WHY VISIT THE GARDEN ROUTE
A slow drive that snakes its way along the coast taking in splendid scenery en route
Take a marine trip to view Bryde’s and Humpback Whales and Common, Humpback and Bottlenose Dolphins
Visit Oudtshoorn and the famous Cango Caves and Ostrich farms
Walk in Tsitsikamma National Park under the giant 600-year old Outeniqua Yellow Wood trees
FEATURED LODGES AND CAMPS OF THE GARDEN ROUTE
Perched high on the magnificent seaside cliffs above Hermanus, the Birkenhead House, overlooks the whale watching paradise of Walker Bay. Hermanus’ best beaches are just a few steps away. This lodge is very special in the winter months, when Southern Right Whales can be viewed at your doorstep.
Grootbos Forest Lodge
Grootbos is set in a beautiful mountain range close to the world-renowned whale watching town of Hermanus. The reserve is not a big-five game reserve but is well-known for its spectacular fynbos biome. The 16 freestanding luxury suites are carefully embedded in the ancient Milkwood forest. Grootbos is a LONG RUN certified Global Ecosphere Retreat®, this is one of the most rigorous sustainability standards in tourism. As a LONG RUN member we work in partnership with Global Ecosphere Retreats® in using travel as a force for good.
Hunter’s Country House
Hunter’s Country House is perfectly located between Plettenberg Bay and Knysna in the heart of the Garden Route. Individual thatched and non-thatched cottages are located in the country style gardens. This small comfortable hotel has a sense of home. Hunter’s combines gracious elegance with sheer comfort; and impeccable service with warm hospitality. Far from the madding crowd, yet conveniently close to a wide variety of leisure activities.
Rosenhof Country House
This charming 5 star “bed and breakfast” is a family run affair on the outskirts of Oudtshoorn and is undoubtedly the finest establishment in the region. The homestead (circa 1852) has been beautifully restored with a selection of antique furnishings. For foodies there is no better place to eat, the fine dining menu is exceptional. The location is perfect for those wanting to visit the Cango Caves and Ostrich Farms of the area.