10 things do along the Garden Route

  1. In the heart of the Garden Route is the town of Knysna. The calm waters of the lagoon are perfect for cruising on a ferry, boat or kayak. And when you’ve had enough of the water, you can explore the indigenous forests by foot, mountain bike, non-motorised scooter or jeep. The town has a number of fantastic eateries serving fresh seafood and locally-grown produce. http://www.visitknysna.co.za/
  2. Learn more about wolves and wolf-dogs at the Garden Route Wolf Sanctuary. On a guided tour you’ll get a chance to meet some of the residents personally (depending on their moods) and the staff will answer any questions you have. And when the tour is over, there are paddocks of ducks, goats and other farm animals eagerly awaiting an approved snack. http://wolfsanctuary.co.za/
  3. Every Saturday morning, the Wild Oats Community Farmer’s Market sets up shop in Sedgefield. Including free-range meats, chicken, lamb, dairy and cheese, the market also specializes in fresh-from-the-field veg, freshly baked and bottled goods, as well as a wide variety of fresh-off-the-coals breakfasts. The market also offers many plants and flowers of the Southern Cape Floral Kingdom, propagated by local plant specialists. http://www.wildoatsmarket.co.za/
  4. A local favourite in Sedgefield, Mr Kaai’s fish shop serves some of the best fish and chips in the area. The restaurant is small and it can be hard to get a table at lunchtime, but the takeaway is just as good. No website for the restaurant, but you’ll find it on Uil Street, opposite the Steam Whistle Stop. Alternatively, ask a local for directions – everyone knows Mr Kaai.
  5. Get acquainted with the resident herd at Knysna Elephant Park. Their size can be intimidating, but on their terms, elephants can be gentle giants. Encounters take place without fences and the environment encourages elephants to exhibit natural behaviours. Buy a snack bucket for instant fame status from the herd. https://knysnaelephantpark.co.za/
  6. Pack a picnic basket and end the day off with a sunset cruise. Romonza departs from Mossel Bay Harbour for a trip around Seal Island and the Bay, the Point, Hartenbos, Seal Island, Diaz Beach, De Bakke and Santo’s beaches. Cash bar available. https://romonzaboattrips.co.za/
  7. See the Tsitsikamma Indigenous forest from among the tree tops on a zip-line tour. Experienced guides lead you through 10 platforms high in the giant Outeniqua Yellowwoods for unbelievable views of the flora and fauna. https://www.stormsriver.com/
  8. The waterways along the Garden Route are perfect for stand up paddleboarding (SUP). Aside from delivering a full body workout, SUP is fun activity without the extreme sport factor. Hire a board and hit the water. https://www.jaminadventures.com/
  9. Experience Storms River from the water on a 2.5 hour tour that leaves from Storms River Mouth in the Tsitsikamma National Park. Paddle along the river until the low-water point, where you transfer to specially-designed lilos for a relaxing ‘float’. https://www.getyourguide.com/knysna-l845/tsitsikamma-national-park-storms-river-kayak-and-lilo-tour-t208884/
  10. Blue Olive Restaurant in Wilderness offers a relaxed dining experience under the shade of an ancient Milkwood tree. Breakfast is served from 08h00 and the cocktails and tapas come out at 12 noon. http://www.blueoliverestaurant.co.za/