just a few minutes from many exciting Activities.

Hog Hollow Country Lodge
This vibrant, upscale lodge is close to the Elephant Sanctuary and the Birds of Eden. Bright, modern rooms have private decks with hammocks overlooking the gardens, as well as minibars, free homemade snacks, and tea and coffeemaking facilities as well as free Wi-Fi.

Periwinkle Guest Lodge
A 4-Star luxury lodge situated on Beachy Head Drive, directly across the road from the Robberg blue Flag Beach, a safe swimming beach. Six of the seven rooms have balconies where guests can enjoy the panoramic view from the Robberg Peninsula and the Tsitskamma Mountains.

Plettenberg Park Hotel & Spa
Set on a nature reserve overlooking the Indian Ocean, this clifftop, upscale hotel is close to Knysna Elephant Park. Chic rooms and suites with muted colour schemes and private balconies feature flat-screen TVs, DVD players and heated floors, plus minibars. Many have sea or lake views.

Scallop Guest Lodge
Where peaceful earthiness encounters modern Africa. Located in a residential area, close to the pristine "Blue Flag" status Robberg Beach. Ideal for family and friends who want to escape from the noise and city life. There are numerous, lovely shops and must visit restaurants within the vicinity.

Starfish Guest Lodge
Overlooking a landscaped indigenous garden with salt water pool, the lodge is close to the swimming beach of Robberg. All 6 of the spacious en-suite rooms have been individually appointed and only the finest linens have been provided. Self-catering is optional.

The Plettenberg Bay Hotel
Situated on a rocky headland along the famous Garden Route, the ultimate South African seaside escape. The five-star hotel, with its 35 beautifully appointed rooms and two family-style villas, showcases the most breath-taking vistas, with views of the ocean, mountains and endless stretches of golden sand. Guests may enjoy world-class cuisine courtesy of Group Executive Chef Peter Tempelhoff’s SeaFood, where fresh seafood is the order of the day.


Tsitsikamma Marine Park

Tsitsikamma is a word of the indigenous Khoi-San people meaning 'place of many waters', accurately describing the beautiful 80km stretch of coastline that makes up the Tsitsikamma National Park, the oldest and largest marine reserve in Africa. The park contains many attractions, including a giant Outeniqua yellowwood tree that is hundreds of years old. The region is criss-crossed by hiking trails, including the world-renowned Otter Trail - a 5-day hike - starting at Storm's River and running along 41km of spectacular coastline to Nature's Valley.

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Where to Stay

Tsitsikamma Village Inn
Built in 1946 to resemble a village, this refined hotel is close to the N2 highway and 15 km from the Storms River Mouth. Ranging from simple log cabins to ornate cottages, accommodations come with gardens, TVs, and tea and coffeemaking facilities and complimentary secured parking. There's a 1960s-inspired diner, a cafe and a lounge, plus a pub. Other amenities include an outdoor pool and a play area for kids.