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.

Aspect V- Aspect Romance: The Fairest Cape

South Africa's Cape region is one of the most beautiful and magical in the country. Stunning landscapes, quaint little towns, and unspoilt coastline make up this area, and it is malaria-free as well. The 11-night Fairest Cape Safari is a wonderful way to explore this amazing part of the country. You will experience a classic safari experience, with a chance…

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Duration: 11 nights
Budget: $300 - $500 p.p.p.d.

Aspect V: Iconic Aspects of South Africa

South Africa is a truly unique place that is often referred to as ‘the world in one country’. This is due to its wonderful diversity of cultures, scenery, and places. With a rich, dark, and colourful history, it makes for a fascinating destination to explore. This 12-night tour will ensure you get to see all the iconic destinations of South…

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Duration: 12 nights
Budget: $300 - $500 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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