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Garden Route, South Africa

The world-famous Garden route hosts everything…

…from incredible white sand beaches, bungee jumping off the world’s highest bridge, scenic wilderness areas to five-star malaria-free game reserves.
Rent a car and drive yourself or be driven by a professional tour guide alongside the east coast of South Africa.

The Garden Route start in Cape Town and end in the Port Elizabeth area.

  • Start off in Hermanus where whale watching is incredible from June to November, this is area is rated in the top 12 places for whale watching in the world.
  • Pass through Oudtshoorn where you may experience the Cango Caves, Ostrich riding and Karoo landscapes. George has a great selection of the best golf courses in the country should you feel like a swing with the irons.
  • Knysna well known for its fresh oysters offers incredible nature hikes and beach dining.
  • After all the adventures of the Garden Route end off with a three-night safari experience at one of our selected ‘Big 5’ game reserves where you will pampered into another world filled with luxury, safari and relaxation.

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Hotels in Garden Route, South Africa

Altes Landhaus

Cradled in the fertile Schoemanshoek Valley of South Africa’s Little Karoo, a stately Cape Dutch style homestead awaits to introduce you to the beauty and charm that is Altes Landhaus. Leisurely walks around the scenic grounds provide many an opportunity to admire the indigenous birdlife, or the farms own ostriches.
The homestead was built a hundred years ago, and served as rectory to the local church from the 1950's. Heinz and Helen Meyer bought the farm in 1994, endeavouring to restore its historic splendour. Antique furnishings and tasteful decor ring true to the homestead's Victorian past, while oregon pine floorboards and high-beamed ceilings reflect its rustic surroundings. With great care and dedication, they have recreated an elegant tribute to colonial country living. Leisurely walks around the scenic grounds provide many an opportunity to admire the indigenous birdlife, or visit the neighbouring wine estates.

Amakhala Game Reserve

This 7,500 ha reserve is renowned for its truly awesome topography, created by the slowly meandering Bushman’s River running through it.
Not only do we offer the much sought after Big 5, but there are over 16 antelope species, zebra, giraffe and many other small interesting species. Our elephant sightings are likely to be the highlight of your stay. In addition to game drives, we also offer boat cruises and guided walks. The Amakhala Heritage Collection of Lodges are each owner managed and unique, offering a wide variety of accommodation and personalized style. We are proud to offer you the superb Amakhala service and famous hospitality.
Guided by experienced rangers, you can return to nature and explore the diverse wildlife and the rugged landscapes of the Eastern Cape valley and bushveld on Amakhala Game Reserve. This bush experience will create memories, which will linger as long as the African sun sets.
Morning and evening game drives in open Land Rovers through Amakhala Game Reserve will leave you in awe of the diverse vegetation and spectacular scenery which abounds here. For a change of pace, enjoy bird watching and game spotting whilst gently cruising down the Bushman’s River. Refreshment breaks have been included to make your safari experience that much more enjoyable.
Amakhala Game Reserve has been awarded the voluntary label by Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa (FTTSA). Based on adherence to specific criteria such as fair wages and working conditions, fair distribution of benefits, ethical business practice, and respect for human rights, culture and the environment, the FTTSA label is an independent endorsement of fair and responsible tourism practise in South Africa.

Beach Hotel

Enjoy awe inspiring beach and sea views and spectacular sunsets from the comfort of your spacious hotel room or self catering apartment.
Beach Hotel is ideally situated on Durban’s Beachfront and is located in close proximity to major attractions like the Durban International Convention Centre, Suncoast Casino and uShaka Marine World, in the epicentre of all the excitement that Durban has to offer, and a mere sea spray away from the new majestic world class Moses Mabhida Soccer Stadium.

Tsala Treetop Lodge

Set amidst the treetops of an age-old indigenous forest, Emulating the monumental ruins of an ancient central African civilisation, the impressive stone-masonry entrance flanked by water features leads into a magnificent foyer supported by polished Blackwood columns.
The afro-baroque décor with its earthy colours, rich textures and handcrafted fittings draws inspiration from the diverse cultures of Africa, yet remains integrated with the sophistication of the Western world. Whether from the exotically appointed dining room, the intimate glassed-in lounge, or the large open decks high above the forest floor, the views are all breathtakingly beautiful, encompassing lush forests extending across rolling valleys towards distant hills.

The Plettenberg

Situated on a rocky headland in one of South Africa's most spectacular beach towns.
This property, with 35 individually decorated rooms and suites, showcases the most breathtaking vistas in Southern Africa with views of the ocean, mountains and endless stretches of golden beach.
The Plettenberg is situated in the heart of Plettenberg Bay, along the adventure–rich Garden Route which is world–renowned for its excellent selection of outdoor activities. From regular dolphin and whale sightings to bungee jumping, treetop canopy tours and other more daring pursuits in the surrounding countryside, The Plettenberg is the ideal place to relax and unwind, recharge and reinvigorate.

Shamwari Game Reserve

Shamwari Game Reserve is one of the most successful private conservation initiatives in Southern Africa coupled with responsible tourism and the most luxurious means of experiencing your African safari adventure.
Situated in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, Shamwari Game Reserve is the malaria-free, safari holiday you’ve been searching for. Accommodating family, friends or business associates, our facilities, coupled with our spectacular location and passion for the environment, make this an unforgettable destination.

Shamwari Game Reserve incorporates 6 luxury lodges, all of which are 5 star graded. Each one, has its’ own unique energy and essence, designed in harmony with their surroundings, where guests can experience nature in supreme comfort.

Pumba Game Reserve

Awake to the sounds of the African bush veld as the sun makes its appearance on the horizon bringing with it the prospect of another perfect day. Eco friendly Pumba, a proud member of the Green Leaf Conservation Initiative, is set in the malaria-free Eastern Cape and provides an intimate African safari experience never to be forgotten.
The reserve is home to Africa’s Big Five as well as rare white lion, hippo, hyena, cheetah, giraffes, various antelope and more than 300 bird species. Feel the heartbeat of nature as you explore the reserve in custom landrovers or on guided walking safaris.

Lairds Lodge

Laze your way through languid afternoons on one of several verandahs or in any of the sheltered courtyards where homemade iced tea is served with our compliments; the secluded swimming pool too is particularly inviting while beautifully landscaped gardens offer opportunity for a leisurely stroll. Indoors, the front lounge with its comfortable couches, small library, complimentary internet access, wood burning fireplace, and satellite television provides an alternative backdrop to a cup of tea and the day’s decadent cake, or something stronger. And the brandy lounge has cozy seating arrangements ideal for enjoying an aged after dinner brandy or whiskey, along with a separate large screen television area for the sports enthusiast.

Kariega Game Reserve

This internationally renowned malaria-free “Big-5” family owned and operated private game reserve is set in 10,000 hectares of pristine African wilderness incorporating the picturesque Kariega and Bushman’s Rivers, just 10 minutes from Kenton-on-sea and 80 minutes from Port Elizabeth.
Situated in the heart of 1820 Settler Country, the reserve is a natural extension to Cape Town and South Africa’s famous Garden Route.
Kariega offers a combination of “Big-5” and general game viewing and an expansive variety of fauna, flora and bird life in a landscape that spans across 5 different eco systems offering the most dramatic views and vistas. The result is very powerful and truly unique to Kariega.

Hunters Country House

Fragrant and colorful, Hunter’s’ luxuriant gardens create an idyllic setting for this opulent retreat in the heart of the Garden Route.
hunters-country-house_300x300Hunter’s Country House 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.
Probably one of the fist things that guests notice about Hunter’s is the sense of “home”.

Hog Hollow

Suite: double or twin bedded/private wooden deck, cozy fireplaces.
Family suite: master bedroom upstairs with en-suite bathroom. Downstairs in the lounge a double sleeper couch and ottoman (made up in the evening for children) for a maximum of 2 children aged 12 and under
The Villa at Hog Hollow Country Lodge is situated 400m from the main lodge on our private nature reserve, with breathtaking views over the indigenous Tsitsikamma Forest and Mountains. Suitable for a family of 6 or 2 couples travelling together

Gorah Elephant Camp

The thrill of quietly watching a herd of elephants stroll by, while sipping tea on the veranda of a stately colonial manor house is the unforgettable stuff of dreams.
This exclusive lodge recaptures the romantic mystique of authentic safaris from centuries past. Experience the breathtaking natural world of Africa merged with colonial nostalgia and modern sophistication, to deliver an unforgettably unique 5 star adventure. Gorah is the only private concession and Camp situated in the middle of the famous Addo Elephant National Park, home to the densest population of elephants on earth. Gorah is malaria-free and has the Big 5.
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