Things to do in the Garden Route

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The Garden Route is one of South Africa’s biggest tourist attractions. The Garden route stretches for 300km from Mossel Bay to Plettenberg Bay. To help you with planning your trip to this bucket list destination here below are some of the best things to do in the Garden Route.

1. Knysna Sunset Cruise

garden route things to do

There is no better way to enjoy the Garden Route than enjoying wine and oysters on a relaxing boat cruise and taking in the magnificence of Knysna as our African sun starts to set over the lagoon.

Indulge your inner romantic and join us onboard our “Oyster Boat” as we head off slowly towards the impressive Knysna Heads, and take in the splendour of the tranquil lagoon as the sun sets on another perfect day in Africa. Relax while you enjoy a glass of wine with a few fresh local oysters. The cruise is slow and leisurely, ultimately relaxing and one can’t help but just sit back, and take it all in! The sunset cruise is fully guided and is inclusive of complimentary white wine and oysters for tasting.

Cruises depart daily from the jetty in front of Sirocco Restaurant, Thesen Island. Please remember your camera, sunblock, sunhat, and windbreaker (just in case!).

Book Now: Knysna Sunset Cruise 

 2. Blackwater Tubing on the Storms River,

garden route things to do

Blackwater Tubing on the Storms River is a fun easy and safe adventure activity that allows you to explore exclusive and remote areas of the Tsitsikamma. This fantastic outdoor adventure on specialised one-man inflatable river tubes includes Plaatbos Nature reserve, Goesa Nature reserve and Tsitsikamma National Park, light refreshments and a meal afterwards.

The trip includes a 20min scenic forest drive from Storms River Village to the drop-off and pick up point in the old Storms River Pass. On the river’s edge, you receive your tube, and we take you for a short upstream paddle to a sandy beach where we sling our tubes over our shoulders and walk a further 200m to the next calm pool.

This tubing experience includes 1.5 fun-filled hours of mild activity in exquisite Tsitsikamma scenery.

It is, therefore, suitable for folks of various fitness levels and families with small children 5 years and up.

Most of the trips are conducted on medium to low water and the trip entails pool paddling, bouldering and walking, tube jumps, swimming, and optional rock jump up to 8m in height (short pour-over and shoot rapids are water level dependent).

Book Now: Blackwater tubing on the storm’s river in the Garden Route 

3. Knysna Oyster Tour

garden route things to do

The coastal town of Knysna and Oysters go together like champagne and caviar, sea and sky, summer breezes and cold beers. If you’re more than a little intrigued by oysters, then join for the ultimate oyster experience on the spectacular Knysna Lagoon.

Learn all there is to know about one of the world’s most loved delicacies, and taste the difference between wild and cultivated oysters, all whilst cruising the lagoon to the Knysna Heads and surrounds.

Ask questions, take photo’s, excite your taste buds – all onboard our “Oyster Boat” with a small group of guests. The cruise includes complimentary local white wine and oysters for tasting. Extra oysters are available on pre-order to enjoy on the boat.

Cruises depart daily from the jetty in front of Sirocco Restaurant, Thesen Island. Please remember your camera, sunblock, sunhat and windbreaker (just in case!).

And remember – the boat is perfect for families and children of all ages are welcome.

Book Now: Knysna Oyster Tour in the Garden Route

4. Seal Snorkeling in Plettenberg Bay

garden route things to do

Plett Seal Adventures offers you a 1,5-hour guided tour to swim with seals in the Robberg nature reserve – a marine protected area in Plettenberg Bay. A fun outdoor activity for the whole family, where no experience is needed.

An exciting 20-minute boat ride takes you to the colony where over 6000 fur seals are waiting for you. Time to jump in and have some fun with these playful and very curious creatures. The guides are with you in the water during the entire experience, making sure you are having a great time. The swim lasts 30 minutes and then a scenic, fun ride back to the beach for a shower. The guides will take photos of the trip that you can download for free from the tour operator’s website afterwards.

Book Now: Seal snorkeling in Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route 

5. Safari in Addo National Park

Addo National park

Enjoy a full-day safari with two game drives, one in Bellevue Forest Reserve and one in Addo Elephant National Park with some of the densest populations of elephants, rhinos, lions, and plenty of Antelope species.

Book Now: Safari in Addo National Park

6. The AfriCanyon River Adventure


The AfriCanyon river adventure starts with registration, getting your wetsuit, kit and a quick briefing at basecamp. After that, you will then be transferred to the river entry point, a short drive and within minutes you are on your way. A brilliant combination of fun and adventure in the great outdoors.

First-timer, novice or seasoned at canyoning AfriCanyon has got your back. Under their professional guidance, using the latest spec adventure equipment qualified guide ensures a kloofing adventure you simply can’t get enough of. In fact, you will have so much fun that you’re likely to want to do it again and again!

So take the gap, feel the rush by booking now

7. Rent a jet ski

Jet ski

Rent a Jet-ski for 20 minutes on the beachfront central beach of Plettenberg Bay.

Guided tours with a qualified skipper or ride ski by yourself if you have a valid skipper’s license. Alternatively, we can issue you with a temporary skipper’s license if required.

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8. Seal viewing from the boat

seal viewing

Don’t miss out on this exciting boat ride out to the Beautiful Robberg Nature Reserve to view the seals.

  • You will be met on arrival at the dive centre to sign in before taking a short stroll on the beach to the boat
  • Experience a true Plett-style beach launch
  • You will be able to observe a variety of nature in and out of the water.
  • Includes the largest flock of Cape Cormorants and the ever-so-elegant Cape Gannet and of course, our amazing Cape Sea Fur Seals interacting with the snorkelers from the boat
  • You might even be lucky enough to see the whales and dolphins that frequently visit the bay

Good to know

  • Minimum age of 6 years
  • All trips are weather-dependent and conditions will be checked on the morning of your activity, one hour before arrival time. Please note that if the weather conditions are not suitable for diving the Charter can be cancelled on the morning of the dive.

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9. Forest and Farm Trail in the Garden Route

Forest trail

We invite you to join us for a one-hour forest and farm trail on horseback. Meander across lush fields, and follow single-track trails through the indigenous forest, with the possibility of spotting monkeys, baboons, bushbuck, and a variety of indigenous birds. This ride offers an optional trot or canter whilst being close to nature and enjoying the magnificent surroundings.

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10. Segway Tour


We invite you to experience a 1 hour Segway tour through the quaint Stormsrivier Village and follow one of a selection of routes among cool pine forests and indigenous forests. Introduction training of 15-20 minutes on our training course is provided before embarking on the tour. The Segway PT (Personal Transporter) is exceptionally easy and safe to use. Before each tour, guests receive a comprehensive orientation by an experienced official Segway trainer. This training takes between 15 and 20 minutes per group and covers important safety and operational procedures. Before the tour embarks, the guide ensures that everyone is 100% comfortable on the Segway PT. An obstacle course will enable the riders to practice and build confidence before the tour starts.

Book Now: Segway Tour in the Garden Route 

Also read: the best things to do in Wellington 

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