Garden Route Adventures

The aptly named Garden Route is a stretch of coast from Mossel Bay to the mouth of Storms River, sandwiched between the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma Mountains and the Indian Ocean. 

The list of Garden Route Adventures is endless and there is no shortage in the variety of activities in this 200 kilometer route that takes travelers through picturesque towns, indigenous forests and across lagoons and lakes.
The mild climate makes this a year around adventure destination. Hike through lush…

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The aptly named Garden Route is a stretch of coast from Mossel Bay to the mouth of Storms River, sandwiched between the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma Mountains and the Indian Ocean. 

The list of Garden Route Adventures is endless and there is no shortage in the variety of activities in this 200 kilometer route that takes travelers through picturesque towns, indigenous forests and across lagoons and lakes.

The mild climate makes this a year around adventure destination. Hike through lush forests and Cape Fynbos, zip from tree to tree, explore the forest on horseback, listen out for the cry of the elusive Knysna Lourie and spot its vivid green and scarlet wings as it flies through the forest. If you are in need of a high adrenaline kick, stop at the Bloukrans River Bridge, where you are guaranteed a thrill of a lifetime on the highest commercial bungy jump in the world. Concerned about taking the 216 meter drop? Have a chat to Mohr Keet, the current Guinness World Record holder as the oldest person to jump at the age of 96.

The heart of the Garden Route is Knysna, surrounded by forest and situated along a lagoon, whose waters are protected from the open sea by sandstone formations known as The Heads. Garden Route Adventures here include a variety of thrills and spills like paragliding, kloofing and abseiling, all great ways to explore this picture perfect setting. Dive below the surface to spend time with endangered seahorses and join a sailing trip or spend a few nights on a houseboat in the lagoon. 

Walk hand-in-trunk with elephants near Plettenberg Bay or see the coastline from above on a skydiving adventure. Next, turn your attention seaward for more unique experiences. Dive with seals, go shark cage diving, join a deep sea fishing expedition, paddle a seakayak or take the opportunity to catch a sight of southern right whales or dolphins.

Whatever blows your hair back, there is a Garden Route Adventure for you!

Garden Route Adventures

Abseiling

Plunge over the edge on an adrenaline filled Abseiling Adventure in the Garden Route. There are plenty of Abseiling destinations all with unique views. As you descend, how about the wild ocean from the cliffs of the Robberg Nature Reserve near Plettenberg Bay or a waterfall in the picture perfect Tsitsikamma?

Acrobranch

Acrobranch near Wilderness on the Garden Route is situated with amazing views of lakes, forests and mountains. An Acrobranch obstacle course is a great mix of fun, adventure and safety. The zip lines, monkey bridges and Tarzan swings keep the young and the not-so-young entertained for hours!

Bicycle Tours

Saddle up and take a ride through the Garden Route on a Bicycle Tour. A Bicycle Tour is suited for all levels of fitness and our operators supply bikes and helmets. Whether it’s to boost your fitness, improve your health or bank balance, or as an environmental choice, taking up cycling could be...

Bike Tours

What is your reason for cycling? You may want to improve your fitness, save money on transport or it may be an environmental choice. Here are two reasons for cycling that you may not have known about. 1. Cycling can help you to make creative breakthroughs. Aerobic exercise increases the flow of oxygen...

Blokart Sailing

Blokart Sailing is a fun land-based sailing sport. A blokart is a compact three-wheeled buggy with a sail. It moves according to the same principles as a sailing yacht so learning how to go blokarting involves a short lesson in sailing. It is an easy sport to learn and all you need is a stretch of beach...

Boat Trips

Nature is the main drawcard of Garden Route’s famous Garden Route. This amazing stretch of coastline with its Mediterranean climate is best enjoyed on a Boat Trip in the Indian ocean. With the many picture perfect settings it is tough to decide if your Boat Trip should include an encounter with the...

Bungee Jumping

If you thought that the Garden Route was all about pretty scenery and tranquil strolls on the beach, then you need to swing by the worlds highest commercial bridge bungi at the Bloukrans bridge. It is situated on the N2 highway, just 40 kilometres east of Plettenberg Bay and is home to the ultimate...

Canoeing

The long stretches of beach, lakes and lush indigenous forests of the Garden Route are just waiting to be explored on a Canoeing Adventure. The mild climate means that Canoeing is an activity that you can do all year around. Our operators cater for all levels of ability so get those boots into a canoe...

Canopy Tours

A Canopy Tour is a route of connected platforms built in trees through a wooded landscape. To get from platform to platform clip into a series of steel zip lines and soar above the forest floor. A Canopy Tour is also an education in the great outdoors. Professional guides enjoy sharing their knowledge...

Canyoning

View our list of canyoning or canyoneering operators in Garden Route - Dirty Boots

Caving

A visit to the Cango Caves is a must when you are in Garden Route. Head into the depths of one of Garden Route’s most popular underground wonders.This famous limestone cave just 29 kilometres from Oudtshoorn offers an extensive system of tunnels and chambers with tours suited for both the timid and...

Cheetah Walks

Did you know that a cheetah hunt typically only lasts a minute? During this time the cat expends an enormous amount of energy. A cheetah will run down swift prey and attempt to knock it down. After a successful hunt, the cheetah will drag its kill to a shady hiding place in an attempt to protect it...

Cycle Tours

For a day’s adventure in the Garden Route go for a Cycle Tour. It is good for you and good for the planet! Take a ride along the Knysna Lagoon or venture further inland. Whatever your level of fitness, there is a route suited for you. A Cycle Tour through Garden Route’s favourite garden will leave...

Deep Sea Fishing

If there was a rehab for fishing it would no doubt be full of anglers sitting there dreaming of catching the next big one. Fishing is an addictive activity. It is a combination of tranquil surroundings, good company and the thrill of the catch that makes fishing so attractive. It is also a plus that...

Dolphin Watching

Garden Route’s coastline incorporates two separate oceanic systems. The Agulhas current carries warm water down the East African coast so the Indian Ocean is considerably warmer than the Atlantic Ocean, fed by the cold Benguela current. Dolphins thrive in these waters and a Dolphin Watching trip on...

Elephant Back Safaris

In the Garden Route you will only find Loxodonta africana, the African elephant in sanctuaries. These amazing giants once roamed free, but today you have the opportunity of an encounter of a different kind on an Elephant Back Safari. Climb aboard a canvas covered saddle and take a ride. The pace is...

Elephant Experience

Take a journey into the world of one of Africa’s most magnificent creatures – the African elephant (Loxodonta africana). Spend a morning getting to know the animals that today live in sanctuaries in the Garden Route. Did you know that touching is an important form of communication among elephants?...

Fishing

There’s something magical about the pull of a fish at the end of your line. It’s almost addictive, and once you feel it you want to experience it again and again. In the Garden Route you can pit your wit against grunters in rivers, indigenous species like the galjoen or why not catch a tasty...

Hang Gliding

The picturesque Garden Route is sandwiched between the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma mountains and the Indian Oceans. Nature is king here and nearly 300 species of birdlife is found in wide variety of habitats ranging from Cape fynbos, indigenous forests to wetlands. Why not explore this amazing region...

Hiking

For many people, hiking in unspoilt nature is one of the greatest pleasures in life. It is a wonderful way to spend quality time with friends and family and at the same time escape the hustle and bustle of city life. The Garden Route is one of the premier hiking destinations in Garden Route and as you...

Hobie Sailing

The Garden Route is a picturesque stretch of coastline from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to Storms River in the Eastern Cape. The region has a Mediterranean climate, with warm summers and mild winters making this region a perfect destination for outdoor activities all year around. Hobie Sailing in...

Horse Riding

The Garden Route is one of Garden Route’s most popular destinations and with good reason. The coast is dotted with beautiful beaches, lagoons and lakes. Inland you will find rolling hills and ancient forests. Come and enjoy this splendid natural environment on horse-back. Guided outrides cater...

Houseboats

Probably the most enjoyable way to explore the Garden Route is from a Houseboat on the Knysna Lagoon. This is relaxation at its best. Time floats gently by as you cruise along the lagoon, finding secluded spots for swimming and sunbathing or catching your own dinner. There is also plenty of activities...

Kayaking

The scenic stretch of the south-eastern coast of Garden Route, affectionately known as the Garden Route, is the ideal place to explore on a Kayaking Adventure. It is easy to learn to Kayak and our operators supply all equipment including life jackets and paddles, so the hardest part for you is to choose...

Kite Surfing

Kitesurfing or Kiteboarding is one of the fastest growing extreme sports in the world and when you visit one of the beaches in the Garden Route on a day where the easterly winds blow, you will soon realise why. The freedom of racing along the water, propelled by a kite flying 25 meters above you provides...

Kiteboarding

Any ideas what a Moby Dick, a Bee Sting, a Whirlybird and a Nosebone have in common? They are all names for Kiteboarding tricks that, when you can complete them, is bound to make you the envy of other kiteboarders on the beach. Kiteboarding is an exciting water sport that is taking the world by storm....

Kloofing

With names like Kamikazi Canyon and Suicide Gorge you know that you are in for a thrill when you book your Kloofing Adventure in the Garden Route. Kloofing is an extreme sport, but as long as you are adventurous and reasonably fit, it is also a wonderful day in the wild!

Mountain Biking

The forests and mountains of the Garden Route are best explored on a Mountain Biking Adventure. You can choose from a variety of tracks suited for all levels of ability. Join our operators and venture in under the canopy, ride in the dappled sunlight of the forest of Knysna and keep an eye out for the...

Paragliding

The sweeping beaches of Wilderness, the mountains near Sedgefield, the Knysna Estuary and many other picturesque Garden Route settings are best enjoyed from the air on a Paragliding Adventure. Paragliding is a fun and relatively simple way to fly. A paraglider gains height by flying in rising columns...

Power Boating

Power Boating is for you if you are the type of adventurous soul that loves to feel the wind in your hair as you speed across the water. The Garden Route is a long stretch of beautiful coastline dotted with pristine estuaries, bays and waterways so the opportunites for Power Boating are endless. Look...

Quad Biking

The Garden Route has no shortage of beautiful scenery and with the mildest climate in Garden Route it is the perfect place for an outdoors adventure. Join our Quad Biking operators and explore this picturesque part of Garden Route. A Quad Bike, also known as an All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) are tough four-wheelers...

Sailing Charters

The Garden Route is a stretch of coastline that runs from Mossel Bay in the south to Port Elizabeth in the north. This popular route offers a mild climate, long stretches of beach, lakes, mountains and lush indigenous forests. The Garden Route is also home to unique marine reserves, where soft coral...

Sandboarding

Life is more fun on a Sandboarding Adventure in the Garden Route! This activity is for all those who feel the need for speed and it is suited for both beginners and more advanced riders. Make your way to the sanddunes of Brenton on Sea near Knysna. Strap into your board and place it facing downhill....

Scootours

Join our operators on a Scootour in the heart of the Garden Route! Explore the indigenous forests of Knysna on an exhilarating downhill ride on a Monster Mountain Scooter. The pristine environment of the Garden Route National Park lends itself to an exciting day out. Look out for the purple wings of...

Scuba Diving

Explore the underwater gardens of the Garden Route! From Mossel Bay to Storms River, the Garden Route boasts a variety of fantastic dive sites. Shysharks, pipefish, anemones, wall sponges, forests of gorgonian fans and nudibranches are plentiful, but for a unique experience head to the Knysna Lagoon...

Sea Kayaking

The famous Garden Route is a stretch of coastline that runs from Mossel Bay in the south to Port Elizabeth in the north. Here, you will find plenty of opportunities for exploring the sea as well as the many lakes and estuaries. Paddling on a Sea Kayaking Adventure is a great way to explore this amazing...

Seal Snorkelling

Experience a marine animal encounter with the friendly Cape fur seal on a Seal Snorkelling Adventure in the Garden Route. The Cape fur seal lives in colonies on rocky islands, rock ledges and beaches from Namibia to Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. They are inquisitive and friendly animals that often...

Seal Viewing Trips

Garden Route has a robust and healthy population of Cape fur seals. Seal Island in Mossel Bay is home to a colony of 2 500 Cape fur seals. Here they are surrounded by their greatest enemy - the great white shark. A Seal Viewing Trip gives you an opportunity for a close encounter of these curious and...

Shark Cage Diving

Seal Island near Mossel Bay on the Garden Route is home to one of the healthiest populations of great white sharks in the world. Adult males can grow up to 8 metres long and an encounter with one of these apex predators of the sea in a Shark Cage Diving Adventure is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that...

Skydiving

The Garden Route is one of Garden Route’s most popular and picturesque destinations and what better way to see the natural beauty of this region than on a Skydiving Adventure! After a scenic flight over an amazing stretch of coastline you will freefall with your instructor from 10 000 feet above...

Slackpacking

Slackpacking is the combination of hiking in the great outdoors and the finer things in life, like a hearty meal, chilled wine and a comfy bed. Slackpacking in the Garden Route is about getting the best of both worlds. This area is famous for its pristine nature and great hiking routes and also for...

Snorkeling

Go on a Snorkelling Adventure in the Garden Route and prepare to fall in love! The underwater gardens from Mossel Bay to Storms River are filled with colourful nudibranches, anemones and shysharks, but perhaps the most endearing creature of them all is the endangered Knysna seahorse. It is hard to resist...

Snorkelling with Sea Horses

Snorkelling with Seahorses on the Garden Route is wildlife viewing of a completely different variety and, even if you are not a water activity kind of person, an encounter with the endearing Knysna seahorse is not to be missed! Knysna in the heart of the Garden Route is one of the only places in South...

Stand up paddle Surfing (SUP)

Ride a wave, cruise a lagoon, explore a river or join a down-winder on a Stand Up Paddle Surfing (SUP) adventure in the Garden Route. Stand Up Paddle Surfing or Stand Up Paddle Boarding is the latest craze that is taking the world by storm. Join in the surinfg lifestyle and discover how much fun it...

Sunset Cruises

Dreaming of watching the sun set over the ocean while sipping away at a glass of bubbly, toasting the end of a perfect summer’s day? Look no further than a Sunset Cruise in the Garden Route. With the many picture perfect settings your toughest job will be to decide if your sunset should be combined...

Surfing

Whether you are a weathered waterman or an enthusiastic (‘stoked’) beginner, there is a wave for you in the Garden Route. Mossel Bay offers great waves at Inner and Outer Pool, Vic Bay is a surfer’s paradise or how about sharing the waves with a few seals in the shoreline of the Robberg headland...

Teambuilding

The picturesque setting of the Garden Route makes this the perfect region for Team Building exercises. Team Building operators use the natural environment to provide challenges that facilitate team building, problem solving, trust and communication. Whether you are planning a morning or a week, time...

Tubing

Blackwater Tubing is the sport of riding through caves and gorges on a large rubber tube. Although this may sound like a nice way to spend a morning, the definition does not really do this activity justice. Picture yourself on a unique water adventure moving through an untouched gorge that the average...

Whale Watching

A whale is the largest animal that has ever lived on this planet. They are intelligent warm blooded mammals with unique communication systems. Sadly, they are also endangered. The southern right whale is called such as it was the ‘right’ whale to hunt. Hunters favoured this whale as it moves relatively...

Windsurfing

Find and book windsurfing tours and lessons from operators in Garden Route - Dirty Boots

Zip Line

The best way to view the picture-perfect scenery of the Garden Route is suspended high above the canopy. A Zip Line Adventure in the Garden Route involves being strapped into a harness, clipped into a pulley and letting yourself go off the platform. From here on you are propelled only by gravity as...