There's plenty of adventure to be had along the 186 miles of the Garden Route that stretches across the south-western coast of South Africa. It’s regarded as one of the most beautiful regions in the country with its stunning beaches, indigenous forests and beautiful flowers – hence the name!  Travelling the garden route is one of the best ways to introduce yourself to South Africa – you’ll be spoilt for choice for things to do but here are just a few of our favourites.

Knysna Elephant Park

Enjoy a hearty breakfast in the company of the Elephant herd at the Knysna Elephant Park. Start your day with a leisurely stroll at elephant pace around the beautiful parks with your very own elephant guide. Take in the surroundings of the forest and the beautiful mountain vistas whilst feeding the largest land mammals on earth. The Elephant park has been open for over 23 years and was set up by a husband and wife team to become the first facility to care for orphaned African elephants.

Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary

Monkeyland Primate sanctuary is the first free roaming primate sanctuary in the world and has more than 700 resident primates roaming their natural forest home. Enjoy a fascinating monkey safari and explore the 12 hectares of indigenous forest that is home to 11 different species of primates including the ring-tailed lemur and the Bolivian Squirrel Monkey. You can also keep an eye on all of the 'monkey business' whilst walking along the 128-metre-long suspension bridge.

Storms River Suspension Bridge

In the magnificent coastal reserve of Tsitsikamma National Park is the 77-metre-long suspension bridge which sits less than seven metres above where the mouth of the river meets the Indian ocean. If you fancy a hike, there are plenty of beautiful scenic routes you can take that bring you to the bridge on your way to explore more of this beautiful park.

Cango Caves

Cango Caves is one of South Africa’s top 10 most visited attractions situated just outside the city of Oudtshoorn. These mysterious and strangely beautiful caves stretch over 4km and are home to some of the oldest stalagmite accumulations on the planet. At the caves there are two types of tour to choose from: the heritage tour takes visitors through the easy going chambers of this great natural wonder whilst the adventure tour takes you on a much more daring route, including a narrow 15 centimetre passage to explore this underground wonderworld.

Whale Watching

The Garden Route has some great spots for whale watching with Plettenberg Bay and Mossel Bay both great destinations to stop at. Marvel at the magnificent marine life from the great vantage points at Plettenberg Bay or visit Mossel Bay to get even closer on a boat tour. The winter months in Mossel Bay are great for whale watching as the Southern Right whales migrate to the coastal waters of the Western Cape to mate and calve – an added treat for those who are going on a Lions Tour!