OUR GEM ON THE

GARDEN ROUTE

Adventure

  • Adventure Tours
  • Biking
  • Bungy
  • Shark-Cage Diving
  • Paragliding

Golf

  • George
  • Knysna
  • Mossel Bay
  • Plettenberg Bay

Markets

  • Outeniqua
  • Plett
  • Redberry
  • Wild Oats

Nature

  • Beaches
  • Birding
  • Cango
  • Reserves
  • Trails

Tours

  • Segway Tours
  • Boat Trips on Kiyana
  • Romonza Boat Trips

Adventure

The Garden Route is the ideal place to choose from a wide range of adventure activities such as sky-diving in Mossel Bay, paragliding in Wilderness, canoeing on the Kaaimans River or quad-biking over the Montagu Pass.

Eden Adventures

We have been running a professional tour operation since early 1997 and with over 10 years of experience we can show you the best that the area has to offer. Our main tours include canoeing, kloofing and abseiling, but for those who would like to explore the area in their own time, Eden Adventures has an affordable range of canoes for hire.

For more information, please contact us at www.eden.co.za or info@eden.co.za
or on +27 (0)44 877 0179

Acrobranch Wildwoods

Supplying the Garden Route with a healthy dose of adrenalin is the High Flying Course at Acrobranch Wildwoods.

The course comprises 48 obstacles, all designed to test your courage, agility and strength. Tarzan swings, balance posts and other aerial obstacles demand respect while several Ziplines allow you to take flight above the natural forest floor.

An estimated two and a half hours after commencing this fun-filled course, you’ll be safely transported back to the ground via a mind-blowing 102m, gravity-assisted Zipline.

For more information, please contact us at www.acrobranch.co.za
or on +27 (0)86 999 0369.

Biking

Mountain Biking

Some of the most popular mountain biking trails are located in the Garden Route and Wilderness National Parks.

More information is available from the Wilderness Hotel’s Front Desk, so call them on +27 (0)44 877 1110 or dial 1000 from you room.

Quad Biking

Come and join us on an Adventure Tour of approximately 24km on the world-famous, historical Montagu Pass (1848).

With many serpentine curves this magnificent pass gradually winds its way through the fynbos-covered Cradock’s Kloof until it reaches the summit. Travelling along this fascinating route with its beautiful scenery is an unforgettable experience.

For more information, please contact us at www.quadgardenroute.co.za or info@quadgardenroute.co.za or on +27 (0)72 303 9011.

Bungy

Bloukrans Bungy

The view from Africa’s highest bridge captures all the majesty and tranquillity of the Bloukrans River valley. But there is nothing tranquil about throwing yourself more than 200 metres down towards the river below.

The Bloukrans Bungy is recognised as the world’s highest commercial bungy bridge. It is also the highest commercial natural bungy jump. Bloukrans Bungy uses pendulum bungee technology to ensure the smoothest, most comfortable bungee jump possible. Jumpers are secured in a full-body harness combined with an ankle connection.

For more information, please contact us at www.faceadrenalin.com or bloukrans@faceadrenalin.com or on +27 (0)42 281 1458.

Shark-Cage Diving

White Shark Africa

White Shark Africa was founded in 1995 and has been running successfully ever since. The company has always had a great passion and love for the sharks and has often supported and assisted shark research in the area.
White Shark Africa staff also have a proud history in conservation and education so you can be sure that our love for these animals extends to their preservation of their environment.

For more information, please contact us at www.whitesharkafrica.com or info@whitesharkafrica.com or on +27 (0)44 691 3796.

Paragliding & Skydiving

Cloudbase Paragliding

Fly your dream !

Cloudbase Paragliding is based in Wilderness and offers tandem flights, paragliding tuition, license courses, powered paragliding tuition, tours, and equipment sales and rental.

Wilderness is renowned for its vast stretches of beach, its peace and tranquillity and the absence of windswept headlands and wild, stormy seas, making it a top destination for paragliding enthusiasts.

For more information, please contact us at www.cloudbase-paragliding.co.za or
jan@cloudbase-paragliding.co.za or on +27 (0)44 877 1414.

Skydive Mossel Bay

Skydive Mossel Bay is situated on the beautiful Southern Cape coast of South Africa, along the scenic Garden Route, half-way between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. We are only 40 minutes from Oudtshoorn and 30 minutes from George.

Our drop zone is based at the local airfield, which is less than 5km from the beach. We have, undisputedly, the best scenery of all drop zones in South Africa.

For more information, please contact us at www.skydivemosselbay.com or info@skydivemosselbay.com or on +27 (0)44 695 1771 (land line) or
+27 (0)82 824 8599 (mobile)

Golf

George Golf Club

The course at the George Golf Club is a beautifully manicured 72-par, 18-hole course with bent greens, set in the heart of the Garden Route. The course rating for men is either 68 (forward – 5542m), 70 (club – 5862m) or 72 (championship – 6162m), while that for the ladies is 72 (5204m).

Visitors are welcome daily, with the exception of Wednesday and Saturday afternoons, which are reserved for Members and their guests. Booking for golf is essential. Please note that no group bookings are allowed on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

For more information, please contact us at www.georgegolfclub.co.za or info@georgegolfclub.co.za or on +27 (0)44 873 6116.

Knysna Golf Club

Nestled on the shores of the Knysna Lagoon on the Garden Route and close to the Heads, the Knysna Golf Club’s 18-hole course meanders through tidal pools and magnificent indigenous trees.

The testing links / parkland layout has been enhanced over the past ten years and the course has some of the best greens in the Southern Cape. Although flat and easy to walk, the course still provides players of all levels with a good challenge and is an affordable golfing experience not to be missed while touring the area.

For more information, please contact us at www.knysnagolfclub.com or golf@knysnagolfclub.com or on +27 (0)44 384 1150 .

Mossel Bay Golf Club

The Mossel Bay Golf Club was founded in 1905 with the original golf course positioned at the old aerodrome. The land on which the present course is built was made available to the Club by the Mossel Bay Municipality in 1924. The course was designed by Bob Grimsdell and was built over a period of two years.

For more information, please contact us at www.mosselbaygolfclub.co.za
or on +27 (0)44 691 2379.

Plettenberg Bay Country Club

The Plettenberg Bay Country Club has an 18-hole golf course set in a private nature reserve that is a highly rated and very popular tourist destination.

The course is easy to walk and the lush Kikuyu grass fairways and bayview greens have recently been over seeded to bent grass, providing golfers with an excellent playing surface on this park-like golf course.

Despite intense competition from the beautiful white beaches and rolling surf of Plettenberg Bay, the club is busy and booking is essential. Vistors are welcome.

For more information, please contact us at www.plettgolf.co.za or on +27 (0)44 533 2132

Fancourt

Montagu Golf Course

Originally designed by Gary Player, Fancourt’s Montagu course has developed into one of the finest 18-hole parkland layouts.

Providing a riveting golfing experience, this tree-lined course covers large tracts of varying terrain.

Outeniqua Golf Course

Fancourt’s Outeniqua presents an 18-hole course that is tailored for a laid-back golfing experience. The course provides for easier game play than the Montagu, while offering its fair share of challenges and water hazards on as many as 11 of its holes.

Designed by Gary Player and named after the mountain range that forms its breathtaking backdrop, the course is able to accommodate a large number of players.

A detailed stroke saver takes golfers through both courses, providing distance measurements and images to assist players with navigating the courses. A warm-up area, featuring a full-length range and a chipping and bunker practice area, is available to golfers before play. Golf carts are available for hire, weather permitting.

For more information, please contact us at www.fancourt.co.za or golf@fancourt.co.za
or on +27 (0)44 804 0030.

Goose Valley Golf Club

The Goose Valley Golf Club is situated in pristine surroundings just outside Plettenberg Bay, bordering on the Keurbooms Lagoon. The unique siting of the golf course on a sand dune allows for easy drainage providing the perfect base for year round play, even after heavy rains.

The Club offers a splendid Gary Player-designed 72 par, 18-hole signature golf course, which encompasses breathtaking views of the Keurbooms Lagoon, Indian Ocean, Tsitsikamma Mountains and the famous Robberg Peninsula. Natural fynbos, indigenous trees and an abundance of animal and bird life bring a special dimension to your golfing experience.

The Clubhouse has an elegant restaurant and bar, serving a delightful variety of light meals. The well-stocked Pro-shop handles green fees, golf cart and golf club hire. There is also a state-of-the-art driving range with practice chipping, putting and bunker play facilities.

For more information, please contact us at www.goosevalleygolfclub.com or bookings@goosevalleygolfclub.com or on +27 (0)44 533 5082.

Oubaai Golf Resort & Spa

The setting of this Ernie Els designed, 18-hole championship golf course is dramatic and maximised by the impact of its natural, rugged and beautiful surroundings.

Oubaai Golf Club has its philosophy rooted in flexibility; the course itself has been sculpted into the landscape, ensuring that the surrounding environment is enhanced. The result is a lush stretch of land that is framed by the magnificent Outeniqua Mountains, which hover in the distance, while the Gwaing River Valley winds just below the course.

The golf course and the Pro-Shop are closed on Mondays.

The booking sheet opens to Members, 15 days in advance and to Visitors, 6 days in advance. However, during low season, we can assist a little earlier. Visitors making bookings must provide credit card details in order to secure tee time.

For more information, please contact us at www.oubaaigolfestate.co.za or bookings@oubaaigolf.co.za or on +27 (0)44 851 1263.

Pezula Championship Golf Course

Pezula Championship Golf Course is in the picturesque town of Knysna, the jewel of the world-famous Garden Route.

This stunningly beautiful golf course is a sweeping spectacle of fairways and greens rolling through the pristine Southern Cape landscape.

The award-winning 18-hole golf course, designed by David Dale and Ronald Fream of GolfPlan USA, offers visitors an unsurpassed golfing experience, and rates amongst the best and most scenic golf courses in the world.

For more information, please contact us at www.pezulagolf.com or golf@pezulagolf.com or on +27 (0)44 302 5300.

Pinnacle Point Golf Course

The Pinnacle Point Golf Course is something truly unique for the discerning golfer. This 18-hole championship golf course was designed by well-known South African golf course architect Peter Matkovich who opened the course together with top Irish Tour Golf Professional Darren Clarke in November 2006.

This cliff-top Fynbos golf course inspires the golfer to play this challenging layout with a level of respect due to its dramatic views and breathtaking terrain.

The 72 par layout is characterised by 7 majestic holes that line the Indian Ocean rock cliffs, four of which are played over ocean and cliff. All 18 holes have been designed to fit the contours of the land.

The reintroduction of the endemic fauna and flora to the estate has been hailed as a remarkable achievement by local and international ecologists and the preservation of this pristine Fynbos is an ongoing commitment.

For more information, please contact us at www.pinnaclepointestate.co.za or golfbookings@pinnaclepointestate.co.za or on +27 (0)44 606 5300.

Simola Golf and Country Estate

Simola takes its place as one of South Africa’s premier golfing destinations and is the first Jack Nicklaus signature course on the Garden Route.

It offers a challenging and rewarding game of golf amidst spectacular scenery.

Set below the high ridges, it is free from the wind that so often plagues coastal courses.

Fairways flow with the natural undulating contours of the terrain and the unusual configuration of five-par 5’s and five-par 3’s add a new dimension to the game.

Every hole boasts exceptional views; either out across the Knysna Lagoon all the way to the Heads or over the picturesque Knysna River as it twists and turns through the valley below.

For more information, please contact us at www.simola.co.za or info@simola.co.za or on +27 (0)44 302 9677.

Markets

There are many popular farmers’ markets to visit along the Garden Route such as the Outeniqua Farmers’ Market in George, Wild Oats in Sedgefield and Harkerville Market near Plettenberg Bay.

Outeniqua Farmers’ Market

The ancient name Outeniqua means ‘the land where honey comes from’, but when the Outeniqua Farmers Market opened, Outeniqua became the land where honey, cheese, fish, chocolate, cakes, berries and other delicious foods come from.

Opposite the Garden Route Mall in George, we’re open every Saturday from 8am until 2pm and we have more than 150 food and craft stalls!

We also offer live entertainment, undercover seating, excellent ablution facilities and secure parking.

There’s lots for the children, too! Train rides, pedal cars, face painting, bunnies and a play park!

So if it’s farm fresh fruit and veggies, international cuisine, sweet treats, or gifts and decor that you’re after, then the Outeniqua Farmer’s Market is for you! Pets are welcome too!

For more information, please contact us at www.outeniquafarmersmarket.co.za or on +27 (0)76 070 0618.

Harkerville Saturday Market, Plettenberg Bay

Harkerville Market is rural and rustic, vibey and vital – not a flea market, not just a craft market, not only a farmers’ market – but definitely all you could ever hope for in a typical South African Saturday Market.

When it comes to food, the emphasis is on natural and organic products ~ fresh breads, organic vegetables, home-cooked meals, the best locally-produced cheeses, fresh mushrooms, delicious pies, fresh meats, bottled products…and so much more.

Enjoy a lazy breakfast under the mighty oak, then load up your basket with fresh wares for the week-end.

The Garden Route has a wealth of crafters, many well-known, who offer a wide selection of items, from ethnic art, decoupage and woodwork, to jewellery and clothing. Other specialities include books, music, plants and more.

For more information, please contact us at www.harkervillemarket.co.za or on +27 (0)84 510 9939

Wild Oats Community Farmers’ Market

Wild Oats is located on the outskirts of the tiny coastal town of Sedgefield, adjacent to the beautiful Swartvlei lake-lagoon. This small, rustic but internationally famous farmers’ market continues to attract the enthusiastic attention of proud locals and discerning travelers.

Open every Saturday morning throughout the year, from 07h30 to 12h00 in summer and 08h00 to 12h00 in winter, this authentic producers’ market is brimming with the choicest locally-produced foods, both the take-home and breakfast variety.

Including free-range meats, chicken, lamb, dairy and cheese, the market also specializes in fresh-from-the-field vegetables, freshly-baked and bottled goods, as well as a wide variety of fresh-off-the-coals breakfasts.

The market also proudly offers the many plants and flowers of the unique Southern Cape Floral Kingdom, propagated by local plant specialists.

For more information, please contact us at www.wildoatsmarket.co.za or info@wildoatsmarket.co.za or on +27 (0)82 376 5020.

Nature

Beaches

There are many beautiful beaches along the Garden Route,
from Plettenberg Bay to Wilderness, Victoria Bay and beyond.

Birding

Malachite Bird Hide Wilderness

The Malachite Bird Hide is located on the northern shore of the Bo-Langvlei in the Wilderness section of the Garden Route National Park. Bo-Langvlei is one of a series of lakes connected by the Touw River (Eilandvlei, Langvlei and Rondevlei) and hosts a variety of aquatic species. It is an internationally proclaimed Ramsar site.

Major concentrations of Great Crested and Black-necked Grebe are present on Rondevlei and Bo Langvlei. Grey and Purple Heron, Little Egret, African Spoonbill, Little Bittern and Redknobbed Coot are prominent.

For more information, please contact us at www.photodestination.co.za
or on +27 (0)44 877 0046.

Garden Route Birding

South Africa’s Garden Route offers unique birding opportunities with 30 endemic species in 5 biomes.

The mission of Garden Route Birding is to develop accessibility to birding and provide information to tourists in the Garden Route and Little Karoo.

The Garden Route offers a diverse range of habitats and is home to approximately 300 species of birds, making it an ideal destination for bird-watching in South Africa.

For more information, please contact us at www.gardenroutebirding.co.za or twitcher@gardenroutebirding.co.za or on +27 (0)82 213 5931

The Cango Caves, Ostriches & Wildlife

Cango Caves

At the head of the picturesque Cango Valley, 29 kilometres from Oudtshoorn, lies the spectacular underground wonder of the Klein Karoo – the Cango Caves.

Situated in a limestone ridge parallel to the well-known Swartberg Mountains, you will find some of the finest dripstone caverns in the world, with their vast halls and towering formations.

For more information, please contact us at www.cango-caves.co.za or on +27 (0)44 272 7410.

Cango Wildlife Ranch

For over 28 years our organisation has worked tirelessly for the conservation of cheetah and other endangered species.

We are one of the 5 biggest cheetah centres in the world and have for many years had the highest survival rate of cubs produced globally.

In our 28 years of breeding endangered animals, the Cango Wildlife Ranch has produced more cheetah cubs than that of the entire United States and we have therefore had a dramatic and vital impact on assisting the conservation gene pool of this species.

For more information, please contact us at www.cango.co.za or info@cango.co.za or on +27 (0)44 272 5593.

Highgate Ostrich Show Farm

Highgate Ostrich Show Farm has been telling the fascinating story of ostriches and ostrich farming in Oudtshoorn for over a hundred years, and its tours have delighted visitors from all over the world. Meet ostriches face to face, learn about ostrich farming, and enjoy everyoneâ’s favourite – ostrich races!

Visiting us is interesting and informative, a great experience and fun for the whole family.

For more information, please contact us at www.highgate.co.za or reservations@highgate.co.za or on +27 (0)44 272 7115

Reserves, Parks & Sanctuaries

Featherbed Nature Reserve

Featherbed is a privately-owned, registered Nature Reserve and a South African Heritage Site. It is a pristine piece of paradise situated on the Western Head of Knysna and is accessible by ferry only.

There is a daily 4-hour excursion and reservations are essential. It is a wonderful outing for all ages and fitness levels. Good walking shoes are recommended and remember your camera, hats and sunblock in summer and a warm jacket for the ferry trip in winter.

For more information, please contact us at www.featherbed.co.za or bookings@featherbed.co.za or on +27 (0)44 382-1693.

Goukamma Nature Reserve

Goukamma Nature Reserve and Marine Protected Area, situated on the Garden Route between Sedgefield and Knysna, has a diverse array of fascinating habitats and an abundance of smaller wildlife, birds and fish.

The reserve covers 2 500 hectares of dense coastal forest, including milkwood, yellowwood and candlewood trees. It protects the charming vervet monkey, bushbuck and bushpig, as well as porcupine, mongoose, honey badger and grysbok. This is a popular choice for keen birders, as the Goukamma River and estuary and the Groenvlei Lake provide a welcoming habitat for more than 220 bird species, including the rare African black oystercatcher. There are two indigenous and four alien species of fish found in the Groenvlei Lake.

Visitors enjoy the sight of the magnificent Southern Right whales between June and November, while Bottle-nosed and Humpback dolphins play in the waves throughout the year.

For more information, please contact us at www.capenature.co.za or on +27 (0)44 383 0042.

Knysna Elephant Park

The Knysna Elephant Park was established in 1994 and was the first facility in South Africa to house and care for orphaned African elephants. Over the last twenty years, the park has cared for and raised more than forty elephants.

There are nine elephants in the present herd, which is the largest domesticated matriarchal herd in the country. We offer our guests the opportunity to get up close and personal with the elephants, so that they can appreciate their awe-inspiring presence.

For more information, please contact us at www.knysnaelephantpark.co.za or info@knysnaelephantpark.co.za or on +27 44 532 7732.

Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre

Tenikwa is a wildlife centre located in the rural area outside Plettenberg Bay along the pristine Garden Route. Tenikwa grew from humble beginnings in 2002 and today it is one of the largest active wildlife rehabilitation centres in the Western Cape, attending to a diversity of animals, both terrestrial and marine species.

To fund the rehabilitation work and to raise awareness of the conservation issues in South Africa, Tenikwa offers various, small group programs throughout the day, which cater for all ages and fitness levels; the focus is on providing a conservation-based, informative tour.

For more information, please contact us at www.tenikwa.com or info@tenikwa.co.za
or on +27(0)44 534 8170.

Horse riding & Walking Trails

Garden Route Horse Trails

Garden Route Horse Trails offer remarkable horse riding trails into the stunning indigenous forest of the Garden Route National Park where you can experience occasional sightings of local wildlife on horseback. Rides are suitable for all ages and riding experience is not necessary. Our horses are well trained, very safe, reliable and have between 2 and 6 years experience on the trails. All our horses love the water and swimming, so we offer the opportunity for our clients to swim with the horses after a ride. It’s very easy and lots of fun!

For more information, please contact us at www.gardenroutehorsetrails.co.za
or on +27 (0)71 092 8888.

Black Horse Trails

At the base of the majestic Outeniqua mountains in the Wilderness, lies our charming horse ranch, Black Horse Trails. We are a relaxed and friendly bunch with whom you can enjoy a few precious hours of your holiday time, in a true animal crazy environment.

For more information, please contact us at www.blackhorsetrails.co.za or blackhorsetrails@yahoo.com or on +27 (0)72 137 4538

Garden Route Trail

The environmental diversity of the Garden Route offers visitors forest, wetland, dune, Fynbos, estuary, riverine, montane and coastal experiences in a concentrated area.

It is upon this foundation that we have developed our range of guided nature experiences and birding in the Garden Route. The combination of natural variation, a passion for nature and our scientific background, has allowed Garden Route Trail to become unsurpassed leaders of informative nature guiding in the Garden Route.

For more information, please contact us at www.gardenroutetrail.co.za
or on +27 82 213 5931

Tours

Segway Tours

The Wilderness Segway Tours operates within the Ebb and Flow National Park, which forms part of the Garden Route National Park the Wilderness section of SANParks.
Our tours offer stunning views of the local indigenous Fynbos and also of the Touws River that flows through the Park.

Included in the one-hour Segway tour is a 15-20 minute training session which forms part of your one-hour Segway experience. After the training we take a journey on the Kingfisher Trail where you will marvel at the natural surroundings.

For more information, please contact us at www.segwayfun.co.za or bookings@segwayfun.co.za or on +27 (0)81 320 3977.

Boat Trips on Kiyana

From seal island to the occasional whale and dolphin sighting to dipping into the cool ocean and having sundowners with good friends and a lot of laughter. There is a lot to see and do on the hour and a half at sea.
Our trusted Jacques the skipper will look after you while you absorb the experience of the beautiful and often tranquil space around you.
We offer sailing and snorkeling trips, all trips are weather dependent to ensure you have the best experience possible.

For more information, please contact us at www.kiyana.co.za or info@kiyana.co.za
or on +27 (0) 72 777 7225.

Romonza Boat Trips

Romonza Boat Trips has been operating for more than 25 years in Mossel Bay. Romonza offers Seal Island Trips and Eco Ocean Trips all year round, Sunset Cruises from November to April, and Boat-based Whale Watching with a permit from July to October. There are fully qualified Tourist Guides on all our boat trips.

For more information, please contact us at www.romonzaboattrips.co.za or romonza@mweb.co.za or on +27 (0)44 690 3101.

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