The Garden Route is an area located on the Southern coast of South Africa and stretches from Slang River near Heidelberg in the West to Storms River in the East.
The area is rich in natural beauty with wonderful lagoons, spectacular mountains, fantastic indigenous forests and beautiful golden beaches.
Things to do & see in the Garden Route:
1. Visit Knysna with its wonderful lagoon, fantastic surrounding indigenous forest, great shops and plenty of fun-filled activities including The Featherbed Experience – a boat trip across the Knysna lagoon to the Featherbed Nature Reserve.
2. Knysna Elephant Sanctuary is a popular attraction where one can interact with these amazing animals.
3. Plettenberg Bay, South Africa’s riviera with three beautiful beaches as well as the imposing Robberg Nature Reserve.
4. Tsitsikamma National Park is a marine reserve and offers several wonderful walks along the spectacular coastline. Be sure also to test your balance when crossing the Storms River suspension bridge.
5. For the brave at heart, you can experience the world’s highest bungee jump at 183 metres off the Bloukrans River Bridge.
Another activity well wort trying is the canopy tour where you slide from tree to tree in the indigenous forest.
The Panorama Route is the name given to the area that stretches along the Eastern Escarpment in Mpumalanga province. It is best known for its stunning vistas, historic towns and rich culture.
Things to do & see on the Panorama Route:
1. Bourke’s Luck Potholes at the confluence of the Treur and Blyde rivers is one of the most remarkable geological phenomena in the country.
2. Blyde River Canyon is the world’s third largest canyon and is best witnessed at the Three Rondavels view site.
3. God’s Window, at 1730 metres above sea level, offers spectacular views over the Lowveld and The Kruger National Park in the distance.
4. Well worth a visit are the towns of Pilgrim’s Rest, Sabie and Graskop.
5. There are many wonderful waterfalls in the region with Berlin, Bridal Veil and Mac Mac Falls being the most popular.
South Africa is famous for its national parks and private game reserves, where tourists can see Africa’s Big Five legendary mammals – the lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhinoceros. The parks also contain many other species of plant and animal life as well as many different kinds of comfortable accommodation.
The most well known is the Kruger National park, which runs along the north-eastern border of South Africa and is larger than for example the state of Israel. It is the country’s best-known park and contains a wide variety of things to do and places to stay.
Here anyone is free to navigate and drive their own vehicle, whilst staying in modest yet comfortable accommodation at one of several rest camps inside the park.
Private game reserves pride themselves on their spectacular settings, personalised service and extreme attention to detail. The usual routine at a game lodge is to be woken up early. After a quick early morning snack of coffee or tea and rusks (similar to biscotti), or perhaps muffins you bundle up against the chill, and head out in an open safari vehicle for the morning game drive, where you may or may not stop for more coffee.
Upon returning, you have a few minutes to freshen up, and then sit down for brunch. In the heat of the day, when the animals are hiding in the shade, you can indulge in plush surroundings, lounge around the pool, sleep, read, and engage with fellow guests or spot birds from your balcony.
Tea is served in the late afternoon and usually involves a lot more than a cup of tea. You then head out on the evening game drive. At sunset, you will stop somewhere beautiful for sundowners and snacks. You return to camp in the dark, viewing nocturnal animals by a spotlight.
Once back at camp, you will be served a delicious dinner, probably around the campfire, and then it’s off to bed.
There are private reserves that border the Kruger National Park as well as in areas closer to Johannesburg. See our modules for different safari options,
South Africa has blessed with majestic mountains and its primary mountain range is The Drakensberg (Dragon’s Mountain) in the eastern part of South Africa and which stretches over 1000 kilometres from south-west to northeast.
The highest peak is Thabana Ntlenyana at 3,482 metres above sea level which is located in the mountain kingdom of Lesotho. The Drakensberg is a mountaineering paradise offering a wide range of hiking trails for both novices and experts alike.
Scattered along South Africa’s 2,500km long coastline are some truly beautiful beaches. Several beaches in South Africa have been awarded International Blue Flag status for excelling in safety, cleanliness, the provision of amenities and setting and maintaining environmental standards. Listed below are beaches that are well worth a visit
1. Camps Bay and Clifton in Cape Town are popular amongst the beautiful people of Cape Town. Do not though be surprised that no-one is swimming as the water is notoriously cold.
2. Plettenberg Bay’s beaches are both beautiful and safe.
3. Port Elizabeth has many wonderful beaches including Humewood and King’s beaches.
4. Kwazulu Natal beaches stretching from San Lameer beach on the South Coast to Ballito on the North Coast are blessed with the warm Indian Ocean water.
South Africa has a proud tradition of producing world class wines. It is thanks to the Mediterranean climate, with hot and dry summers, and cold and wet winters that the grapes flourish.
There are several wine producing regions in the country with the most famous wineroutes being Stellenbosch, Constantia, Franschhoek, Paarl and Robertson. Be sure to visit a wine estate where you are afforded the chance to taste fine South African wines.
Deep in the rugged bushveld, in the heart of an ancient volcano, lies the world’s most unique resort. This is the internationally acclaimed Sun City.
Located only 2 hours from Johannesburg, Sun City has a unique heartbeat and an African rhythm of its own and is unlike any other Resort destination in the world. This is pure fantasy and your every desire is met.
There are four world-class hotels including the magnificent Palace of the Lost City that glitters like a jewel beneath the African sun, brilliant in its rain forest surroundings and luxurious in its detail and design