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The dramatically beautiful Garden Route on the southeast coast of South Africa, is a coastal strip along the Indian Ocean. It is considered the most scenic part of the country, with exquisite beaches, forests, lakes, lagoons... Show more

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Garden Route Reviews

4.7 out of 5

Hanro Olivier

5 stars

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Pili Pili Beach Cabanas

In Myoli Beach

Welcome to our slice of paradise at Pili Pili Beach front Cabanas. From here you can explore 30km of unspoilt beaches...

Parking on Premises
WiFi

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R285.0

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Backpacker Apartments

In Plettenberg Bay

For the private traveller or those who want some 'me' time, our double apartments are just what you need. For those ...

WiFi
DSTV
TV
Full Kitchen
Internet access

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R190.0

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Shark Shack Backpackers

In Mossel Bay

To have accommodation in Mossel Bay is perfect in the sense that we are so centrally located in the Garden Route. You...

Braai Area
Full Kitchen
TV

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R150.0

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Knysna Backpackers @ Edge Of Africa

In Knysna Central

Knysna Backpackers @ EDGE of AFRICA Lodge offers superior backpacker accommodation with fresh linen and serviced room...

Braai Area
WiFi
Full Kitchen

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R230.0

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Amakaya Backpackers & Apartments

In Plettenberg Bay

Amakaya Backpackers
Our upstairs bar and open air veranda offers magnificent views of the Tsitsikamma mountain range,...

Braai Area
Fireplace
DSTV
Parking on Premises
Full Kitchen
Internet access
WiFi
Bar
Laundry facilities

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R160.0

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Bay Vista Selfcatering & Backpackers

In Mossel Bay

Situated in the scenic harbour town of Mossel Bay. Bay Vista Guesthouse offers tranquil and affordable accommodation ...

Braai Area
Fireplace
Laundry facilities
WiFi
Full Kitchen
TV

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R180.0

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Step-Aside Accommodation & Conference Centre

In George

Step Aside Accommodation is a wing of Step Aside Accommodation and Conference Centre. Our rooms range from Twin Rooms...

Conference Facility
TV

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R130.0

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Peace of Eden Nature Lodge & Vegan Retreat

In Rheenendal

We have a variety of rustic yet charming Woodcutter Cottages, self cater Barn Cabins and eco forest tents on timber d...

Braai Area
WiFi
Internet access
Parking on Premises
Fireplace
Laundry facilities
Wheelchair Friendly
Camps

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R150.0

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George Backpackers

In George

George Backpackers is centrally situated in 12 Varing Avenue in walking distance to most Restaurants, banks and shops...

Braai Area
WiFi
Parking on Premises
Aircon

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R250.0

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The Bungalow

In Plettenberg Bay Central

The Bungalow has the perfect position and the most amazing sea views. The rooms are luxuriously furnished with the f...

Swimming Pool
WiFi
DSTV
Braai Area
Fireplace
Internet access
Parking on Premises
Bar

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R750.0

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Tsitsikamma Backpackers

In Storms River

Tsitsikamma Backpackers is a four star backpackers situated in Stormsriver Village along the scenic Garden Route.

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Braai Area
WiFi
Bar
Parking on Premises
Full Kitchen
Laundry facilities

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R250

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Nothando Backpackers Lodge

In Plettenberg Bay

Situated in the beautiful Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route of South Africa Nothando Backpackers is a must visit fo...

WiFi
Full Kitchen
Laundry facilities
Fireplace
Bar

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R190.0

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Santos Express

In Mossel Bay

Simply known as The Train by locals, and situated at Santos beach, Mossel Bay in the heart of the famous Garden Route...

Braai Area
Conference Facility
Bar
WiFi
Fireplace
Internet access

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R225

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Tharfield Estate

In Harkerville

Tharfield Estate offers 3 types of accommodation, self-catering, backpackers, and guesthouse, therefore, accommodatin...

Swimming Pool
Braai Area
Parking on Premises

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R150

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Tube and Axe Backpackers Lodge

In Storms River

Tube ‘n Axe is by far the largest and vibiest hostel in Storms River. We have facilities and staff to accommodate 70 ...

Braai Area
Bar
TV
Parking on Premises
DSTV
Full Kitchen
Internet access

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R165.0

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Mossel Bay Backpackers

In Mossel Bay

Mossel Bay Backpackers is a friendly hostel with all the necessary facilities available. Located at The Point which h...

Swimming Pool
Bar
TV
Braai Area
Internet access

FROM

R790

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The Wild Farm Backpackers

In Wilderness

Welcome to the home page of Wild Farm in Wilderness the heart of the Garden Route! We have been in business since 200...

Braai Area
WiFi
Bar
Parking on Premises
Fireplace
Laundry facilities
Pet Friendly
Full Kitchen
TV

FROM

R200

per night

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Moonsong Backpackers

In Plettenberg Bay

Just a few minutes drive from Plett Town Centre & situated in a peaceful country style surroundings you will discover...

Braai Area
Full Kitchen
Bar

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R130

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Afrovibe Adventure Lodge

In Sedgefield

Braai Area
WiFi
Bar
Parking on Premises
Full Kitchen

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Park House Lodge

In Mossel Bay

Park House Lodge, with its lush garden setting, is home away from home to travellers, tourists and holiday makers. It...

Braai Area
WiFi
Full Kitchen
Parking on Premises
Fireplace
Bar

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R150

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Garden Route Reviews

Hanro Olivier
31 December 2019

5 stars

Superb. 5 out of 5
Zharina Francis
28 December 2018

Scenery in Garden Route.

Okay. 3 out of 5
Vanessa Smith
24 December 2018

The lovely people.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Shehid Shaaban
11 November 2018

The scenery of the Garden Route.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Lissetta Thorpe
28 September 2018

The hiking trails in Garden Route.

Superb. 5 out of 5
MONICA STEVENS
25 September 2018

It's so relaxing and beautiful. the scenery is magnificent.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Nico van der Merwe
12 August 2018

Beautiful area to travel in and lots of adventurous things to do. Fat Fish and The Table are lovely restaurants to visit in Plett. Can recommend Plett Beachfront Acc.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Evelyn Meyer
10 August 2018

Shopping at the Mall and other businesses for articles not easily and affordable to find in my small hometown.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Debbie Njoko
30 July 2018

The Nature. It doesn't matter which way you look, there is something wonderful that will take your breath away.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Edward Bury
24 July 2018

The scenery

Fabulous. 4 out of 5

More info about Garden Route

The dramatically beautiful Garden Route on the southeast coast of South Africa, is a coastal strip along the Indian Ocean. It is considered the most scenic part of the country, with exquisite beaches, forests, lakes, lagoons, rivers and mountains. It is one of the most popular great travel destinations, attracting both local and international visitors.

The Garden Route begins at the elegant historical town of Swellendam in the west and extends  east to Humansdorp near Port Elizabeth. It crosses the border of the Western and Eastern Cape Provinces. The most gorgeous part of the Garden Route is along the sea, starting at Mossel Bay and continuing to Storms River in the the Tsitsikamma National Park.

The coastal strip has astonishingly beautiful beaches and is situated between the Indian Ocean and the Tsitsikamma and Outeniqua Mountain ranges.The rich vegetation is diverse, including fynbos, wetlands and forests. Every trip to the Garden Route leaves one hoping to go back as soon as possible.

Climate

The climate is oceanic, and according to the Guinness Book of Records the second mildest in the world after Hawaii. The temperature is never under 10 degrees or above 28. Summers are mild to warm and winters warm to cool, and there is light rain throughout the year.

There are 21 small towns and villages along the Route.

Mossel Bay, both a gorgeous holiday town and a busy port, has 60 kms of sandy white beach, including two beautiful Blue Flag beaches.

George is the Garden Route’s biggest city and the administrative centre, situated slightly inland in a rich fertile valley.

The Wilderness is a magical little village on the Touws River Estuary overlooking a stunningly gorgeous beach situated in a nature reserve.

Sedgefield is another small coastal town, between George and Knysna, in the midst of indigenous forest, fynbos and mountains.

Brenton-on-Sea, another small seaside resort town, 15 kms out of Knysna, also has a wonderful beach.

Knysna is a charming little town situated on an amazing warm water lagoon, and is a favourite retirement and tourist destination.

Plettenberg Bay is perhaps the most popular holiday destination on the Garden Route, a town of great beauty at the Keurbooms River mouth.

Nature’s Valley, 30 kms past Plett, is a paradise of lush forests, lakes and beaches in the Tsitsikamma nature reserve.

Storms River, also in the protected nature reserve, has a wild coastline overlooking the restless sea, with forest, rivers, streams and waterfalls.

Slightly inland is the Klein Karoo, with the intriguing interesting towns of Oudtshoorn and Calitzdorp, and the Cango caves.

What to Do

The Garden Route has 10 nature reserves with nature trails like the famous Otter Trail, and also marine reserves with dolphins and seals. Apart from the beaches and fascinating scenic drives, there are fabulous restaurants, art galleries, health resorts and spas. There is abseiling, bungee jumping, deep sea fishing, elephant parks and quad biking as well as several world class golf courses.

Birdlife is rich with over 300 species in different habitats from fynbos, forests and wetlands.

Where to Stay

Accommodation varies from luxury hotels, guest houses, b&b’s,holiday apartments, cottages, chalets and villas. There are SanParks cottages and camping in the actual nature reserves.

Transport

The main airport is in George.

The N2 highway follows the coastline through the main Garden Route towns. George is 430 kms from Cape Town, either a pleasant drive through the Western Cape, or a short flight less than an hour.

About Backpacker

For those who are a little adventurous and enjoy the company of other travellers, you can decide to stay at a Backpackers. Often having to share a room with others as well as costs, it is incredibly inexpensive. Often the best choice for those who may be just passing through or will be occupied for the majority of their day. It comes with the most basic amenities and is often formed as part of a bar or similar establishment. Not recommended for those who want privacy, this is best suited for those who wouldn’t mind meeting various other interesting travellers.