OVERVIEW

The Garden Route is a stunning region along the southern cape, comprising a virgin shoreline with beaches and bays, densely forested mountains, winding rivers and serene inland lakes, stretching from close to Cape Town in the west to near Port Elizabeth in the east.

The region’s highlights include George , the picture perfect town at the foot of the Outeniqua Mountains; Oudtshoorn, off the main route, on the Grobbelaars river , with the spectacular Cango Caves ; Knysna, set on a wide lagoon that opens to the sea and home to unique marine and bird species; Tsitsikamma National Park , Africa’s largest marine reserve with some dramatic hiking trails; Plettenberg Bay, the gateway to several attractions including the Eden Bird Sanctuary, a sea adventure with an opportunity to see dolphins, sharks and whales; And for a private, luxurious and boutique safari experience, the Gondwana reserve.

All this can be combined with some fabulous golf courses such as the four gems at the luxurious Fancourt* and the Ernie Els designed Oubaai in and around George; Pinnacle Point in Mossel Bay; Simola and the challenging Pezula in Knysna and quite a few more.

*The courses at Fancourt (except Bramble Hill) can only be played by members & their guests & hotel guests.

BEST TIME TO GOLF IN GARDEN ROUTE: Garden Route can be visited anytime during the year too with the ideal months being between February to April. However, rain here is a little unpredictable and can occur anytime during the year. The Whale Watching season begins in July and runs through to October.

Type of Climate: Mediterranean climate

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THINGS TO DO

Considered one of the most beautiful regions in South Africa, it is simply a pleasure to just drive through the region. There are a number of activities you can indulge in like mountain biking, bird watching, deep sea fishing, shark cage diving, ocean sailing, hiking and many more.

USEFUL INFO

GETTING THERE: The Garden Route is to the East of Cape Town along the Indian Ocean. The nearest International airport is in Cape Town & many airlines fly into the city. Some domestic airlines fly into George & Port Elizabeth which are in the Garden Route region.

By Road: The Garden Route is a beautiful drive and travelling by road is highly recommended. You can travel by car or buses and the drive from Cape Town will take approximately 5.5 hours.

CURRENCY: Rand (ZAR) | Avg Currency Value: 1 USD = 13 ZAR (Currency Converter)

VISA: Nationals of many countries do not require a visa to enter South Africa for stays of up to 90 days, 30 days or as specified for certain countries. Visit the South African Department of Home Affairs website for more information.