South Africa – The Garden Route in 5 Days

South Africa

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From $1,050 per person


4 Nights


Mossel Bay, Knysna & Plettenberg Bay


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South Africa – The Garden Route in 5 Days

Experience the captivating beauty of South Africa’s Garden Route, winding from Mossel Bay to George, showcasing pristine beaches, dramatic cliffs, thrilling activities, and rich cultural encounters for an unforgettable adventure.

Undertake a self-driven exploration from Cape Town to Mossel Bay, tracing a picturesque route spanning roughly 4.5 to 5.5 hours by car, affording you ample time to admire the rolling hills, vineyards, and expansive ocean vistas en route. With the convenience of a rental car at your disposal, this journey offers both autonomy and flexibility. Upon reaching Mossel Bay, a serene coastal town nestled beside the Indian Ocean, you’ll encounter its alluring beaches and a picturesque harbour, creating an ideal setting for relaxation and leisurely exploration.


Mossel Bay, nestled along South Africa’s captivating coastline, invites you to a coastal haven where natural beauty and maritime history intertwine. With its idyllic beaches, charming harbour, and panoramic ocean views, Mossel Bay offers a picturesque escape. Steeped in significance as an early exploration site, the town’s Diaz Museum Complex preserves tales of its past. Whether you’re seeking sun-soaked relaxation or a touch of history, Mossel Bay welcomes you to discover its unique blend of coastal allure and cultural heritage.


As the sun sets, you’ll finally arrive at your serene retreat after an invigorating drive. Freshen up, prepare to have dinner in the enchanting ambiance of their stunning restaurant. After a delightful meal, it’s time to check into your accommodation, where you can rest and rejuvenate, ready for the next day’s adventure.

Upon your arrival at Kwena Lodge in Gondwana, you’ll be warmly greeted and efficiently checked in. As you settle into your luxurious accommodation, take a moment to appreciate the serene surroundings of the South African wilderness. Afterwards, indulge in a delectable dinner at the lodge’s restaurant, offering a taste of exquisite South African cuisine. As the day winds down, unwind and prepare for an exciting adventure in the days ahead.

Wake up early on the second day for a thrilling morning game drive, an opportunity to witness the diverse wildlife of Gondwana Game Reserve at its most active. After a captivating journey through the reserve, enjoy a bush breakfast amidst the stunning natural backdrop. As the morning unfolds, return to the lodge for some leisure time. You can opt for a guided bush walk, a spa treatment, or simply bask in the tranquillity of the lodge’s surroundings. After lunch, your afternoon is at your leisure, ensuring you have the chance to fully embrace the lodge’s amenities and soak up the enchanting atmosphere of the African wilderness. In the late afternoon, embark on another memorable game drive before returning to the lodge for a sumptuous dinner under the starry African sky, rounding off your second day at Kwena Lodge.

The Garden Route journey from Mossel Bay to Knysna is a breathtaking adventure through South Africa’s scenic coastal wonderland. Starting in Mossel Bay, travellers are greeted with pristine beaches, dramatic cliffs, and a rich maritime history, with the iconic Cape St. Blaize Lighthouse offering panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. Continuing along the route, the charming town of Knysna awaits, nestled on the shores of a tranquil lagoon, renowned for its indigenous forests and the mesmerizing Knysna Heads. This captivating expedition promises an unforgettable experience, showcasing diverse natural beauty, warm hospitality, and a chance to immerse in the rich culture of this captivating region.


Situated along South Africa’s captivating Garden Route, Knysna stands as a coastal gem celebrated for its incomparable natural beauty. Encompassing the tranquil Knysna Lagoon with its iconic heads, the verdant Knysna Forest, and an abundance of outdoor pursuits, from invigorating hikes to captivating scuba diving and picturesque golf courses, Knysna beckons both adventurers and nature enthusiasts. Its rich cultural heritage, exemplified in its cuisine and commemorated during events such as the Knysna Oyster Festival, adds a layer of depth to the town’s allure. With its harmonious blend of awe-inspiring landscapes, heart-pounding activities, and cultural diversity, Knysna guarantees an unforgettable experience, unveiling the enchanting wonders of South Africa’s Garden Route.


Welcome to Bollard Bay Beach House, a serene coastal retreat nestled along the shores of Bollard Bay. Our beach house offers a range of cosy rooms and self-catering cottages, each providing a comfortable and inviting atmosphere. Enjoy private beach access, where you can bask in the sun, swim, or indulge in water sports like kayaking and paddleboarding. For nature lovers, scenic nature walks, birdwatching, and nearby attractions like Knysna Heads and the Knysna Elephant Park await. In the evening, experience the beauty of the night sky while stargazing, take a peaceful beach walk under the moonlight, or join in on the occasional entertainment provided.

At Bollard Bay Beach House, guests are treated to a harmonious blend of comfort and natural beauty. The beach house features a well-maintained garden and picnic area, perfect for relaxing and enjoying quality time with family and friends. Unwind in the comfortable lounge area, socialize with fellow guests, and savour delicious meals at the on-site restaurant, offering a diverse menu of local and international cuisine. In the evening, gather around the bonfire pit for storytelling under the stars. Whether you seek adventure or relaxation, the outdoor activities, including fishing and hiking trails, provide ample opportunities for both. While you’re here, enjoy a breathtaking sunset cruise.

Take a beautiful trip from Knysna to Plettenberg Bay, a charming coastal town in South Africa. The road is surrounded by lush forests and pretty hills, offering stunning views. When you reach Plettenberg Bay, you’ll see the sparkling Indian Ocean with its turquoise waters and sandy beaches. Enjoy the beach and water activities in this lovely town known for its natural beauty and friendly atmosphere. Keep an eye out for local wildlife along the way, and once in Plettenberg Bay, savour the delicious seafood at the beach front restaurants. It’s a wonderful journey that will leave you with great memories of South Africa’s Garden Route.


Located along the breathtaking South African coastline, Plettenberg Bay stands as a coastal paradise celebrated for its unspoiled beaches, lush greenery, and vibrant atmosphere. Affectionately known as “Plett” by locals, this charming town offers a captivating blend of natural beauty and exhilarating outdoor adventures. Its golden beaches, including the renowned Robberg Beach, beckon visitors to soak up the sun, enjoy invigorating swims, and partake in an array of water sports. In proximity, the Robberg Nature Reserve boasts an extensive network of hiking trails that reveal panoramic vistas of the Indian Ocean. Beyond its natural allure, Plettenberg Bay serves as a cultural hub, hosting art galleries, cultural events, and boasting a flourishing culinary scene, making it a well-rounded coastal destination that epitomizes the essence of South African seaside living.

Experience an enchanting day and night at Plettenberg Hotel, starting with your arrival at lunchtime. Prepare for a culinary journey as you enjoy wine tasting tours and diverse culinary experiences, treating your taste buds to the region’s finest wines and delectable fresh seafood and South African dishes. After a satisfying lunch, get ready for thrilling encounters with nature, hopping on boat cruises to explore the picturesque coastline of Plettenberg Bay. Witness the grandeur of majestic whales during their seasonal migration, creating unforgettable memories of these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.

Before the sun sets, enjoy a wine tasting experience, then return to the comfort of Plettenberg Hotel, where luxurious accommodations await you. Unwind and relax in the warm ambiance of the hotel, surrounded by excellent service and attention to detail. Indulge in a delightful dinner at the hotel’s restaurant, relishing sumptuous dishes paired with the perfect wine selection. After a day full of adventures and culinary delights, let the soothing sound of the ocean lull you to sleep, concluding your day/night at Plettenberg Hotel with a sense of wonder and contentment.

After enjoying a delicious breakfast at the Plettenberg Hotel, get ready to continue your Garden Route journey. The next stop is George, the final leg of your adventure, which will take approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. As you travel, be captivated by the stunning landscapes, including lush greenery, rolling hills, and beautiful coastal vistas. George welcomes you with its majestic Outeniqua Mountains and a warm atmosphere, ensuring a memorable conclusion to your Garden Route exploration.


George offers a perfect playground for outdoor enthusiasts with thrilling hiking trails through the stunning Outeniqua Mountains and the opportunity to explore the diverse flora and fauna of the Garden Route National Park. Birdwatchers can delight in spotting a variety of avian species in their natural habitat, adding to the area’s natural charm. While enjoying a delicious lunch. For an adrenaline rush, quad biking is an exhilarating option, allowing you to traverse the scenic landscapes of George. Whether you prefer the tranquillity of bird watching, the excitement of quad biking, or the beauty of hiking, George caters to all nature lovers, providing an array of activities to create unforgettable experiences

As you bid farewell to the mesmerizing beauty of George and savour its scenic views, it’s time to embark on your journey back to your destination. The drive from George to Cape Town offers a distance of approximately 4 to 5 hours, depending on the route and traffic conditions. Take this opportunity to appreciate the picturesque landscapes along the way, making occasional stops for rest and refreshments to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable trip. As you leave George behind, carry with you the cherished memories of your time in this charming town, and anticipate the adventures and experiences that await you in Cape Town.

Services Overview

  • Kwena Lodge (Pool View)
  • Bollard Bay House ( Suite, Breakfast Included)
  • Plettenberg Hotel
  • Rental car
  • Wine tasting
  • Knysna Sunset Cruise
  • Spa Treatments
  • Fuel / Gas
  • Personal travel, luggage and medical insurance
  • Beverages ( except where indicated)
  • Phone Bills

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