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
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
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 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
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.
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
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
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.
Kariega Game Reserve
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
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”.
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
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.