The Garden Route is one of South Africa's tourism jewels. The region encompasses a mosaic of ecosystems ranging from rain forest to superb coastline. Although not a major safari region, the area hosts several smaller reserves and wildlife sanctuaries where one can get close and personal to African wildlife. The Garden Route National Park is made up of the Tsitsikamma forests, the Wilderness estuaries and the the Knysna Lagoon and surrounding forest. A small population of secretive elephants still reside in the forests surrounding the town of Knysna and although seldom seen are testimony to what these vast forests can hide. The area can be enjoyed by everyone... a myriad of trails for hikers and mountain bikers, world class beaches, fabulous restaurants, a range of accommodation options and a plethora of activities can be experienced!

Facts & Figures

Park / Reserve Size: 121 000 Ha
Reserve Type: National Park
Big 5: No
Specialist Specie: Elephant
Malaria Area: No
Nearest Town: Knysna

Accommodation in Garden Route National Park

Knysna Forest Timber Camping Decks, Garden Route

The Knysna Forest is world famous for its magical beauty, dark and mystical recesses and giant Outeniqua Yellowwoods, some of which are almost a thousand years old. It has achieved a mythical and permanent place in South African literature. SANParks offers Forest Timber Camping Decks in the heart of the forest. Set in a landscape of beautiful beaches and rocky…

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Accomodation Type: Camping
Budget: Less than $150 p.p.p.d.

Nature’s Valley Rest Camp, Garden Route

Nature's Valley Rest Camp is located in the Tsitsikamma Section of the Garden Route National Park, 40km west of Storms River. The camp consists of forest huts, and a campsite for tents or caravans. The two-bed forest huts have communal ablution facilities, and are equipped with electricity. There are also electric geysers in the ablution blocks. The forest huts are…

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Accomodation Type: Self-catering, Camping
Budget: Less than $150 p.p.p.d.

Storms River Mouth Rest Camp, Garden Route

Where the booming breakers of the Indian Ocean relentlessly pound rocky shores, where temperate high forest and fynbos roll down to the sea in an unspoilt verdant carpet, where ancient rivers carve their paths to the ocean down rocky ravines... this is the Tsitsikamma Section of the Garden Route National Park. Known as "the place of much water", the heartland…

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Accomodation Type: Self-catering, Camping
Budget: Less than $150 p.p.p.d.

Tours and Activities in Garden Route National Park

Affordable Cape Town Explorer

Cape Town is a fantastic city to explore. Steeped in history and full to the brim with natural beauty, you will be forgiven for not knowing where to start. That is why this 3-day Cape Town Explorer is the perfect fit for anyone wanting to visit the Mother City. You will be transported by an experienced guide to both historical…

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Duration: 3 days
Budget: Less than $150 p.p.p.d.

Garden Route & Karoo Safari Tour

The Garden Route Appetiser Safari is a journey through South Africa's south-western Cape that explores the diversity and majesty of one of the most unique areas in the country. The tour begins at the world-class city of Cape Town, and travels along the world-famous Garden Route, which is so named because of its grand forests and stunning stretches of coastline.…

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Duration: 4 days
Budget: $150 - $300 p.p.p.d.

Garden Route Paragliding Tour

See the Garden Route from a completely new perspective. You can now get a bird's-eye view of South Africa's stunning Western Cape coastline. This paragliding tour offers everything- adventure, excitement, and a truly unique thrill! Not many can say that they've had this kind of experience. This 5-day tour takes you on a paragliding adventure in the famous Garden Route…

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Duration: 5 days
Budget: $150 - $300 p.p.p.d.
Map Info

Lookout for

Whales & Dolphins
Grey Rhebok
Blue Duiker
Striped Polecat
Cape Clawless Otter
Water Mongoose
Vervet Monkey
White Rhino

Key Species

Vervet Monkey

Olive Woodpecker
Narina Trogon
Sharp-billed Honeyguide
Knysna Turaco
Pied Kingfisher

Water Monitor Lizard
Leopard Tortoise
Puff Adder

Outeniqua Yellowwood
White Stinkwood


Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 4
Mammals: 6
Birds: 9
Reptiles: 6
Trees: 9
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