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!