South Africa family safari holiday Garden Route Plettenberg Bay

Garden Route holidays

Where picturesque coastline, unique wildlife and endless attractions abound

Overview
Garden Route holidays
South Africa family safari holiday Garden Route

Garden Route holidays introduce you to South Africa’s playground.

Pristine beaches and vertiginous cliffs are flanked on one side by abundant marine life and world class surf. To the other, a luxuriant hinterland of mountains, forests and indigenous fynbos vegetation awaits.

Here, land and sea come together to offer a smorgasbord of diverse landscapes, native wildlife and myriad activities to suit everyone’s palate.

If you’re looking for a South Africa family holiday that is guaranteed to please everyone, the Garden Route should be high on your list.

Overview
Garden Route holidays
South Africa family safari holiday Garden Route Knysna
South Africa family safari holiday Garden Route Plettenberg Bay
Where is the Garden Route?

The Garden Route specifically refers to a 200km stretch of coastline between Mossel Bay and Stormsrivier in South Africa’s Western Cape.

For many, it can also refer to the entirety of the coastal experience between the cities of Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.

It includes many points of interest for those self-driving between Cape Town and the malaria-free game reserves of the Eastern Cape.

South Africa family safari holiday Garden Route Hermanus
What to do on the Garden Route?

Leaving from Cape Town, you’ll probably first stop in the coastal town of Hermanus. Between July and November, the town’s cliffs offer arguably the best land-based whale watching anywhere in the world. Nearby Gansbaai is also one of the prime locations for cage diving with great white sharks.

Hermanus’ southern right whales can also be seen along much of the coast, including from the wild, fynbos covered dunes of De Hoop nature reserve. De Hoop also offers an interesting array of wildlife. A teaser of what’s to come if you choose to end your South Africa family holiday with a safari.

Garden Route holidays simply aren’t complete without a visit to the area surrounding the coastal towns of Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. Water sports on Knysna lagoon and coastal walks around the Robberg peninsula showcase the littoral highlights. Knysna itself is a bustling town with an established cafe culture and even its own oyster festival. Children are particularly well catered for with safe beaches and innumerable activities to choose from.

South Africa family safari holiday Garden Route Knysna
Best time to visit?

The Garden Route is the classic year-round destination. The coastal waters and inland forest trails offer respite in the warmer months between November and April.

The more unsettled winter months (June – September) welcome the returning southern right whales to their breeding and calving grounds. This is also the time when many festivals, such as Knysna’s oyster festival take place.

South Africa family safari holiday Garden Route Port Elizabeth
Who should visit?

The hotels know their audience and cater to all visitors with equal care and attention.

However, the abundance of family friendly attractions make the Garden Route a firm favourite for luxury family holidays.

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Why travel with Coral Tree?

We are the specialists in luxury Africa family safari holidays

We are Africa experts and also parents. We understand what makes a memorable family adventure.

Our knowledge and connections are unsurpassed

We have been living and working in African tourism for over two decades.

Every journey is tailored with your specific wishes in mind

No off-the-shelf packages or cookie-cutter itineraries. Unique family safaris.

Each trip funds grassroots conservation and girls education projects

You pay no more for the privilege, we support causes close to our hearts.

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