Established in March 2009, the Garden Route National Park covers about 1210
km2 of land - 605 km2 of this is indigenous forest. The park forms part of both
the Western and Eastern Cape and is a popular tourist destination.
It would take you a lifetime to explore the entire park, so boredom is not something you need worry about whilst visiting. There are plenty of exciting hiking options to choose from which provide some of the most breathtaking scenery South Africa has to offer. If you're not keen on working up a sweat, you can choose to lounge on the beach while you listen to the waves crashing on the shore.
The Garden Route National Park is a birding paradise with 371 species of birds for you to spot. Of these birds, 45 species are vagrants and are not seen very often - but maybe you'll be one of the lucky few? 22 species of raptors have been spotted here, including the Crowned Eagle and the African Cuckoohawk. The KnysnaTuraco and the Narina Trogon are two of the most sought after species for bird watchers and can be easily heard and sometimes seen here.
The forest is also home to Bushbuck, Blue Duikers, Common Eland, Vervet Monkeys, Savanna Baboons, Cape Clawless Otters and Dassies. The park is also one of the best locations for whale watching, with no fewer than 15 species of whales and dolphins to be found.
SA National Parks Reservations: +27(0)12 428 9111
Garden Route National Park: +27 (0)44 302 5600
Dumbleton road, Wilderness, 6560
Most people drive along the N2 highway north from Cape Town or south from Port Elizabeth. Another option is to fly to the town of George and hire a car.
When to visit:
Any time of the year is spectacular, but September is when the flowers start blooming and it is particularly pretty. Remember to take a raincoat with you, as the Garden Route experience rain all year round.
Nestled in the foothills of the Tsitsikamma Mountains, Cashel Cottage is the perfect place to relax and explore the many delights of The Crags, Plettenberg Bay, Natures Valley and the Garden Route.
Enjoy a farm stay on a working dairy farm - a great escape for a family! Milk the cows, enjoy the animals, explore our natural forest - a birding paradise! We have 3 cottages, a Farmhouse & an exclusive Campsite.
In the heart of the Garden Route, 10 minutes from Plettenberg Bay... 1000 miles from reality.
Self catering accommodation available in Keurboomstrand on the scenic Garden Route. Accommodates up to 10 people (5 bedrooms). Also, it includes the following unique facilities and features: patio with built-in braai, lock-up garage, DStv, ...
Walk approx 100m to the private access Keurbooms beach. Here you will find a large wooden deck from where you can savour the spectacular panoramic sea view, whales breaching and dolphins dancing across the waves.
We offer a beautiful, private and fully equipped luxury apartment with an open plan lounge, kitchen, two bedrooms and a bathroom. All with a spectacular view. The lounge leads onto a covered wooden deck with gasbraai facilities, pool table and a ...
This luxury loft apartment (2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms) is situated at the 4 Star Dunes Resort on the Garden Route less than 10km from Plettenberg Bay town centre.
Kostaplenti is situated in Nature's Valley which is surrounded by indigenous forest, mountains, lagoon and the sea. It comprises of 2 units which can be rented separately. Kostaplenti is uniquely placed 30 meters from the beach.
The Dunes Resort Unit 125 is a delightful and attractive 2-bedroom duplex unit provides spacious, relaxed self-catering accommodation in a security resort, sleeping 4-6. Less than a 10-minute walk to the beautiful open beach...
"Lazydays" Self Catering Cottage is situated in the idyllic, coastal village of Nature's Valley and is surrounded by the Tsistikamma National Park and the warm Indian Ocean.