Garden Route Adventures

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 fun things to do on the Garden Route 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…

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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 fun things to do on the Garden Route 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

Abseiling in Garden Route. Feel the freedom of leaning back and letting go and plunge into an adrenaline filled abseiling (rapelling) adventure on the Garden Route. There are so many stunning abseiling destinations on this 370km road trip, all with unique views and surprises courtesy of nature’s...

Acrobranch

Acrobranch in Garden Route. Looking for fun things to do with the whole family? Acrobranch is the adventure for you. With a choice of 3 different courses of varying difficulty there’s something for everyone. On a Garden Route road trip you won’t have to look far for cool activities to reenergise...

Beach Horse Rides

Beach Horse Rides on the Garden Route. Exploring on foot is exciting but heading out into the wild and beautiful beaches of the Garden Route on horseback, with the chance to spot animals such as bushbuck, Cape clawless otter or caracal from this unique equestrian perspective, is a truly enriching...

Bicycle Tours

Bicycle Tours in Garden Route. Saddle up and take a ride through the Garden Route - a coastal belt of green paradise - on a guided cycle tour. Using quieter district roads a bicycle tour is one of the best ways to fully experience the remarkable scenic offerings of the Garden Route. With one of...

Blokart Sailing

Blokart Sailing in Garden Route. Blokart Sailing or land 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...

Boat Trips

Boat Trips in the Garden Route. Nature is the main drawcard of South Africa’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...

Bridge Walking

Bridge Walking in the Garden Route. Remarkable bridges are a reoccurring feature of the Garden Route. The geology of the area was a great challenge for bridge builders throughout the 20th century; large bodies of inland water, plunging gorges, mountains- all needed to be traversed resulting in some...

Bungee Jumping

Bungee Jumping in Garden Route. 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...

Canoeing

Canoeing in Garden Route. Canoeing or paddling suits all species of adventurer, whether you’re the adrenalin type who prefers a bit of rough water or the chilled explorer happy with a tranquil paddle looking for wildlife. Whatever your preference the long stretches of pristine coastline,...

Canopy Tours

Canopy Tour in the Garden Route. 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...

Canyoning

Canyoning on the Garden Route. Guided Kloofing Trips. As you drive along the Garden Route, you will cross many deep and rugged canyons with their inky black waters glinting far below. These places always arouse curiosity in the adventurous but are so inaccessible and seemingly inhospitable that they...

Carriage Drives

Carriage Drives in Garden Route. This is a great family activity. The Garden Route is a place of marine blues, tropical greens and white sands. The temperate climate encourages life and the wilderness persistently pushes in despite the rapid expansion of holiday towns. Regardless of where you stay,...

Caving

Caving in Garden Route. A visit to the Cango Caves near Oudtshoorn is a must when you are in the Garden Route. It’s a 47km hop, skip and jump over the stunning Outeniqua Pass from George and situated in the foothills of yet another magnificent range of mountains- the Swartberg.  This detour...

Cliff Jumping

Cliff Jumping on the Garden Route. The distinctive geology of the Garden Route - its rugged, wave-cut coastline and deeply carved ravines- provides endless opportunities for adventure sports, with new adrenalin inducing activities being conceived yearly. Cliff Jumping, making its way into the Garden...

Cycle Tours

Cycle Tours in Garden Route. Looking for things to do in the Garden Route? A cycle tour should be top of your list. It’s good for you and good for the planet and one of the best ways to get to know an area.  With a network of old forestry and lesser used district roads snaking through forests,...

Deep Sea Fishing

Deep Sea Fishing in Garden Route. Deep sea fishing, hosted by professional, experienced outfits, guarantee good catches in the abundant waters off the Mossel Bay and Plettenberg Bay coasts. Even children can try their hand at catching their supper making this a great family activity where everyone can...

EBikes

e-Bikes Garden Route. The Garden Route is one of the most popular tourist destinations in South Africa for good reason. Sandwiched between Plettenberg Bay and Mossel Bay, the town of Knysna is at the heart of the Garden Route. Electric bikes (e-Bikes) make exploring this vibrant hub a breeze. With an...

Elephant Experience

Elephant Experience in Garden Route. Take a walk, hand-in-trunk and feel the amazingly gentle touch of this unusual appendage. You will learn about this and lots more on an Elephant Experience that will leave you with a greater respect for these gentle giants of the bush. Take a journey into...

Guided Hiking

Guided Hiking in the Garden Route, South Africa. There are literally hundreds of stunning hikes on the Garden Route set in a variety of protected areas covering diverse and pristine eco-systems; from rich afro-mountain forests all mossy and magical where you might find elephant dung or Leopard scat...

Hang Gliding

Hang Gliding in Garden Route. Why not explore this amazing region from above on a tandem hang gliding adventure? This is a chance to see the whole lay of this incredible wedge of coastline; sea mist from the pounding ocean softening the sinewy curves of the bays, lagoons sparkling like turquoise gem...

Helicopter Flights

Helicopter Flights in Garden Route. A fun thing to do and it is quick to get to know the Garden Route and all its secret beauty spots within an hour or two. The all-encompassing views and comfort afforded by a helicopter flight is also ideal for photographers and the visual opportunities will not disappoint;...

Hiking

Hiking in the Garden Route. The Garden Route is one of the premier hiking destinations in South Africa and as you turn off the N2 you will discover the reason behind its allure. For many people, hiking in unspoilt nature is one of the greatest pleasures in life. It is a wonderful way...

Hobie Sailing

Hobie Sailing in the Garden Route. 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...

Horse Riding

Horse Riding in the Garden Route. The Garden Route is one of South Africa’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...

Hot-Air Ballooning

Hot-Air Ballooning in Garden Route is one of your must-do activities when you visit. A stately hot-air balloon floating serenely over Garden Route’s expansive and dramatic landscapes is a match made in heaven. There has always been an aura of magic, romance...

Houseboats

Houseboat Charters in Garden Route. 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....

Kayaking

Kayaking in Garden Route. Kayaking is always fun, it can be hard core or very mellow or both, so there are options for everyone. It is easy to learn to Kayak and our operator’s supply all equipment including life jackets and paddles, so the hardest part for you is to choose which of the Garden...

Kite Surfing

Kitesurfing in Garden Route. 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...

Kloofing

Kloofing in Garden Route. There’s bound to be a kloof (South African word for canyon or gorge) near you, the particular geological history of the Garden Route has created many, so don’t miss out on this archetypal adventure. With names like Kamikazi Canyon and Suicide Gorge you know...

Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking in Garden Route. Choose a guided bike tour to suit your needs. 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,...

Paragliding

Paragliding in Garden Route. Book your tandem paragliding flight or course today. 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...

Power Boating

Power Boating in the Garden Route on the Knysna Lagoon.  The Garden Route is a long stretch of scenic coastline made even more beautiful by the presence of every type of waterway strung along its length like turquoise beads. Forest and fynbos fringed lakes, lagoons, estuaries and bays...

Quad Biking

Quad Biking in the Garden Route. Quad biking is also a wonderful family activity for those who have older children and it’s bound to cheer up the grumpiest teen. The Garden Route has no shortage of beautiful scenery and with the mildest climate in South Africa it is the perfect place for...

Rappelling

Rapelling on the Garden Route. Traditionally rapelling, or abseiling as we call it in South Africa, was used by mountaineers and rock climbers to lower themselves down difficult terrain in order to get off a mountain they had just climbed. Now it is a fast growing adventure activity in itself, an exciting...

Rope Course

Rope Course in the Garden Route, South Africa. In the Garden Route, an area of awesome natural beauty, where magnificent trees dominate and Tarzan comes to mind what more obvious activity then swinging, zipping and scrambling through a rope course? Whether you’re doing it for fun or fitness or...

Sailing Charters

Sailing Charters in the Garden Route. No sport is exposed to the elemental forces of nature as much as sailing. That’s what makes any sailing trip such a powerful experience. The Garden Route, a stunning stretch of coastline that runs from Mossel Bay in the south to Port Elizabeth in the north,...

Sandboarding

Sandboarding in the Garden Route on the Knysna Dunes. Take to the coastal dunes of the Garden Route to experience a fun-in-the-sun sandboarding adventure.   The concept of sandboarding is almost identical to snowboarding and it’s how us southern hemisphere folk get our ‘skiing’...

Scenic Flights

Scenic Flights in the Garden Route. From helicopters to microlight flights our operators create curated experiences to suit your requirements; special occasions, chartered trips to game reserves or even flying lessons. The cherry on the top of a Garden Route holiday would be to view its scenic...

Scootours

Scootours Garden Route. 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...

Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving in the Garden Route. Explore the underwater gardens of the Garden Route on a scuba diving or snorkeling adventure! From Mossel Bay to Storms River, the Garden Route boasts a variety of fantastic dive sites, many of them in marine protected areas.  Its 300km stretch of coastal waters...

Sea Kayaking

Sea Kayaking in the Garden Route. Paddling on a Sea Kayaking Adventure is a great way to explore this amazing area. A sea kayak is a stable and comfortable sea-going paddle craft designed for exploring. It is also perfect if you want to combine a paddling adventure with birdwatching, fishing, photography...

Seal Snorkelling

Seal Snorkelling in the Garden Route. In the Garden Route, a colony of more than 4 000 seals calls Robberg Peninsula near Plettenberg Bay home. Join our operators for a day out in the company of these amazing creatures. Experience a marine animal encounter with the friendly Cape fur seal on a Seal...

Segway Tours

Segway Tours Garden Route. Segway Tours gives you the opportunity to explore faster and further in a fun, environmentally friendly way. Once you have mastered the art of handling your personal transporter with the help of your activity guide the joy and appeal of the Segway will quickly become apparent....

Shark Cage Diving

Shark-Cage Diving in the Garden Route. Getting up close and personal with a great white shark, apex predator of oceans and villain of screens of the 80’s, is not everyone’s idea of fun but it should still be on your list of once-in-a-lifetime things to do. An encounter with this graceful...

Skydiving

Skydiving in Garden Route. Tandem jumps and courses available. The Garden Route is one of South Africa’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...

Slackpacking

Slackpacking in the Garden Route. Slackpacking is a heavenly combination of hiking in the great outdoors and the finer things in life, like a hearty meal, chilled wine and a comfy bed. Garden Route slackpacking easily provides the best of both these worlds. This area is famous for its pristine nature,...

Snorkelling with Sea Horses

Snorkelling with Sea Horses in the Garden Route. 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...

Stand up paddle Surfing (SUP)

Stand Up Paddle Surfing (SUP) in the Garden Route. Ride a wave, cruise a lagoon, explore a river or have a blast on a down-wind run on a Stand Up Paddle Surfing (SUP) adventure in the Garden Route. SUP or Stand Up Paddle Boarding is the latest craze that is taking the world by storm. Join in the...

Sunset Cruises

Sunset Cruises in Garden Route. 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...

Surfing

Surfing in the Garden Route. 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...

Swimming with Seals

Swimming with Seals on the Garden Route. This is a wonderful family activity, often having a profound impact on the way children view the natural world. The seal swims take place in areas of exquisite natural beauty where the seal colonies thrive. Although most people associate the idea of...

Teambuilding

Teambuilding in Garden Route. Team building operators use the natural environment to provide challenges that facilitate team building, problem solving, trust and communication and what a choice they have on the Garden Route. With a dizzying array of adventure activities to choose from, all taking...

Tubing

Tubing in the Garden Route. 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...

Via Ferrata

Via Ferrata on the Garden Route. Everyone can experience the thrill and wonder of rock climbing with this high altitude walk-way. Via Ferrata is Italian for iron way and the technique was first used by Italian alpine guides to assist their clients climbing the Dolomites. A Via Ferrata is made up of...

Walking Safaris

Walking Safaris in the Garden Route. Many visitors to South Africa will do a Garden Route tour and then, if they have time, go somewhere else for Safari, but there are plenty of Safari destinations on the Southern Coast and many include the very special activity of a walking safari. The beauty of a...

Whale Watching

Whale watching in Garden Route. The Garden Route is one of the meccas for whale watching and operators in Plettenberg Bay, Mossel Bay and Knysna are ready to take you on a close encounter with one of the most impressive animals in the world. A whale is the largest...

Zip Line

Zip Line in the Garden Route. One of the fun things to do! 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....

4x4 Tours

4x4 Tours in Garden Route. If you are looking for the most fun that you can have on four wheels try a 4x4 Off Road Adventure! You can take a guided tour or you can elect to self-drive and discover a new way of exploring the country.