Sensing the Garden Route

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Sensing the Garden Route
Get In Touch
Sensing the Garden Route
Get In Touch

There is no better way to experience a destination than by immersing yourself completely in its beauty, its experiences and its people.

Our latest series of blogs aims to help you to fully experience Cape Town and the Western Cape by wholly embracing it with all your senses in all six regions of our incredible province. First up, we showcase The Garden Route and Klein Karoo. This renowned region is made up of coastal gems like Knysna, Vic Bay and Plettenberg Bay, while inland you will find the likes of Oudtshoorn, Heidelberg and more

How to TASTE the Garden Route

How about you start off your day at the East Head Cafe; an ideal breakfast spot in Knysna catering for all diets and dining areas. Alternatively, you can pick up snacks from a local bakery - Le Fournil de Plett or Knysna’s Île de Pain are known for their delectable pastries.

To taste the essence of the coastal towns, head over to Ristorante Enrico for some Seafood cuisine. The Lookout Deck also caters to the pescatarian palate, with a picturesque view. For a sweeter seaside treat, Ice Palazzo is an ice cream parlor well-known for its fresh and forever-changing flavors. Or for a romantic night, Nineteen89 and Nguni offer divine dining for you and your date. Traveling for work and pleasure? Cafe Pure in Plett is a digital nomad’s oasis with free wifi and good coffee. Lastly, if you wish to bring the Garden Route to your meals at home, The Potter (est. 1981) is a quaint shop that sells artistic china, ceramics and pots; a useful and aesthetic souvenir.

How to SEE the Garden Route

One of the best ways to see the world differently is to gain another perspective. The Map of Africa View Point is one of George’s most famous spots; as its name may suggest, the lookout is a breathtaking sight. If you want to see the world rush past you, consider zip-lining through the picturesque Tsitsikamma. To turn your world upside down, visit the world’s highest bungee from a bridge, above the Bloukrans River valley. There are many amazing adventures and outdoor activities across the area; from all heights and all depths!

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How to HEAR the Garden Route

If you like the sound of your own voice, you will love the expansive and echoing Cango Caves! Found at the foothills of the Swartberg mountain range (near Oudtshoorn) are a collection of caves, tunnels and chambers stretching over 4km. To explore these natural marvels, remember to book with a tour or group.
Alternatively, to hone your listening abilities, explore Plett’s Puzzle Park; a family-fun activity full of mazes and forest walks.

Alternatively, if you would like to dream of the Garden Route while drifting into a peaceful sleep, give our One Day podcast a listen: https://podcasts.apple.com/za/...

How to SMELL the Garden Route

Sea, salt and sand: key elements to fully experiencing the Garden Route. There’s nothing like a relaxing day by the beach to recharge and rejuvenate.

for a secluded seaside, visit: 

  • Noetzie in Knysna, 
  • Heralds Bay Beach, 
  • Gerickes Point or Cola Beach in Sedgefield, 
  • Brenton Beach, and 
  • Sparrebosch Beach in Pezula Golf Estate

for surfing & waves, visit:

  • Victoria Bay Beach, 
  • Swartvlei Beach or 
  • Myoli Beach in Sedgefield

for a busy & bustling beach, visit:

  • Central Beach, 
  • Lookout Beach, or
  • Robberg in Plett

How to FEEL the Garden Route

One of the many ways to get in touch with the Garden Route is to explore the wildlife and its many nature parks.

The Elephant Sanctuary in Knysna is amongst the top on the list. For more of your feathery friends, visit any of the many Ostrich farms in Oudtshoorn, or Plett’s Birds of Eden. Monkeyland in Plett is another amazing animal adventure. With various wildlife sanctuaries and rehabilitation centers populating the route, there is ample selection and variety.

How to hone your 6th SENSE in the Garden Route

The Garden Route has a host of therapeutic and healing centers; from massages and spa days, to crystal hunting and gem exploring, there is no shortage of option or choice. May the picturesque and natural surroundings aid you in getting in touch with your 6th sense.

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