Holidays to the Garden Route

Spend a holiday along South Africa's world-famous Garden Route and discover a sunny stretch of beautiful Cape coastline.

Just a few hours' drive from South Africa's iconic Cape Town, you'll find the Garden Route. This sunny stretch of beautiful coastline has a mix of indigenous forests, serene lagoons, wide sandy beaches, and charming seaside towns. Ideal for family holidays, the Garden Route is a haven for those who love the great outdoors and nature. This destination combines an unforgettable African adventure with a classic family holiday that wouldn't be complete without whale watching, elephant riding and a visit to a bird or monkey sanctuary. Holidays to the Garden Route have long been a favourite destination for honeymooners, romantics and families alike, with plentiful and varied accommodation to suit just about anyone. Choose from spacious child-friendly guest houses and luxury accommodation on a golf course to luxury tree houses and beachside hotels.

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Garden Route Travel Information

There are direct flights available between UK airports and South Africa. 

  • Currency: South African Rand 
  • Time difference: (GMT+2) 
  • Flight from UK: 12 hours 
  • VisaNone needed for British passport holders.  
  • Language: English, Afrikaans, Zulu 
  • National drink: Locally brewed beer 
  • National dish: Bobotie 
 The Garden Route area is malaria-free.
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Garden Route Activities


Known as South Africa's "Garden of Eden", the Garden Route offers a bounty of things to do and places to see for all ages. Outdoor activities are the norm with swimming, scuba diving, hiking, golf, and watersports readily available. Other activities include canopy zipline tours, elephant back rides, wine tasting, ostrich rides, river rafting, brewery tours, museum tours, beach walks, oyster tasting, visits to a variety of animal sanctuaries, or even a safari.

Garden Route Food & Drink


Luxury Garden Route holidays offer the chance to experience a variety of fine foods, local wines and brewed beers. Take the time to savour bobotie, a spicy South African dish, or fresh seafood such as the world-famous Knysna oysters. The Garden Route offers a variety of fine dining and award-winning restaurants, some of which are amongst the most gourmet in the world. Look forward to an assortment of dining opportunities from laid-back steakhouses, to fancy seaside restaurants.

Garden Route Attractions


The fun doesn't stop along the Garden Route. The region offers an abundance of natural beauty and the chance to experience the diversity of South Africa's plants and animals. Walk amongst free-roaming monkeys at Monkeyland, enjoy elephant experiences at Addo Elephant National Park, or see the Big Five at Shamwari Game Reserve. Walk through the world's largest free-flight aviary at Birds of Eden or walk a cheetah at sunrise at Tenikwa Wildlife Centre.

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