The Garden Route, stretching from Swellendam to Tsitsikamma and inland to the Karoo region of Oudtshoorn is a destination in its own right. You can get away with spending only 1 or 2 nights in Oudtshoorn, Swellendam or Route 62, however the areas of Knysna and Plettenberg Bay certainly justify a mimimum of 3 – 4 nights to be able to explore this area properly. We recommend that you base yourself in one location and use this as a base to do day trips exploring the area. There is loads to do for everyone from forest walks, boat trips, wildlife & nature sanctuaries or you can just laze on the beach.
Swellendam is a great stop over and only 2 hours from Cape Town, making this a nice break in your driving. It’s the third oldest town in South Africa and has a quaint feel about it. Oudtshoorn, the ‘feather capital’ is famous for the Cango Caves and selection of ostrich farms that you can go visit. Flanked by the Swartberg Mountains, a drive up the Swartberg Pass is an experience on its own with breath-taking views. Descending to the town of Prince Albert – an artists retreat. Another popular overnight is the Route 62 which takes you away from the main highway and rewards with some great scenery.
We have included our favourite Garden Route lodges below, however do contact us if you would like to see what else we have on our database.