Garden Route Outings

7km hike at Woodville Big Tree now open

Woodville Big Tree hike, Hoekwil - George

New 7km hiking trail opened at Woodville Big Tree, Garden Route National Park. 
In August 2023, I heard that SANPARKS had just opened a new 7km hiking trail at Woodville Big Tree in Hoekwil, which is part of the Garden Route National Park. Bryan and I were very keen to explore this n

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Big Five wildlife at Gondwana Game Reserve in Mossel Bay

Big Five wildlife at Gondwana Game Reserve in Mossel Bay

One of the Best Western Cape Game Reserves
Having been Safari Guides when we lived in KwaZulu-Natal, Bryan and I were keen to find out what Game Reserves are available for people visiting the Garden Route. One thing we really miss from our time in KZN is the wildlife. We had heard

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Dutton's Cove Restaurant Herold's Bay

Dutton's Cove Restaurant Herold's Bay George

Restaurant with delicious food and great ocean view in Herolds Bay. If you are looking for a great restaurant with stunning ocean views, incredibly tasty food and extremely friendly service, then I highly recommend Dutton’s Cove in Herolds Bay. Dutton’s Cove is one of mine a

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Outeniqua Transport Museum, George

Visit the Outeniqua Transport Museum in George

Take a 360 degree tour of the Outeniqua Transport Museum. Visit the Outeniqua Transport Museum in George for a trip down memory lane and marvel at a variety of 13 steam locomotives. See the Emil Kessler, Johannesburg’s first steam locomotive, the GL Garrett with its antiquated carri

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4x4 and fishing at Old Mill Country Lodge and Restaurant, Oudtshoorn

Old Mill Country Lodge & Restaurant activities in Oudtshoorn

For adventure activities and attractions, visit the Old Mill (De Oude Meul) Country Lodge and Restaurant in Oudtshoorn, only 12 km from the famous Cango Caves.   As an adventure destination, Old Mill has a lot to offer, including 4 x 4 river and bush adventure experiences for adults a

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The George Museum

One of the paintings on display

On 23 April 1811, the Earl of Caledon, British Governor of the Cape, proclaimed the new magisterial district of George. The new town was named after the reigning monarch of England, King George III. The first magistrate, Adrian van Kervel, supervised the buiding of the Drostdy (residency) in

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Down to Earth: Event Venue & Restaurant

Wooden deck with an awesome view

Down to Earth is an event venue and restaurant with a beautiful ocean view, situated at Herolds Bay Eco Resort. The welcoming by staff is friendly and as you enter the restaurant, the atmosphere is warm and earthy. The walls are made of clay and straw, the high ceiling from wood a

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Map of Africa: Scenic view at Wilderness

Map of Africa - Wilderness (Photo: Amanda van der Merwe)

The 'Map of Africa' is an extraordinary viewpoint at Wilderness Heights. The small village of Wilderness is situated approximately 15km from George, driving on the N2 highway towards Knysna. Having traveled this road several times, I can vow it is very likely that you will see paraglid

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Redberry Farm

Experience the picking of your own strawberries

If you are looking for a fun and original day out there is nothing that rivals the Redberry Farm experience.  As one enters the farming area just outside George on the Geelhoutboom Road, you will be in awe of the rows and rows of strawberries in what is now known as “Strawberry Cou

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Brenton on Sea

Brenton on Sea View from afar. Photo:

There are many beaches along the South African Garden Route Southern Cape Coast that take ones breath away and Brenton on Sea is one such a beach; however Brenton on Sea is a stretch of coastline that needs to be experienced, rather than simply viewed from a distance. On a good da

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The ARTbeat of Sedgefield

Arts and Crafts Market

A variety of arts and crafts can be seen every weekend at the Scarab Village Market in Sedgefield. The market has a discern of quality artwork, crafted by people with exceptional talents. Time spent here is a brief escape from modern rush and noise. Holidaymakers, day visitors and tourists ca

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Victoria Bay: a hidden gem

Victoria Bay is approximately 3km from George and 6km from Wilderness (Photo: A vd Merwe)

Victoria Bay is situated approximately 3km from George and 6km from Wilderness traveling from George to Knysna on the N2. This lovely bay is also referred to as "Vicbay" by some people. The small bay has a relaxed beach setting and is almost enclosed by cliffs. There are onl

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George: Garden Route Botanical Gardens

Main entrance Garden Route botanical Gardens

The George Botanical Garden is situated on the outskirts of the town, yet it is far enough from traffic noise to hear the sounds of birds and insects. You see a wide variety of  indigenous trees, beds of flowers, fynbos and succulent plants. Small signboards inform the visitor of plant n

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Paul Page: The Cheeseman

Paul Page from Cheeseman

When Paul explains the cheesemaking process you realise much more is involved than just converting milk into cheese. It is a complex process and a mix between art and science. "Cheesemaking is a specialized trade. It takes a lot of knowledge and experience and  there are even cheese

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Lake Brenton

Margarets View Brenton Knysna South Africa (Photo

Aside from the breathtaking ocean views, sun kissed beaches and amazing plant life, the quaint towns, villages and coves along the Southern Cape coastline are the real attraction to one of South Africa’s most popular tourist destinations, the South African Garden Route and Klein Kar

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