Guidelet: Beauty and excitement in an African paradise

A travel guide to The Garden Route South Africa | Target Market: Tourists,holidaymakers,adventurers,backpackers | A travel guide by: Igert le Roux

South Africa's Garden Route. Breathtaking and exciting.
Beauty and excitement in an African paradise", a travel guide to The Garden Route South Africa

Summary of points of interest in this travel guide to The Garden Route South Africa


The town of Mossel Bay

Why visit:

Mossel Bay. Translated its name means the bay of mussels. In the days of the early seafarers it was a popular place for sailors as the mussels served as a welcome addition to their diet. Today it is still true to its name as many restaurants in town serve this delicacy as fresh as it can possibly be.

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The town of Mossel Bay, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Bartholomeu Dias Museum

Why visit:

The Bartholomeu Dias Museum in Mossel Bay is situated at the place where European explorers first came into contact with the southern tip of the African continent and its people in 1488. It offers an interesting insight into the lives of the explorers and much more.

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Bartholomeu Dias Museum, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Cape St. Blaize Lighthouse

Why visit:

While you are in Mossel Bay you may notice an old lighthouse in the distance. The lighthouse built in 1864 is in an area called Cape St. Blaize. The magnificent views it offers alone is worth a visit. The lighthouse is open to visitors on Monday to Friday but closed on weekends and public holidays.

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Cape St. Blaize Lighthouse, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Pinnacle Point caves

Why visit:

Interesting is that the rocks at the foot of the Cape St. Blaize lighthouse has become an important archeological site as the area was found to have been inhabited 100,00 to 200,000 years ago. The Point of Human Origins Experience consists of a visit to Pinnacle Point caves. The dunes around the caves are littered by middens and stone artifacts left behind by people who lived here thousands of years ago

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Pinnacle Point caves, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Whale watching tours

Why visit:

There are many places along the garden route offering whale watching tours. If you do opt to go on such a tour then leaving from Mossel Bay is probably one of the best choices that you can make. It lies in the center of the South African whale route and the depth of the water and shelter attract many whales during calving season. The best months to go whale watching are between May to October.

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Whale watching tours, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Mossel Bay golf course

Why visit:

The tee is situated high above the fairway with magnificent vistas over the estate. That is how the management of the Mossel Bay Golf Course describe their signature 3rd hole. If you not a golfer this idyllic description sounds like a good enough reason to take up the sport and head to Mossel Bay.

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Mossel Bay golf course, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

War Memorial

Why visit:

The Mossel Bay War Memorial was erected in memory to those who lost their lives in wartime. It is situated on Frog Rock, so called because of its shape.

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War Memorial, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

The Bat Cave Mossel Bay

Why visit:

The Bat Cave. Thousands of Bats used to live in this cage many years ago. In earlier times it was home to a group of people called the Khoi or Strandlopers. It is a place where you can step back in time.

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The Bat Cave Mossel Bay, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Post Office Tree

Why visit:

Mossel Bay has a very special tree. In bygone days this tree was used as a post office by sailors from passing ships to convey messages to other seafarers arriving later. In 1501 A letter of warning placed in a boot in the tree actually saved the lives of sailors on a passing ship. A post box was later added and visitors can send letters postcards from this spot.

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Post Office Tree, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Pinnacle Point Main Beach and Golf Estate

Why visit:

Pinnacle Point Main Beach and Golf Estate offers you two secluded and unspoiled beaches where you can admire the abundance of birds and small animals.

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Pinnacle Point Main Beach and Golf Estate, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Mossel Bay Sky Diving

Why visit:

If you enjoy the freedom that only skydiving can give you then the good news is that Mossel Bay offers you this experience. You can do a tandem strapped to an experienced instructor if you are not too certain about going it alone.

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Mossel Bay Sky Diving, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Bake Your Cake

Why visit:

If you happen to be in Mossel Bay when that special occasion rolls around, whether it be Valentine’s Day, an anniversary or birthday, it is good to know that you can celebrate with a cake. Bake Your Cake Mossel Bay will design and create the perfect cake and cupcakes for you.

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Bake Your Cake, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Dragon Dune Mossel Bay

Why visit:

Dragon Dune sounds like something to stay away from but in fact sandboarders love the Dragon. It is the longest dune for sand boarding in the country and the south westerly winds blowing into the dragon’s face keep it in top condition.

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Dragon Dune Mossel Bay, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

The Goods Shed Fleamarket

Why visit:

The Goods Shed fleamarket is another place well worth a visit. You will be able to buy anything from nuts to handbags and jewelry to furniture in this indoor market. It is open daily in peak periods.

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The Goods Shed Fleamarket, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Bozzola Equestria

Why visit:

With all the great horse riding trails on the Garden Route you may want to brush up on your riding skills. Contact Bozzola Equestria in Mossel Bay and discuss your needs with them.

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Bozzola Equestria, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Jacana Curios

Why visit:

Jacana is a place where visitors to the Bartholomeu Dias Museum complex can buy truly African curios, clothing and gifts. Some of the merchandise showcases the history of Mossel Bay. Jacana is is situated in the Old Post Office Tree Square. As it is open until 11 at night it is an ideal place to do some last-minute shopping.

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Jacana Curios, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Seal Island

Why visit:

The Great White Shark is not something many people want to encounter on a holiday but there are some brave souls who do not think twice when the opportunity arises to see them from close quarters. Seal Island off the coast has a population of more than 2500 Cape Fur Seals, a favorite prey for sharks and the waters around Mossel Bay is Great White country. In Mossel Bay you can go shark cage diving. You can book at theTriptide offices next near the yacht club.

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Seal Island, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Garden Route Casino

Why visit:

Good news for people who like to gamble now and again is that the Garden Route Casino is now open in Mossel Bay 24 hours a day. The casino has 412 slot machines and 16 gambling tables. There is also a buffet restaurant ad fast food area. While mom and dad practice their skills in the casino, the children can enjoy themselves in the game area.

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Garden Route Casino, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

The Mossel Bay Craft Art Workshop

Why visit:

The Mossel Bay Craft Art Workshop. Four artists have decided to combine their expertise and create a workshop in which the locals can let out their creativity. Here you will be able to see the artists train some of the talented locals. Lots of unique gifts can be found here. The workshop is at 3 Market Street next door to Mossel Bay Tourism.

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The Mossel Bay Craft Art Workshop, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

The Vleesbaai 4 x 4 Dune Route

Why visit:

You can also experience the beauty of the Mossel Bay area feeling the power of a 4 x 4 vehicle as it conquers some of the challenging dunes. The Vleesbaai 4 x 4 Dune Route starting at the Misgunst farm is gaining in popularity as a special and thrilling experience.

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The Vleesbaai 4 x 4 Dune Route, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Walking with lions

Why visit:

Animals and Africa go hand in hand. Many people visit the continent to see it’s wildlife. At the Zorgfontein Game Farm you will be able to see it in a way that you will remember for a lifetime. The “walking with lions” experience gives you the opportunity to interact with creatures as mighty and dangerous as they come. You walk with some young white lions,

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Walking with lions, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Ride an elephant

Why visit:

It is always a treat to learn more information about animals. When the animal in question is an elephant and you are riding on its back it is a real thrill. This is what you can do at the Botlierskop private game reserve near Mossel Bay.

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Ride an elephant, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Picnic with the elephants

Why visit:

Relax and have a picnic at the Botlierskop private game reserve near Mossel Bay. A variety of snacks are served. Sam, Tsotsi and little Tsima have also been invited and they are waiting for a tasty treat from you. Even though the three carry quite a bit of weight nobody refuses. They are elephants and feeding them is only a pleasure.

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Picnic with the elephants, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

See the Big Five

Why visit:

If you are touring the garden route and you always wanted to see the Big Five, then you will get your opportunity at the Gondwana game reserve near Mossel Bay. This private game reserve has 4 to 5 hour viewing safaris and chances are you will see these animals and more. You can also choose a horseback safari.

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See the Big Five, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Koumashoek Circuit walking trail

Why visit:

The visitor can choose between many, many hiking trials to spend some time exploring the beauty of Mossel Bay area. One that is definitely meant for the fit and experienced adventurer is the Koumashoek Circuit. This is a six hour walk with many steep climbs but the beauty of the mountains makes it worth it.

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Koumashoek Circuit walking trail, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

The Model Shipyard

Why visit:

In the Mossel Bay Maritime Museum is a one-of-a-kind company. The Model Shipyard has taken the art of model shipbuilding to new heights. They handcraft their model ships to be of the highest quality so that they can be proudly displayed in museums, boardrooms and foyers of the most distinguished companies.

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The Model Shipyard, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Mossgas refinery

Why visit:

The discovery of offshore gas deposits in 1969 led to the development of the gas to liquids refinery at the town. The Mossgas information center is located in the Old Power Station building and visitors can drop in to get more information about the Mossgas project.

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Mossgas refinery, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Tarka Township

Why visit:

Tarka Township. This little village is an example of the ingenuity of the people of yesteryear. With building material not freely available and rather expensive they found an interesting way to build their houses. Big boulders were buried under dry branches which were then set alight. As the rocks cooled down, cracks appeared that could be chiseled into building blocks. They were cemented together with clay and sand.

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Tarka Township, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

The old Masonic Lodge of St. Blaize

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The old Masonic Lodge of St Blaize was built in 1884. It used to have beautiful stained glass windows but they were removed because of vandalism and today the building has no windows, only skylights.

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The old Masonic Lodge of St. Blaize, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Aguada de São Bras

Why visit:

When Dias first set foot in Mossel Bay on Feast of St. Blaize day in 1488 he discovered a fresh water spring and called it Aguada de São Bras or translated the watering place of St Blaize. Today, more than 500 years later this spring is still running and it is situated in the Dias Museum complex.

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Aguada de São Bras, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

The Shell Museum

Why visit:

The Shell Museum is believed to be the biggest of its kind in Africa. Here you will find shells from all over the world and you can learn about how they were used by man through history. The Museum also houses aquariums and a touch tank where children can touch sea animals.

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The Shell Museum, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Kwanaonqaba Township

Why visit:

Take a tour to the Kwanaonqaba Township near Mossel Bay and see a sangoma in action.A sangoma is a traditional African healer. Communicating with one’s ancestors is an important part of the healing process that they practice.

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Kwanaonqaba Township, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Inner Pool

Why visit:

If surfing is what you do best make sure you visit Inner Pool at The Point in Mossel Bay. This is the favorite surfing spot of the locals.

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Inner Pool, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Kaai 4

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A great restaurant in Mossel Bay is Kaai 4 at the harbor. Here you can get a taste of mouth watering South African food prepared on an open fire.

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Kaai 4, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Villa Point Restaurant

Why visit:

The Villa Point Restaurant in Marsh Street offers great food and friendly service. Give it a try.

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Villa Point Restaurant, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Capri Tours and Helicopters

Why visit:

It is always a very special occasion to be able to take in the sights of a place from up high. Get down to Botlierskop farm and into a helicopter. Capri Tours and Helicopters offer many flights ranging from quick flips to all day charters departing from there.

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Capri Tours and Helicopters, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Hartenbos

Why visit:

Hartenbos, one of 20 settlements in the municipal area of Mossel Bay is a very popular holiday destination. A visit to Waterpark in Hartenbos is just the right cure if you are hot and bothered on a summer day. It offers something for everyone to enjoy.

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Hartenbos, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

The Hartenbos Museum

Why visit:

The Hartenbos Museum is one of the oldest in Mossel Bay. It focuses on the time in South African history when pioneers called the Voortrekkers moved inland from the sea. The exhibitions give visitors a very good idea of what life was like for these people.

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The Hartenbos Museum , a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Guided quad bike safari

Why visit:

How does a guided quad bike safari sound for fun? You can go on one at the Nyaru Game Lodge Hartenbos. It is a thrilling and exhilarating way to see the area.

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Guided quad bike safari , a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Great Brak River Museum

Why visit:

For people interested in the history of the Khoi people a visit to the Great Brak River Museum is highly recommended. Greak Brak river is 22 km (13 miles) from Mossel Bay.

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Great Brak River Museum, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Great Brak River village walk

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If you feel you need a little bit of exercise then why not go on the Great Brak river village walk. It is a way to explore the village, beach, estuary and river in one comfortable walk lasting about three hours.

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Great Brak River village walk, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Pienaar Strand

Why visit:

Pienaar Strand in the great Brak river area may be a good choice if you are a whale watcher. This is where the Southern Right Whales hang out during the winter season from July to November.

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Pienaar Strand, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Watson Shoes

Why visit:

All the hiking trails in the garden route can be murder on your shoes. In Great Brak river you can visit the Watson shoe factory and pick up some sturdy shoes at the factory shop.

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Watson Shoes, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

De Dekke antique shop

Why visit:

Anybody interested in anything antique should visit The De Dekke antique shop in Great Brak River. This place is big and browsing through it is an experience to savor.

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De Dekke antique shop, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Route between Mossel Bay and George

Why visit:

The picture perfect beauty of the garden route is something special to experience and the 30 minute drive from Mossel Bay to George offers nature’s unspoilt beauty in abundance. You will pass several stunningly beautiful beaches and quaint villages along the way and renting a car to travel this route is a good option.

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Route between Mossel Bay and George, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

The city of George

Why visit:

The city of George is the vibrant administrative and commercial hub of the Garden Route. Originally established in 1776 because of the demand for wood in Europe it has grown to a tourist hotspot with many fun activities.

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The city of George, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

The Kalahari restaurant and theatre

Why visit:

If you want to spend a stylish night out in George, the Kalahari restaurant and theatre is the place to visit for great food and entertainment.

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The Kalahari restaurant and theatre, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

The Slave Tree

Why visit:

In front of the library in York Street, George there is an old English Oak tree that has given rise to many legends. In the trunk it has a lock and chain embedded. The fact that it was planted by a magistrate many years ago has caused some imaginations to run wild and today it is known as the Slave Tree. The tree is a national monument.

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The Slave Tree, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

The Garden Route mall

Why visit:

The 125 shops in the Garden Route mall offers everything that you may need while in George. They even have a walk-in doctor there where you can visit without making an appointment.

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The Garden Route mall, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

The George Museum

Why visit:

George is forestry country. The George Museum showcases the growth of this industry in the town. One of the rather unusual special exhibitions is a collection of Ruby Reeves fairy paintings.

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The George Museum, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

St Marks Cathedral

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Another church that is worth visiting in George is the St Marks Cathedral with its beautiful stained glass windows.

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St Marks Cathedral, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Dutch Reformed Mother Curch

Why visit:

In town where the wood and timber industry rules you would expect some exquisite works of art performed by master carpenters. The George Dutch Reformed Mother Church built in 1842 in Courtenay Street with its yellowwood dome and pillars and stinkwood pulpit reflects this craftsmanship.

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Dutch Reformed Mother Curch, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Forest Buzzard walking trail

Why visit:

If you feel you have to get some exercise but you are really not in the mood for strenuous walking then give the Forest Buzzard walking trail near George a go. It is an easy trail of 2 km (1.24 mile) through a Pine forest. You can even take your dog along.

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Forest Buzzard walking trail, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Fearless Indoor Climbing center

Why visit:

If you feel energetic then visit the Fearless Indoor Climbing center in George. Despite the name climbing is safe.

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Fearless Indoor Climbing center, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Garden Route Botanical Garden

Why visit:

To learn about the fauna and flora of the area visit the Garden Route Botanical Garden in George. Here you will learn about the medicinal qualities of some of the plants.

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Garden Route Botanical Garden, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

George golf club

Why visit:

Golfers will enjoy the 18-hole George golf course at the foot of the Outiniqua Mountains. It is one of the oldest golf courses in the country and golfers keep coming back because the beauty of the landscape is breathtaking.

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George golf club, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Herold Wine

Why visit:

You will find several excellent wine estates along the garden route. Herold Wine is a popular one in the George area.

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Herold Wine, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Down to Earth restaurant

Why visit:

The Down to Earth restaurant in the Herolds Bay eco-resort near George is a stunning setting to have lunch or dinner. It has a beautiful view over the Bay where Dolphins often come to play. The restaurant itself has walls made from clay and straw and wooden ceilings.

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Down to Earth restaurant, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

The Goose Wines

Why visit:

A wine estate with a peculiar name is The Goose Wines. This is actually very fitting because it is in an area where wild geese used to visit often. Interesting is that it is owned by a professional golfer. His name is Retief Goosen, also known by the nickname of The Goose.

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The Goose Wines, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

The Tramonto Tasting Room

Why visit:

If you are interested in South African wines then visit the The Tramonto Tasting Room in George. They offer a variety of wine tastings put together by a true wine tasting connoisseur.

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The Tramonto Tasting Room, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Silver Lily cheese farm

Why visit:

Wine and cheese go together like strawberries and cream. It is therefore quite fitting that in the outskirts of George there is a facility for cheese tasting called the Silver Lily cheese farm. Here you can enjoy Dutch farm style cheeses in 10 flavors as well as watch the interesting cheese making process.

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Silver Lily cheese farm, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Redberry Farm pony ride

Why visit:

If the kids are getting a little restless while you are exploring the sights and sounds of George head off to the Redberry farm and purchase a pony ride ticket or two for them. The ride is great fun for the kids and the ponies.

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Redberry Farm pony ride, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Redberry Farm minitrain ride

Why visit:

Redberry farm is a place that the kiddies will really enjoy. It offers a train ride with the 700 m of tracks winding their way through strawberry fields and even going through a tunnel. Mom and dad can come along too as the ride is for all ages.

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Redberry Farm minitrain ride, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Redberry Farm Maze

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How about a challenge with a difference. On Redberry farm you will find the biggest maze in the Southern Hemisphere. See if you can navigate your way through the 3,000 hedges for an afternoon of fun.

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Redberry Farm Maze, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Redberry Farm Bumper Boats

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Looking for a place where the kids can have some water fun in the inflatable motorized bumper boats on the Redberry dam at the farm with the same name. They can bump and crash into each other all they like having fun all the way.

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Redberry Farm Bumper Boats, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Redberry Farm Stawberry Picking

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Lovely sweet strawberries is a tasty treat that very few people can resist. At the Redberry farm in George you choose and pick your own strawberries.

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Redberry Farm Stawberry Picking, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Khulani Xhosa village

Why visit:

Khulani Xhosa village gives you an insight into the world of creativity of the Xhosa people. This is a place of warm hospitality African style. You will be treated to Xhosa storytelling, singing and dancing while enjoying some beer and bread.

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Khulani Xhosa village, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Bado Kidogo

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For parrot lovers Bado Kidogo is a must-see. On this bird breeding farm is 100 different bird species as well as more than 300 aviaries.

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Bado Kidogo, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Lauren's Deli Eatery

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George has many great Restaurants. Lauren's Deli Eatery at the Heather Park Centre, Witfontein Avenue is popular and has received glowing reviews on the Internet.

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Lauren

La Locanda

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In the mood for Pizza? A great place in George to find your favourite dish is La Locanda in George Street.

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La Locanda, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Outeniqua Power Van

Why visit:

Take a ride on the Outeniqua Power Van. Guided tours on motorized railway trolleys running on the railway line between George and Oudtshoorn is a great way of making a detour to the town of Oudtshoorn.

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Outeniqua Power Van, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

The Town of Oudtshoorn

Why visit:

Oudtshoorn. There was a time in history when this name was known worldwide. This was during the so-called ostrich feather fashion boom when the ladies at the time all had to sport an ostrich feather in their hats to be fashionable. Home to the world famous Cango caves the town has a lot to offer for the tourist.

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The Town of Oudtshoorn, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Swartberg Cave Art

Why visit:

It is highly recommended to set aside a few days for exploring Oudtshoorn and the surrounding area even if this is strictly speaking not part of the Garden Route. In the Swartberg mountains to the north of the town is the Swartberg Nature Reserve. The Swartberg hiking trail in the reserve will bring you to the various caves where you can view the age old cave drawings of the San people.

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Swartberg Cave Art, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

The Cango Caves

Why visit:

The Cango Caves with its extensive system of tunnels and chambers big halls and caverns is probably the most spectacular sight in the Garden Route area. It is one of the top tourist attractions in the country.

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The Cango Caves, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Ostrich farm

Why visit:

This town has the largest ostrich population in the world. No visit would be complete without having a good look at an ostrich farm. Several tours are available.

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Ostrich farm, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

The Feather Palace

Why visit:

The Feather Palace is a guest house where you can stay on your visit to the town. It is much more than a place of accommodation though. It is one of the few remaining so-called feather palaces. During the ostrich feather boom many ostrich farmers became wealthy. The wealth were reflected by the stunning houses they erected on their farms.

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The Feather Palace, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Cango Wildlife Ranch

Why visit:

You can meet some interesting characters at the Cango Wildlife Ranch. If you are prepared to get into a cave and go underwater you can go and say hi to a nile crocodile. Other creatures inhabiting this wild world are pythons and cheetahs to name but two.

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Cango Wildlife Ranch, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

De Zeekoe Guest Farm

Why visit:

Visit De Zeekloe Guest Farm and sleep over. Then get up at sunrise and take a meerkat tour to see these cheeky little creatures going about their daily business. Their foraging and playing is quite comical and it makes a nice change from seeing white sandy beaches and glittering oceans.

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De Zeekoe Guest  Farm, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Rust en Vrede waterfall

Why visit:

Take a break from all the sightseeing in Oudtshoorn and relax with an experience to clean the mind and soul. The little Rust en Vrede waterfall is just the place for that. Enjoy a picnic under the trees and a refreshing swim at this great spot.

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Rust en Vrede waterfall, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Calli Cystals

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Calli Cystals pride themselves on being the biggest and best when it comes to semi-precious gemstones and crystals. They also sell sterling silver jewelry, bead products and souvenirs.

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Calli Cystals, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Grundheim Wines

Why visit:

The people at Grundheim Wines Oudtshoorn know a lot about wine. After all they have been producing the fruit of the vine for many years. Visit them and try a truly South African favorite with a kick that will take your breath away – the Witblits, translated as white lightning.

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Grundheim Wines, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Jamstreet farm

Why visit:

A rather unusual tourist attraction that you can visit is Jamstreet farm in the Rooiheuwel area outside Oudtshoorn. It is not only a working farm but also an art and tourism experience full of surprises. It is however accessible only by appointment.

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Jamstreet farm, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Kobus se Gat

Why visit:

Kobus se Gat: situated in the Kleinplaas holiday resort offers a dining experience in a restaurant that is unlike anything else anywhere. The veld restaurant is in the middle of nowhere but the food, prepared on coal stoves is delicious.

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Kobus se Gat, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Oudtshoorn Ballooning

Why visit:

Oudtshoorn Ballooning will give you the opportunity to get a birds eye view of the ostrich capital of the world in a hot air balloon. Prepare yourself for an early morning as the balloons leave just as the sun shows its head over the horizon.

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Oudtshoorn Ballooning, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Wilgewandel Holiday Farm

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Ever thought your old car goes like a real donkey cart? How do you know if you have never been on one? At Wilgewandel Holiday Farm near Oudtshoorn you can take a trip on a donkey cart and get the feeling.

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Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

CP Nel Museum

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The CP Nel Museum, housed in a building that in earlier days served as a school, is a great place to learn about the history of the town as well as the impact of ostrich farming on life in Oudtshoorn. A section of the museum is devoted to the role of the Jewish community in the development growth of the town and it houses a synagogue that is still in use.

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CP Nel Museum, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Experience Abseiling

Why visit:

Abseiling is a thrilling experience say those who know. Apparently the feeling of scaling a rock with the help of a rope cannot be beaten. Contact Cliff Abseil and experience the thrill. Once you are fully trained you can even attempt a rock pool abseil

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Experience Abseiling, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Wilgewandel Camel ride

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Experience the fun of a camel ride in Oudtshoorn. Wilgewandel Holiday Farm has seven very friendly camels just waiting for you.

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Wilgewandel Camel ride, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Transport Museum

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In the Outeniqua Transport Museum the visitor can see a variety of steam locomotives as well as carriages from yesteryear.

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Transport Museum, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Ostrich Riding

Why visit:

Come on now, you cannot leave Oudtshoorn without at least riding an ostrich. You can even play jockey and enter a ostrich race at the Highgate Ostrich show farm.

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Ostrich Riding, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

The Outeniqua Farmers’ Market

Why visit:

The Outeniqua Farmers’ Market in George offers around 80 stalls. Browse the creations of the local craftsmen and produce of the farmers. The variety is unbelievable on this five hectare site and it is well worth a visit. It is open on Saturday mornings.

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The Outeniqua Farmers’ Market, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Victoria Bay

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Nine kilometers from the center of George is Victoria Bay. Surfers take note: This place is known for its perfect surfing waves. Fishing is good too.

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Victoria Bay, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

The town of Wilderness

Why visit:

Wilderness: a town between George and Sedgefield is not the biggest on the Garden Route, but it is an idyllic haven of sun, surf and lush green forests. Stop, have a cup of coffee and enjoy the scenery.

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The town of Wilderness, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Bird watching in Wlderness

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Wilderness, is known as the bird watchers paradise. A bird hide has been erected to enable the birders to get a good view without scaring the birds away.

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Bird watching in Wlderness, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Cloudbase Paragliding

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Cloudbase Paragliding in Wilderness has two very experienced instructors that will show you just how it’s done if you are interested in the sport. There are no less than 24 flying sites close to the down.

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Cloudbase Paragliding, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

The Palms restaurant

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Wilderness is not all about bird watching and paragliding. It has several top class restaurants as well. One is The Palms, where you can enjoy fine South African cuisine accompanied by a fine South African wine.

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The Palms restaurant, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Milkwood Village, Wilderness

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If you plan to do some shopping in Wilderness then Milkwood village is a good option. The Friday night Village market is also worth a visit.

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Milkwood Village, Wilderness, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Sedgefield Classic Cars

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If anything old with four wheels set your heart racing then Sedgefield is the place to visit. Drop in at Sedgefield Classic Cars for a nostalgic look at yesterday’s masters of the road.

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Sedgefield Classic Cars, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Scarab Village craft market

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Scarab Village craft market in Sedgefield is the place to pick up a bargain or two. There are unusual items such as tables made from tea stumps or hand made writing paper made from elephant dung. The food stalls make it the ideal place at breakfast time.

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Scarab Village craft market, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Groenvlei Lake, Sedgefield

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Groenvlei Lake in Sedgefield is the place for the action minded. Cycling, sailing, motorbike riding, walking or paragliding are some of the activities practiced in and around the lake.

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Groenvlei Lake, Sedgefield, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Cloud Nine, Sedgefield

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Cloud Nine is a fossilized dune on the northern side of Sedgefield and according to the residents it is the ideal launch pad for hang gliders. From this dune you will have a stunning view of the town and surrounding area.

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Cloud Nine, Sedgefield, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Liquid Grace adventures, Sedgefield

Why visit:

Liquid Grace adventures shows that you should not judge a book by its cover. The tours and activities they offer can lift your adrenaline levels quite a bit. They include wakeboarding, waterskiing and canoeing to name but three. Guides are available to show you how. So much for sleepy Sedgefield.

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Liquid Grace adventures, Sedgefield, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Sedgefield’s Myoli Beach

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Sedgefield’s Myoli Beach is an excellent spot for kite surfing. The Pili Pili Beach bar on the beach has become a very popular hangout place for people riding the skies and the waves.

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Sedgefield’s Myoli Beach, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Kob Hole, Sedgefield

Why visit:

At first glance Kob Hole situated at the Sedgefield lagoon, does not look like much more than a bench for relaxation under some shady trees. The locals however will tell you that this is the best place to be if you are a fisherman or a bird watcher. Because this is the deepest part of the lake it attracts the fish which in turn attract the birds.

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Kob Hole, Sedgefield, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Timberlake farm village

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Timberlake farm village and organic food near Sedgefield is a place that is very meticulous about quality. They stock and prepare only the best. Their mission is to help their customers learn healthier and more creative life skills.

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Timberlake farm village, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Sedgefield's Moonlight Meander

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The Moonlight Meander or as it is also known the Starlight Stroll is a very educational experience. It is so popular that you must book in advance. The walk is along the beach and knowledgeable guides teach you all about rock pool marine life viewed by the light of the moon with the help of a torch.

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Sedgefield

Bistro on the Lake

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Sedgefield has its share of restaurants and one where the visitors can enjoy a variety of foods, delicious desserts and an unbeatable view is the Bistro on the Lake.

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Bistro on the Lake, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Map of Africa

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On the way from Wilderness to Sedgefield nature has sprung a surprise. The landscape forms a natural map of Africa. A lookout point has been established for those wanting to take a photograph.

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Map of Africa, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

The Town of Knysna

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The name of the town was probably taken from the Khoikhoi word meaning ferns. It is one of the major centers on the garden route and offers many sites and activities for the tourist.

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The Town of Knysna, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

The Oyster Catcher, Knysna

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The Knysna Oyster is known far and wide. The town even has an annual oyster festival. The Oyster Catcher is just one of many great restaurants where you can enjoy the crop of local fishermen fresh from the sea.

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The Oyster Catcher, Knysna, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

The Oyster Tour

Why visit:

If you like seafood and you are not in town at the time of the Oyster Festival then you can take the Oyster Tour. It consists of a two hour cruise during which you will taste some oysters and learn everything there is to know about them.

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The Oyster Tour, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Knysna Elephant Park

Why visit:

It is not often that one gets the chance to come face-to-face with one of the truly massive inhabitants of the animal kingdom. You have that opportunity when you visit the Knysna Elephant Park. You might even catch a ride on the back of one of these gentle giants. Take your camera along. An elephant ride is something that you would want to remember.

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Knysna Elephant Park, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Forest Edge Massage, Knysna

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Hiking and adventuring can be murder on the muscles. Forest Edge Massage will take care of that. They even do house calls. The treatment aims at relaxation and rejuvenation to leave you feeling energetic and healthy.

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Forest Edge Massage, Knysna, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Featherbed Nature Reserve, Knysna

Why visit:

A visit to the Featherbed Private Nature Reserve in Knysna is one of the Garden Route’s truly great experiences. Apart from the spectacular views it offers luxury cruises and ferry rides as well as a guided 4 x 4 tour on which you may see some rare animals such as the Blue Duiker antelope and birds like the elusive Knysna Loerie.

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Featherbed Nature Reserve, Knysna, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

The Heads Knysna

Why visit:

Probably one of the best-known tourist attractions in the town of Knysna is The Heads. These are two sandstone columns separating the calm waters of the Knysna lagoon from the sometimes wild waves of the Indian Ocean and creating a funnel for the sea to rush through. The views are from here are spectacular.

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The Heads Knysna, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

The wreck of the Paquita

Why visit:

The Paquita, a German ship sank at the Knysna Heads in 1903. It is believed that the incident was intentional insurance fraud as it occurred in calm waters. If you are into diving and want to take a look at the shipwreck and the sea life that turned it into a home, find out details from the Knysna Tourism Association.

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The wreck of the Paquita, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

The Knysna lagoon

Why visit:

The Knysna lagoon is the place to be if fishing is a necessary ingredient in your recipe for fun. The lagoon with its abundance of nutrients is the heart of the sea life in the area. As such it is a perfect spot for fishermen.

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The Knysna lagoon, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Circles in the Forest, Knysna

Why visit:

The Circles in the Forest hiking trails are for those who really want to experience the feeling of being in the African jungle. The forest has beautiful ferns and trees. Hikers have the option of an easy walk lasting about an hour and a half or a tougher one of three hours.

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Circles in the Forest, Knysna, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

The Big Tree

Why visit:

One can grow an awful lot in 800 years if you are a tree and the Big Tree in the Tsitsikamma Forest near Knysna is proof of that. This Yellowwood stands 36.6 meters (120 ft) high and has a circumference of 9 metres (30 feet) at the base of its trunk. It is believed to be between 600 and 800 years old.

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The Big Tree , a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Mitchell’s Brewery tour

Why visit:

Enjoying new sights and sounds as a tourist can be thirsty work. The good news is that in Knysna you can always take a break and go on the Mitchell’s brewery tour. Not only will you get new insights into the brewing industry but you can also do some beer tasting.

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Mitchell’s Brewery tour, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Knysna Township Tour

Why visit:

You are in Africa. Experience the people of Africa. Emzini tours will pick you up and take you on a very personal visit to a Knysna Township. Here you will have the opportunity of meeting many locals and get a taste of life in a South African Township. You might even have a drink in a shebeen.

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Knysna Township Tour, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Two Oceans Aquarium, Knysna

Why visit:

The Two Oceans Aquarium Knysna. It has a head like a horse, a tail like a monkey and the males have a pouch like a kangaroo. This however is not a land animal. It lives in the sea. We are talking about the Sea Horse and you can see some of these incredible creatures and many others in the Two Oceans Aquarium.

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Two Oceans Aquarium, Knysna, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

The Bell Tavern

Why visit:

On the western side of the Knysna Lagoon you will find the smallest pub in town. It is called the Bell Tavern. The place used to be a farmhouse and with its yellow wood ceiling and floor made of Ironwood blocks it has an old-worldly charm.

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The Bell Tavern, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Play a round of golf

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Before setting off on your journey along the Garden Route remember to pack your golf clubs. Knysna has some great golf courses including the one on the Pezula golf estate, the Simola course and the Knysna Club course.

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Play a round of golf, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Jubilee Creek picnic site, Knysna

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Even while you are doing the things tourists do you can still set aside special quantity time for the family. The Jubilee Creek picnic site in Knysna offers a great opportunity for doing this with many picnic tables and benches.

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Jubilee Creek picnic site, Knysna, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Millwood Goldmine museum

Why visit:

In 1876 a farmer by the name of James Cooper found a nugget of gold in the Knysna district. A gold rush followed and soon the Millwood Mining Village sprang up. Later it was discovered that there was simply not enough gold to make any mining operations profitable. Not much remains of the village today but you can go on a guided tour of the main mine and visit the museum and graveyard

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Millwood Goldmine museum, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Explore the Knysna lagoon

Why visit:

Spring Tide Charters offer various great options for exploring the lagoon on a yacht. A sunset cruise is a great opportunity to unwind in the most beautiful settings after a long day.

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Explore the Knysna lagoon, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

The Knysna Paddle Cruiser

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The Knysna Paddle Cruiser, South Africa's only pedal driven boat, is the ideal way to take a cruise with a difference. You can choose between a lunchtime or dinner cruise.

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The Knysna Paddle Cruiser, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Hire a houseboat

Why visit:

Hire a houseboat from Knysna Houseboats in the Thesen Harbor Town and you can be the captain of your own ship as you explore the area from the water. The boats are equipped with everything you may need during your stay.

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Hire a houseboat, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Leeuwenbosch diary farm stall, Knyskna

Why visit:

Visit Leeuwenbosch dairy farm stall for a quick cup of coffee and stock up on your dairy products at their farm stall. You won't get them fresher anywhere else.

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Leeuwenbosch diary farm stall, Knyskna, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

The Knysna Friday market

Why visit:

The Friday market in Welbedacht is one with a difference and an experience not to be missed. Local chefs show off their skills and create mouthwatering dishes in an atmosphere of fun and entertainment.

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The Knysna Friday market , a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Cruise on the John Benn, Knysna

Why visit:

What is more fun than a cruise and a meal on a beautiful ferry? The John Benn, built from yellowwood found in the Knysna Forest is as beautiful as they come. Lunchtime and sunset cruises, a la carte menu and bars on both the upper and lower decks insure that everybody enjoys the trip on the lagoon.

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Cruise on the John Benn, Knysna, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Explore an African forest at night

Why visit:

Driving into an African forest at night does not sound like everybody's idea of a good time. In Knysna however you can do just that safely so with the help of experienced guides thanks to Eco Africa Tours. The drives are made in comfortable minibuses and visitors may encounter some species of antelope and maybe a Cape mountain leopard.

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Explore an African forest at night, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Go deep sea fishing

Why visit:

For those who have a passion for fishing Eco Africa tours offer you the opportunity to go out to the deep sea and see what catch you can bring home. They supply all the equipment and bait.

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Go deep sea fishing, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Visit an artist

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Visit Knysna artist Emilio and buy a truly stunning work of art as a momento of your visit. He will even teach you the basics of painting if you visit him at his workshop providing you book before the time.

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Visit an artist, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Amani Spa, Knysna

Why visit:

It is always the right time to be pampered, even while you are on holiday. While in Knysna visit Amani Spa on Thesen Island. They have perfected the art of beauty treatments and taken it to a whole new level.

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Amani Spa, Knysna, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

The Knysna Art studio and gallery

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The Knysna Art studio and gallery is worth a visit. Here you will see works by local artists.

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The Knysna Art studio and gallery, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Knysna Fine Art

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Knysna Fine Art is considered to be one of South Africa’s best art galleries. Works from artists in a variety of media are on display.

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Knysna Fine Art, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Knysna Old Gaol Art Gallery

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The Knysna Old Gaol Art Gallery is definitely worth a visit as well. The gallery was established by the Knysna Arts & Crafts Society to give local artists an opportunity to exhibit their work .

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Knysna Old Gaol Art Gallery, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Feathers of Knysna

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Feathers of Knysna started off as a studio specializing in in wood carvings of birds. They have since extended their range to include ceramic castings of birds, animals and other objects. They works had been acquired by many prestigious companies and people in high places. There certainly is no better place to go to for a momento of your visit.

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Feathers of Knysna, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Knysna Waterfront

Why visit:

The famous Knysna Waterfront is a must visit venue on your trip up the garden route. It offers a great shopping experience and serves as a departure point for those venturing out to sea on luxury and adventure trips.It also has some great restaurants and nightlife spots.

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Knysna Waterfront, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

The town of Plettenberg Bay

Why visit:

Plettenberg Bay: Nestled on the shores of the Plettenberg Bay is a charming town bearing its name. This very popular tourist spot was originally named Bahia Formosa (the beautiful bay) by the early Portuguese explorers. It offers much to see and do for the tourist.

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The town of Plettenberg Bay, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Puzzle Park near Plettenberg Bay

Why visit:

Solve the maze: Puzzle Park near Plettenberg bay. Here you will have to overcome to challenges. The first is a large maze made of wood. The challenge is to find or four corners of the maze and create a clue. The aim is to collect all the clues and then solve a riddle.

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Puzzle Park near Plettenberg Bay, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Central Beach Plettenberg Bay

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Plettenberg Bay has some great beaches and each has its own character. If you just want to wet your toes in some calm seawater then Central beach is just the place for you.

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Central Beach Plettenberg Bay, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Santos Pavillion Restaurant, Mossel Bay

Why visit:

The Santos Pavillion Restaurant. This Pavillion is a reminder of colonial times. It was a meeting place for the townsfolk of Mossel Bay in the 1920s and 30s. The restaurant is a good choice if you feel a little bit peckish. Their menu offers a wide selection and the view is spectacular.

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Santos Pavillion Restaurant, Mossel Bay, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Lets Go Bowling, George

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For a bit of evening relaxation you can visit Lets Go Bowling at the Mountain View resort and lifestyle Village near George . Apart from honing your skills in the bowling alley you can also try your hand at the pool tables.

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Lets Go Bowling, George, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Lookout Beach Plettenberg Bay

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If you are a surfer, head to Lookout Beach in Plettenberg Bay and ride a few big ones.

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Lookout Beach Plettenberg Bay, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

House of Ngamathuba George

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The House of Ngamathuba is an open air market in George where you can get lost in your own world browsing the quality arts and craft on display in the many stalls.

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House of Ngamathuba George, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Bungee Jumping Plettenberg Bay

Why visit:

Jack Flash was known for jumping. So is the Bloukrans Bridge near Plettenberg Bay. In fact it is the highest commercial bungee bridge in the world according to the Guinness book of records. If you are into bungee jumping this is the place for you.

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Bungee Jumping Plettenberg Bay, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Dolphin and whale watching Plettenberg Bay

Why visit:

Ocean Blue Adventure gives you the opportunity to jump on a boat and see some Dolphins and whales up close in the bay while taking in the beauty of the bay and surrounding area. Summer is dolphin season and winter is whale season.

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Dolphin and whale watching Plettenberg Bay, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Birds of Eden Plettenberg Bay

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Birds of Eden bird sanctuary is home to over 3000 birds and if you like to watch and photograph the creatures of the sky dressed in their fine colorful feathers, there is no better place to do it.

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Birds of Eden Plettenberg Bay, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Solve the Maze Plettenberg Bay

Why visit:

Solve the maze at Puzzle Park near Plettenberg bay. Here you will have to overcome two challenges. The first is a large maze made of wood. The challenge is to find all four corners of the maze and create a clue. Collect all the clues and then solve a riddle.

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Solve the Maze Plettenberg Bay, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Build a Puzzle Plettenberg Bay

Why visit:

Take the puzzle walk at Puzzle Park and test your creativity. It takes about 40 to 60 minutes and is good clean family fun.

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Build a Puzzle Plettenberg Bay, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

the Wildcat Experience Plettenberg Bay

Why visit:

Tinikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, Plettenberg Bay, brings you the Wildcat Experience. Here you can see some of the big cats bred in captivity going about their business in a semi-natural environment

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the Wildcat Experience Plettenberg Bay, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Keurbooms River Ferry

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To the east of Plettenberg Bay is the Keurbooms River. A trip on the daily ferry service is a great way to unwind while the guides tell you all about the wildlife in the area.

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Keurbooms River Ferry, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Keurbooms Canoe Trail

Why visit:

Gliding along the water of the Keurbooms River while relaxing in comfort on a ferry may not be challenging enough for many people. In that case the good news is that the Keurbooms Canoe Trail is open all year around. Rent a canoe and test your skills in navigating the relatively calm waters of the river. It is best to do so in the warmer months.

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Keurbooms Canoe Trail, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Robberg Peninsula Nature Reserve

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The rocky Robberg Peninsula Nature Reserve is a hiker’s paradise. It offers three trails of varying distances and difficulty.

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Robberg Peninsula Nature Reserve, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

The Timber Shed

Why visit:

The timber shed is the remains of one of the oldest constructions in Plettenberg Bay. It was erected in 1787 to serve as the storage shed for wood until it could be loaded onto ships. Although most of it has been destroyed over time the ruins have been declared a provincial heritage site.

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The Timber Shed , a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Monkeyland Plettenberg Bay

Why visit:

At the Monkeyland sanctuary to the east of Plettenberg Bay you can see several species of monkeys moving around freely in their natural environment. A visit to this sanctuary includes an hour-long guided Safari on which you can learn or about these playful primates.

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Monkeyland Plettenberg Bay, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Weaving Museum

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Old Nick Village houses a working weaving museum using power looms from the 19th century to produce and sample fabrics for Mungo Design. This Museum is open daily for viewing.

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Weaving Museum , a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Mungo Design

Why visit:

Mungo Design in Old Nick village is a textile company that produces products with a difference. Its founder Stuart Holding has learned the trade in a time when the traditional methods of power looming were still used and these days he combines his knowledge of the traditional and the modern to create quality woven fabrics.

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Mungo Design, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Learn Hand Spinning

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Martie is a hand spinner and she says she will teach anyone how to hand spin. You will find her in the Old Nick Village, Plettenberg Bay.

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Learn Hand Spinning, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Ruby Soul Psychedelicatessen

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Ruby Soul psychedelicatessen is one of those unique shops that you will find in the Nick Village. Here you will find fresh hand made soap, essential oils and much more made from natural ingredients.

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Ruby Soul Psychedelicatessen, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Moonstone Plettenberg Bay

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Moonstone, Old Nick Village. This is a place that is difficult to leave without buying at least a little something. It has beautiful crystals and gorgeous new jewelry from around the world as well as books on the subject of crystals.

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Moonstone Plettenberg Bay, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Market Square Plettenberg Bay

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The Market Square in Plettenberg Bay is in the form of a strip mall and it has a wide variety of shops and restaurants. There are two supermarkets, clothing stores, gift stores and many others.

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Market Square Plettenberg Bay, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Nightspots in Plettenberg Bay

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For some night entertainment in Plettenberg Bay you can visit one of several nightclubs or bars. Flashbacks and Cubar are popular bars. Spotlight and VIP are nightclubs where you can dance the night away.

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Nightspots in Plettenberg Bay, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Zinzi Restaurant Plettenberg Bay

Why visit:

If you are looking for a great place to eat in Plettenberg Bay then Zinzi restaurant is your answer. It is situated in Harkerville. The atmosphere is a lively, the decor is stylish and the menu abundant and varied. This place has earned truckloads full of great reviews on the Internet.

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Zinzi Restaurant Plettenberg Bay, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Bramon Wine Estate Restaurant

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A restaurant worth looking at if you enjoy a glass of wine with your meal is the Bramon Wine Estate Restaurant in The Crag, Plettenberg Bay.

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Bramon Wine Estate Restaurant, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Nguni restaurant

Why visit:

If your taste buds cry out for the taste of traditional South African food then try the Bobotie or Ostrich at Nguni restaurant in Crescent Street, Plettenberg Bay. It is a beautifully decorated restaurant with delicious food and good service.

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Nguni restaurant, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

The Old Nick midweek market

Why visit:

Housed in an original trading settlement of the 19th century and set in a garden environment the Old Nick Midweek Market, also referred to as the outdoor supermarket has become an integral part of town life in Plettenberg Bay. It offers fresh and organic food as well as some safe homemade cleaning materials.

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The Old Nick midweek market, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Learn to surf

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Looking at surfers gliding through the waves can sometimes be very tempting. But what if you have even been on surf board before? In Plettenberg Bay you can go to Jamin Surf School for some quick lessons from professional surfers and very soon you may be able to enjoy the many different surf spots along the garden route to the full.

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Learn to surf, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Adventureland, Plettenberg Bay

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Plettenberg Bay is a magical water land. Take the kids to Adventureland to experience this world of enchantment. Adventureland features seven different rides that is enough fun to keep the sparkle in their eyes for weeks.

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Adventureland, Plettenberg Bay, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Sea Kayaking

Why visit:

Sea Kayaking is a great idea if you are adventurous and would like to pedal your way through the sea waves in a world where dolphins, seals, whales and hammerhead sharks rule. Dolphin Adventures in Plettenberg Bay make this possible and send their experienced guides with you. You don't need any paddling experience.

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Sea Kayaking, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Buffalo Hills Game Lodge

Why visit:

Animals big and animals small – that is what the Buffalo Hills game lodge has to offer. Interrupt your journey down the garden route and get a taste of Africa's wildlife at its best.

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Buffalo Hills Game Lodge , a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Harkerville Saturday Market

Why visit:

If you find yourself in Plettenberg Bay on a lazy Saturday morning head down to the Harkerville Saturday Market. Take a look around and browse around the many stalls and take home some freshly baked tasty treats to keep you nibbling through the weekend.

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Harkerville Saturday Market, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

The Hog Hollow Horse Trails

Why visit:

The Hog Hollow horse trails Plettenberg Bay is an opportunity to discover the Tsitsikamma on horseback. Riders have stunning views of the rugged Tsitsikamma coastline, and the chances of spotting whales, dolphins and the occasional otter are good.

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The Hog Hollow Horse Trails, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

The Girls Restaurant Wilderness

Why visit:

This is a great restaurant run by two great ladies. The flavorful magic that they work has earned the restaurant many awards.

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The Girls Restaurant Wilderness, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

The Wolf Sanctuary

Why visit:

Want to meet Timber Wolves, Black Backed Jackals, and African Wild Dogs up close? The Wolf Sanctuary between Plettenberg Bay and Knysna will give you that opportunity. This is your chance to get some really great wildlife photographs.

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The Wolf Sanctuary, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

The Storms River

Why visit:

The Storms River: The Storms River runs through the Tsitsikamma National Park, making it the ideal place for water adventures and forest hiking trails.

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The Storms River, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

The Otter hiking trail

Why visit:

South Africa's most popular hiking trail, the Otter Trail starts at the Storms River mouth rest camp. It is a five-day hike through the Tsitsikamma National Park. On the first and last days the going is easy but the middle part can be very tough. The scenery is magnificent.

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The Otter hiking trail, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Kayak and Lilo Adventure

Why visit:

At Storms River you can enjoy action -filled adventure in the water by taking part in the kayak and lilo adventure. The trip takes visitors from the suspension bridge up the river to the so called Historic Caves. From there they leave the kayaks and explore deeper into the river on inflatable lilo mattresses.

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Kayak and Lilo Adventure, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Tsitsikamma Treetop Canopy Tour

Why visit:

Steel cables up to 30 m above the ground connect some of the trees in the beautiful Tsitsikamma, forest. What has that got to do with the tourist visiting the area? Simple, he or she can use those cables to slide from treetop to treetop for an adrenaline-filled bird’s eye view of the forest floor. Oh yes, you do get to wear a harness.

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Tsitsikamma Treetop Canopy Tour, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Travel with a difference

Why visit:

Want to travel with a difference? You can explore this quaint little town of Storms River as well as the surrounding forest on a personal transporter from Segway Off-road Eco-tours.

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Travel with a difference, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

The Dolphin hiking trail

Why visit:

The Dolphin hiking trail is one of the best hiking trial options that you will find on the entire garden route. The tour is over two days and hikers have an amazing view of the coastline all the way. The chances are good that you will spot some dolphins playing in the water as well as one or two of the big boys of the sea – the whales.

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The Dolphin hiking trail , a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Explore Tsitsikamma by bike

Why visit:

If the idea of exploring the Titsikama national Park on foot or or horseback does not appeal to you you can always do your sightseeing from a mountain bike. Bikes and packages are available from several places in Storms River.

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Explore Tsitsikamma by bike, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

The Tsitsikamma Woodcutter’s tour

Why visit:

The Tsitsikamma Woodcutter’s tour. This is by far the most comfortable way to see the forest. You will be taken along the elephant trail in the comfort of a specially designed vehicle to a picnic site where you can enjoy the lunch or tea before heading back.

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The Tsitsikamma Woodcutter’s tour, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Tsitsikamma's naughty tour

Why visit:

If you are feeling a little bit on the naughty side, then Tsisikamma also has a hiking trail just for you. It is called the Striptease River Trail. Be warned: it may include a bit of skinny dipping. The idea is that you hike from pool to pool. These have some interesting names such as Bikini, Topless, Boobs and G-string

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Tsitsikamma

Black Water Tubing

Why visit:

An activity that is growing in popularity in the Storms River is black water tubing. This is meant for the true adventurer and can be physically rather demanding. It is an adventure lasting four to five hours and including activities such as tubi paddling, tube tipping, balancing, swimming, walking, and jumping from rock to rock.

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Black Water Tubing, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Radical Raptors

Why visit:

Radical Raptors Plettenberg Bay is a rehabilitation centre for birds of prey. Once rehabilitated most birds are released back into the wild, Those that cannot be released stay at the centre and you are free to walk around and take photographs.

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Radical Raptors, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

The Ochre Barn Mossel Bay

Why visit:

The Ochre Barn next to the museum complex in Mossel Bay is a must visit. The 18th century building is old but the surprises it contains are always fresh and exciting. Here you will find shells, gemstones, jewelry and many more.

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The Ochre Barn Mossel Bay, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Santos Beach

Why visit:

If you like to swim in the great blue ocean then you will enjoy Santos Beach in Mossel Bay. It is wide, sandy and very safe to swim in. It is located close to some restaurants and other local attractions.

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Santos Beach, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Nature’s Valley Beach

Why visit:

A community which is very determined to keep the destruction that often comes with development at bay is Nature's Valley. It is part of the Tsitsikamma nature reserve. Nature's Valley Beach is a picture of peace and tranquility. It is a great place to swim and fish.

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Nature’s Valley Beach, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Lighthouse Restaurant

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Looking for a great place to have a bite to eat? Mossel Bay has several excellent restaurants. One you may try is the Lighthouse Restaurant offering a variety of tasty temptations including some truly South African dishes.

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Lighthouse Restaurant, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

The De Vasselot Rest camp

Why visit:

The De Vasselot rest camp in Nature’s Valley is a wildlife photographers dream. Here you realize what it means to become one with nature

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The De Vasselot Rest camp, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Scuba Diving in Storms River

Why visit:

Go to Untouched Adventures in Storms River for a guided.dive of the Storms River mouth. You will see a variety of fish species such as Red Romans, Blacktails and Sandsharks in this colorful underwater wonderland.

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Scuba Diving in Storms River, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Tsitsikamma

Why visit:

The Tsitsikamma National Park is a place of mountains, forests valleys and rivers. It also covers a stretch of ocean A lot of work goes into the conservation of endangered species on land and in the sea. The park offers many cultural heritage sites such as caves, graves and ruins making a walk into Tsitsikamma an interesting experience.

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Tsitsikamma, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Swim with the Seals

Why visit:

In Plettenberg Bay you can swim with the seals. Go on a trip with Offshore Adventures to the Robberg Peninsula, dive down and see these friendly, inquisitive creatures in their natural environment.

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Swim with the Seals, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Seven Passes route

Why visit:

Taking the N2 national road to see the garden route is a comfortable and easy ride. If you want to experience it on the road less traveled consider turning off the N2 between Knysna and George on the so-called Seven Passes route. It is an old gravel road but user-friendly and just the thing for those with an adventurous spirit.

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Seven Passes route, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa

Gericke's Point

Why visit:

If you want to know what exactly a fossilized sand dune is, head over to Gericke's Point in Sedgefield. The fossilized dunes there are the highest in the world. When the tides are in your favor you can take a beach walk to get there. They do not look like your normal sand dunes but are more like honeycombed sandstone covered in vegetation.

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Gericke

Plettenberg Bay Caves

Why visit:

Deep inside the Earth of the Robberg Peninsula near Plettenberg Bay lies the story of life in much earlier times. Artifacts found by archaeologists at the Nelson Bay and Matjes River caves are seen as evidence that humans lived in the area as early as 200,000 years ago.

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Plettenberg Bay Caves, a tour attraction in The Garden Route South Africa


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