A COASTAL ADVENTURE
Enjoy the beauty of nature and get your adrenalin pumping in the Garden Route National Park
THE Garden Route, which stretches across the southwestern coast of the Western and Eastern Cape, is a true paradise for tourists that attracts large numbers of visitors each month.
The road through the Garden Route National Park will leave you breathless, as you take in this beautiful corner of South Africa.
The Garden Route National Park encompasses the Wilderness, Knysna and Tsitsikamma regions. Here you’ll find affordable accommodation and various fun activities for the entire family.
The Tsitsikamma section of the park is 615km from Cape Town and 195km from Port Elizabeth.
The Storms River Mouth and Nature’s Valley rest camps in the Tsitsikamma section offer ideal holidays for anyone looking for rest, adventure and unbelievable natural beauty.
Just a short distance from Tsitsikamma, between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, is the picture-perfect Garden of Eden walk – the perfect opportunity to stretch your legs and enjoy a picnic in the forest.
It’s wheelchair-friendly, with wooden paths and bridges.
Comfortable and affordable accommodation surrounded by idyllic landscapes make the Garden Route National Park a popular holiday destination.
Storms River Mouth and Nature’s Valley rest camps The sea is a stone’s throw away from the accommodation and the unbelievable landscape is a feast for the eyes.
There are different types of accommodation:
Family cottages – two bedrooms (sleeps four people). These also boast a living area with a fully fitted kitchen.
Bush huts – one bedroom (sleeps two) and a living area. You have an option between a hut with or without a bathroom.
Honeymoon units – a romantic getaway for two. It consists of an open-plan bathroom, a lounge and is right on the water’s edge with a calming view of the ocean.
Wood units – camp accommodation for glampers (glamorous campers). These units at Nature’s Valley are something to experience.
They look out over the bush and are fitted with everything you'll need to camp in style. The nearby river and surrounding leafy green forest will ensure you still get that real feel of nature.
WILDERNESS Ebb & Flow rest camp
This camp is well-equipped with everything you’ll need to make your getaway special. Some of the units are set right on the riverbank so you can relax and watch the animals on the opposite bank.
Birdlife in the area is abundant – see how many varieties you can spot as you enjoy a sunset boat cruise with snacks.
Diepwalle and Harkerville
Chalet – you can overnight in the fourstar Harkerville Treetop chalet. It has two double bedrooms, each with its own bathroom.
This stylish chalet has an indoor and outdoor braai area, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer, DStv, a telephone and an alarm system.
Tented units – The Diepwalle Forest Camp has tented units on a wooden deck. There are braai and dining areas, electric points, communal ablution facilities with hot water, a communal fridge, washing machine and tumble dryer.
Apart from the lush landscape and comfy accommodation, Knysna boasts unique tourist attractions.
Visit the seahorse tanks at the Knysna Thesen Island offices to see Knysna’s own threatened seahorse species. This seahorse is found in the Knysna, Keurbooms and Swartvlei river mouths and nowhere else in the world.
It's listed as a threatened species on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s red list of threatened species – the first seahorse in the world to be considered a protected species.
Adventure junkies can explore the waters on Storms River kayak or lilo tours. Experienced group guides will make sure you enjoy yourself and stay safe.
Get acquainted with sea life in the area by enjoying a fantastic snorkel and scuba experience.
The suspension bridge over the waters of the Storms River is 77m long. It was built in 1969 and is still one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Tsitsikamma area.
Go on a zip-line canopy tour and see the forest from on high under the watchful eye of a tour guide.
Other activities include hiking though the picture-perfect park, canoeing, fishing, mountain biking or picnicking.
Pay a visit to the spectacular Big Tree, an 800-year-old yellowwood tree that's 36,6m tall.
Kayaking Bush hut interior
The Big Tree
Birdwatching in the Wilderness
Family cottage interior