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Archived entries for  Garden Route

Spanning from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth, the Garden Route is a beautifully scenic region, from the semi-desert of the Karoo and forests of Tsitsikamma to pretty seaside towns and white sandy beaches. And it’s great for families! Visit the Garden Route section on our website.

Holiday To-Do List # 3: Robberg Nature Reserve

The Island is to the right of the far beach.

On nights when I struggle to sleep – when my mind refuses to follow my body’s lead, I don’t count livestock, I imagine a walk I’ve done so many times that it grounds my thoughts. I picture my feet, one after the other, carrying me along Robberg Nature Reserve in Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route. […]

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Holiday To-Do List #2: AfriCanyon

AfriCanyon in Plettenberg Bay

The trick is to hide your fear. The water was cold enough to excuse my constant shaking and could also explain the occasional girlish squeal. I held onto my mother’s hand tightly with one hand and the rope with the other (blisters forming from gripping too hard in fright). Everyone knows it’s better to be […]

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Africa Underwater: Our Top 10 Wreck Dives in Africa

Wreck diving

There is something terribly exciting about losing yourself in the crumbling carcass of a shipwreck. Each wreck is tale of storms and scuttled hulls. The treasure found in these skeletons are not gems and gold, but equally special with colourful coral, nudibranchs and vibrant marine life. We’ve adventured along Africa’s coast to find the most […]

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Africa Underwater: Our Top 5 Reefs in South Africa

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So you’ve heard the clichés, the talk of wide grassy plains, incredible sunsets, amazing wildlife, spectacular mountains and breathtaking vistas. You’ve been blown away by the Big 5, seen gorillas in the mist and bungee-jumped off the Victoria Falls. What more could Africa possibly have to offer, you wonder. We’ll tell you exactly what more Africa has to offer, though you may have to […]

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A German, a Boat and Some Whales

Southern Right Whale and Calf

Header photo: Southern right whale with calf – Credit: John Atkinson It’s Whale Season! Whale Season has descended upon the Cape. Locals’ weekends have new purpose and tourists have a whole sea of showtime viewing ahead. Our German intern Tabea Heinz recently headed to Hermanus on the Whale Route to catch a glimpse of the […]

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Wine, Whales and Great Whites

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I spent an hour in a cage in the ocean surrounded by no less than ten voracious sharks and I can report that while I still have a healthy fear of these predators of the sea, I’ve come to respect them and indeed to marvel at their amazing grace, power and supreme biological engineering…

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We recommend: Shamwari Game Reserve

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I recently visited the Shamwari (meaning “friend” in Shona) Game Reserve on the Garden Route and was lucky enough to stay in two of their seven luxury lodges. We left the Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, also in the Eastern Cape, and took a back road short cut to access Shamwari. It was about an hour’s drive past scenic bush and other game reserves.

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Try something different and go on a Garden Route safari!

Spot the Big 5 on safari on the Garden Route

I recently headed up from Cape Town to the Garden Route to film the lodges and safaris on offer in this part of southern Africa. Firstly, I must say, flying from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth for this self-drive safari experience along the Garden Route and its surrounds is definitely the best way to go. Once in PE, the lodges are all very close together and easily accessible. And you don’t need a 4×4… although it would be nice.

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It’s Whale Season!

Humpbacks and Southern Right Whales come to play off the Garden Route coast

Whale Season officially kicks off in South Africa in June and runs until December each year. But nature doesn’t always work to the clock… It showed this when the long-awaited marine giants rocked up behind the breakers at Die Plaat in De Kelders, in Walker Bay, as early as April this year. They’ve been pretty […]

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International Children’s Day – Take your kids on safari!

Children on Safari in Africa

While ‘Children’s Day’ is celebrated on various days in many different countries, ‘International Children’s Day‘ is celebrated on the 1st of June. According to the fountain of knowledge, Wikipedia; “The World Conference for the Well-being of Children in Geneva, Switzerland proclaimed June 1 to be International Children’s Day in 1925.” There’s also ‘Universal Children’s Day’ […]

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A visit to the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees

Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees

This past weekend saw the start of a truly South African experience and after a trek and a half I arrived in time to see the sights and hear the sounds of the Klein Karoo Nationale Kunste Fees (in English, the Little Karoo National Arts Festival). Held in Oudtshoorn, it is a celebration of the […]

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138 Marine Beachfront in Hermanus

138 Marine Hermanus

There is one thing that always relaxes me and that is the sound of the ocean! There’s nothing better than falling asleep to the sound of waves crashing against the rocks and the beautiful smell of the sea air! And there’s no better place to enjoy these natural pleasures than Hermanus… Located in a small […]

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