Sun and Sea

The Garden Route offers some of the best water sport areas along the Southern Coast of Africa.
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    Inspired by the love for yachting, local Maritime history and the modernisation of its representation. Experience start sailing adventures, competent crew courses, accredited radio telephony, day skipper and coastal skipper courses, and coastal mileage building passages arranged along the Garden Route coastline.

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  • Hire a boat, or bring your own and cruise our beautiful lagoon, streams and rivers
  • Take a ferry trip across to Featherbed Nature Reserve or to the Knysna Heads - enjoy a romantic sunset or leisurely lunchtime cruise
  • For an adrenalin rush in the water, go shark cage diving at Mossel Bay or Blackwater Tubing at Storms river
  • Watch the Dolphins and Whales as they play along our coastline.

Sun and Sea Activities, Garden Route

Adventure activities

  • Paraglide in heaven - soar above the coast and have a birds-eye view of this beautiful environment
  • Experience a half-day Start Sailing Adventure where you are an active crew member on a beautiful offshore sailing yacht with a local professional skipper.
  • Enjoy the thrill of a Rib ride out through the Knysna Heads
  • Go Rock climbing in some of our unique and beautiful areas
  • Explore the area by quad bike (biking on the beach is not allowed due to the fragile eco-system)
  • Experience the thrill of hanging from a cable and gliding from one tree to another in the dense Tsitsikamma Forest

Garden Route Adventure Activities

Wild Life

  • Visit a Game Farm just a few minutes outside George and watch the Crocodiles feed
  • Visit one or more of the world famous Ostrich farms in Oudtshoorn
  • Touch Leopards at a Wildlife Ranch
  • Get up close and personal with the inhabitants of Monkey Land
  • Visit the Cheetah Farm
  • Walk with the Elephants in the Knysna Elephant Park
  • See the Knysna Seahorses in the Knysna Lagoon

Garden Route Wildlife

Tourist Attractions

  • George offers you the opportunity to go back in time and experience the magic of the old railway history of Southern Africa at the Railway Museum
  • Indulge in fresh Oysters from the Lagoon and visit the local Brewery
  • Take a trip to Oudtshoorn and see the Kango Caves
  • Visit the Post Office Tree and the Dias Carvel Museum in Mossel Bay

Knysna Tourist Attractions

Outdoor Activities

  • This area is a Golfer's paradise. Visit one of the many PGA registered golf courses along our beautiful coast line
  • Cycle on the many biking trails through the local forests
  • Walk along the various levels of hiking trails in the forests and visit the Big Tree

Garden Route Golf

Out and About

  • Shop till you drop in the many unique shops in Knysna - The Waterfront, Woodmill Lane and Main Street are just some of our many shopping venues
  • There is a wide selection of Restaurants, Coffee Shops, Pubs and Grills, Pizzerias and Farm stalls in and around Knysna
  • Weekends are famous for the many markets in the area - from Sedgefield to Harkerville, the Wilderness and George

Garden Route Shopping