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Getting to the Garden Route
Primary airport Port Elizabeth
Flight time approx 13 hours
Time difference GMT +2
Entry details (for British nationals) UK passport holders don’t require a visa for stays of up to 90 days. Passports need at least 6 months validity from your date of entry, plus at least two consecutive blank pages. All children under 18 require an unabridged birth certificate - those not travelling with both parents require additional paperwork Before you depart, check the latest travel advice at www.fco.gov.uk.
Port Elizabeth City Tour
Explore the historical sites of Port Elizabeth and learn about the colourful history from the arrival of the Portuguese in 1488 to the landing of the 1820 British Settlers.
- Prices from £39 per person
Addo Elephant National Park Tour
A wonderful opportunity to enjoy a close experience with the world's largest land animal. The Addo Elephant National Park Tour offers some of the most spectacular elephant viewing in the world.
- Prices from £110 per person
Contact Darren to discuss your holiday plans
or call 020 8989 0970
Darren, your guide to the Garden Route from Escape Worldwide.
“This part of South Africa is spectacular - driving is easy, and my favourite area is Knysna”
What to do on the Garden Route
It’s all about the scenery on the Garden Route so allow plenty of time to take it all in - having your own car really opens things up here. Take a boat trip on the lagoon at Knysna, watch dolphins in the surf at Wilderness, ride an ostrich inland at Oudtshoorn or hike a trail in Tsitkikamma. Then there’s the fabulous food and great value wine, of course!
Where to stay on the Garden Route
There’s a wide selection of hotel options along the Garden Route in most towns, with Knysna, George and Plettenberg Bay having most options. Inland, Oudtshoorn has a good selection of accommodation. Many properties in this area are small and individual, combining charm and character with personal service.
Holiday ideas to the Garden Route
A fly-drive is by far the best way to take in the Garden Route - start in Port Elizabeth and head west towards Cape Town, or vice versa. If you prefer to reduce driving distances it’s worth considering flying between George and Cape Town and just focusing on the heart of the Garden Route, although this will skip highlights such as Arniston and Hermanus!
Stretching along the coast from Mossel Bay in the west to Storms River in the east, the Garden Route is one of the best known journeys in the Southern Hemisphere, and for good reason. Here you will find secluded coves, quaint coastal towns plus rivers, lakes and forests. Inland and making up a vast region of the Western Cape Province, Route 62 and the Karoo is an area of wide open spaces, mountain ranges, quaint Victorian country towns and ‘Big 5’ game viewing.
|Cape Town & the Winelands|
|Cape Town, Whale Coast & Winelands|
|Cape Town & Garden Route|
|Garden Route in Detail|
|Cape Town, Garden Route & Safari|
|Eastern Cape Safari & the Garden Route|
|Introduction to the Western Cape|
|Western Cape in Detail|
|Kruger & Cape Town|
|Kruger, the Garden Route & Cape Town|
|Kruger, Panorama Route & Cape Town|
|Kruger, Panorama Route & KwaZulu-Natal|
|KwaZulu-Natal - Mountains, Battlefields, Wildlife & Coast|
|Cape Town & Mauritius|
|Cape Town & Mozambique|
|Victoria Falls, Cape Town & Garden Route|
|Victoria Falls, Cape Town, Garden Route & Safari|
|Dubai, Cape Town & Garden Route|
|Dubai, Cape Town, Garden Route & Safari|
|Winelands & Western Cape|
|Safari Game Reserves|
|Durban & KwaZulu-Natal|
|see all hotels|
|Knysna - Belvidere Manor|
|Knysna - Protea Hotel Knysna Quays|
|Knysna - Rex Hotel|
|Knysna - St James of Knysna|
|Knysna - Turbine Hotel|
|Plettenberg Bay - Hog Hollow Country Lodge|
|Plettenberg Bay - The Plettenberg|
|Plettenberg Bay - The Robberg|
|Plettenberg Bay - Whalesong Hotel|
|George - Oubaai Hotel|
|George - Protea Hotel King George|
|Mossel Bay - Botlierskop Game Reserve|
|Wilderness - Views Boutique Hotel|
|Oudtshoorn - De Zeekoe|
|Oudtshoorn - Mooiplaas Guest House|
|Karoo - Altes Landhaus|
|Tsitsikamma - Tsitsikamma Village inn|
|Addo Elephant Park - Elephant House|
|Port Elizabeth - The Beach Hotel|
|Port Elizabeth - Protea Hotel Marine|
|Port Elizabeth - Radisson Blu|