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South Africa

Garden Route

Explore Garden Route

Celebrated for its dramatic natural beauty, the Garden Route is a wondrous strip of coastline and is the Western Cape's verdant oasis, striking a path of picturesque scenery the distance from Mossel Bay in the west to Storms River in the east, just over 200km. The Garden Route is flanked by mountain ranges and dotted with protected indigenous forests and sandy, family-friendly beaches. Heaven for outdoor enthusiasts, there’s hiking, bungee jumping, canoeing, surfing, and marine safaris.


  • Knysna’s scenic lagoon and Plettenberg Bay’s beautiful beaches
  • Whale watching between June and October
  • Cliff-top hikes and ferry trips around the Knysna Lagoon
  • Zip-lining through Tsitsikamma’s Indigenous Forest

Iconic Activities

  • Birdwatching Icon Birdwatching
  • Ocean Safari Icon Ocean Safari
  • Whale Watching Icon Whale Watching
  • White Water Rafting Icon White Water Rafting
  • Canoeing Kayaking Icon Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Fishing Icon Fishing
  • Golf Icon Golf
  • Hiking Icon Hiking
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Garden Route Map

Enriching encounters


Whether you want to observe the area's spectacular sea creatures underwater or from the shore, our expert guides reveal the typical marine life, as well as the endemic mammal and bird species, to expect in Garden Route

  • Rock Hyrax
    Rock Hyrax
  • Ostrich
  • Humpback Whale
    Humpback Whale
  • Cape Fur Seal
    Cape Fur Seal
  • Bottlenose Dolphin
    Bottlenose Dolphin
  • Baboon
  • African Fish Eagle
    African Fish Eagle
  • Southern right whale
    Southern Right Whale
Sample Itineraries


From majestic wildlife to out of this world natural wonders, cultural melting pots and enchanting beaches, every bespoke Mahlatini journey is thrilling. Unsure where to visit? Whether it’s a bucket-list adventure, a milestone celebration or simply a much-needed escape, experience the joy with this inspiring selection of favorites.

  • Bespoke itineraries
  • Flights and transfers included
  • Best rates guaranteed
Month-by-month guide

When to visit

  • Best
  • Good
  • Mixed
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC
Start your unique journey


At Mahlatini, we like to make things easy for you. Browse our website for inspiration or pick up the phone. Whether you’re full of ideas or unsure of where to start, we’re here to help. Serial safari-goer or first-time visitor, we’re ready to create your ultimate tailormade itinerary.

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Call us or enquire online. Share your wish list and we’ll start planning your adventure.

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We won’t stop refining your plans until we get the perfect trip at the best price.

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Receive your Mahlatini travel documents, pack your bags and set off on your trip of a lifetime!

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