Adventures at THE GARDEN ROUTE
Explore nature and the national park’s beautiful scenery
THE Garden Route, stretching over the Southern and Eastern Cape, attracts thousands of visitors and is a paradise for tourists. Taking the road through the Garden Route National Park will leave you in awe of the natural beauty found in this part of South Africa. The Garden Route National Park is made up of the Wilderness, Knysna and Tsitsikamma sections. Here you will find affordable accommodation and a variety of fun activities for the whole family.
The Tsitsikamma section is 615 km from Cape Town and 195 km from Port Elizabeth. The Storms River Mouth Rest Camp and Nature’s Valley are found in the Tsitsikamma section and they are both ideal if you’re longing for a perfect vacation of rest, adventure and beautiful natural scenery.
A stone’s throw from the Tsitsikamma section, between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, you’ll find the picturesque Garden of Eden – the perfect opportunity to stretch your legs and have a picnic in the woods. The area is wheel chair friendly, with wooden walkways and bridges.
The comfortable and affordable accommodation, surrounded by the idyllic natural beauty, makes the Garden Route National Park one of the most popular destinations for tourists.
The sea is almost at the doorstep of the accommodation units and the landscape is breathtakingly beautiful. Different accommodation options are available:
Family housing units with two bedrooms, an open plan living area and a fully equipped kitchen.
Bush huts with one bedroom and living area. You have an option between a hut with a bathroom and one without a bathroom.
Romantic honeymoon units with an open plan bathroom and living room, located right next to the water with a calming and romantic view over the sea.
The glamping wooden units (glamourous camp accommodation) at Nature’s Valley are something you have to experience. The self-catering units, overlooking the forest, are equipped with the basic necessities you’ll need to camp in style. You’ll have a true camping experience, with a river rippling by in the background.
These units are well equipped with everything you may need to make your getaway experience extra special and unforgettable. Some of the units are located on the river bank and you can relax while observing the animals on the opposite side of the river. You will be blown away by the variety of bird species you’ll observe when you take a sundowner boat cruise down the river, enjoying snacks and drinks.
Stay the night at the four-star Harkerville Treetop Chalet with two bedrooms, each with its
own bathroom. This stylish chalet has a fireplace inside and outside, a dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer, DStv, telephone and alarm system.
The Diepwalle Tent Units are located on a wooden deck. There are braai areas and there is also a fridge, washing machine and tumble dryer.
Except for the lush green landscape, Knysna has another unique tourist attraction. Visit the sea horse tanks at the Knysna Thesen Island offices to view the endangered sea horse. This sea horse is found in the Knysna, Keurbooms and Swartvlei estuaries and nowhere else on earth. The Knysna sea horse is listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List. Both Tsitsikamma and Wilderness offer special rates for stokvels. See competition page for more details.
The adventurous can explore the Storms River on kayak or lilo tours. The experienced team will ensure that you’re safe while having a blast.
Get up close to the marine life by taking part in the fantastic snorkelling and scuba activities.
The high hanging bridge over the Storms River mouth is 77 metres long. It was constructed in 1969 and is still one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Tsitsikamma area.
Experience a canopy tour and view the forest from the tree tops, accompanied by a trained tour guide. Glide from one tree to another by cable and enjoy the view.
Other activities include hiking trails through picturesque parks, canoeing and fishing, mountain biking or picnicking.
You can also visit the spectacular Big Tree, an 800-year-old Yellowwood tree reaching a height of 36,6 metres.
Visiting the Garden Route National Park will give you a chance to connect with nature
Boat cruises are just some of the many activities offered at the park The spacious and luxurious rooms will ensure that you feel at home
There are plenty of activities to keep you entertained throughout your stay