Explore Along South Africa’s Garden Route

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The Garden Route is the stretch of coast at the most southern tip of Africa extending  from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to the Storms River in the Eastern Cape. It is a wondrous mix of nature, man-made golf courses, wildlife, eclectic artist communities and more. It is an excellent choice for a family wellness vacation.

If you read our article, South Africa Family Adventure, then you have an idea of the cost of such an adventure for approximately two weeks with your family. The article also mentioned some wildlife activities you may want to explore during your visit. In addition to spending time on safari, there are other activities you can immerse yourself while in South Africa. We’ve made a list for you.

Cango Caves

The Cango Caves offers an experience for the adventurous and the easy-going to enjoy the displays of of stalactites and stalagmites. Located “29km from Oudtshoorn, at the head of the picturesqueCango Valley. Situated in a limestone ridge parallel to the well known Swartberg Mountains, you will find the finest dripstone caverns, with their vast hallsand towering formations. ~ Cango Caves

Once inside, you may also witness bats that still reside inside as you navigate through the naturally made corridors leading to openings and crevices throughout the cave.

Cheetah Walk

Head to the Garden Route Game Lodge for this rare experiencing walking a cheetah. Through the Cheetah Conservation Centre, you can learn about these beautiful creatures as you take them for a stroll with the Game Ranger. This activity is not suitable for anyone under the age of 16.

golfing along the Garden Route
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Go Golfing

While the East London Golf Club is the most prominent in the area, you may want to try out another course such as the St. Francis Bay Golf Club in the Eastern Cape. This course overlooks the ocean giving you breathtaking views.

white-water rafting mjthomas1 / Pixabay

Blackwater Tubing

Head to Tsitsikamma National Park for a day of Blackwater Tubing. If you are lucky enough, the waters will be rough enough to give you more of a white-water rafting experience. Otherwise, a smooth Blackwater tubing adventure along the river will give you and your family enough excitement to last a lifetime.

visit a winery
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Visit a Winery

Bramon Wine Estate in the Crags sits smack dab in the middle of the Garden Route. It is a perfect mid-way stop for you to stroll around, taste some wine and indulge in some delicious cuisine. This wine estate overlooks the Tsitsikamma mountains and The Elephant Sanctuary giving you plenty to rest your sight on while sitting in the vineyard.

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Hit the beach cocoparisienne / Pixabay

Hit the Beach

Situated just about 5 km from Mossel Bay, you can parlay for the day at Little Brak Beach, an idyllic stretch of beach with white sands where you can whale watch right from the beach. If you want to get in the water, there are plenty of water activities to keep you busy such as kayaking, fishing, kite-surfing and more.

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Go abseiling spencerlikestorun / Pixabay


Are you an adrenaline junkie? If you enjoy rappelling down a vertical drop, then abseiling in the Kaaimans Gorge may be right up your alley. This is not for the faint of heart. And we must say, it is quite risky. However, ‘risk’ may be your middle name.

If you were to visit South Africa, what activity would more intrigue you?


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  1. Ok you had me at walking a cheetah. This sounds amazing and I would love love love to do this lol. If I ever get the chance to visit South Africa, this is something I will be doing. No if and or buts about it!!!

  2. This trip seriously sounds like it was so nice!! I have never been to this destination before but man I want to go now! Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful pictures!

  3. Wow the scenery is spectacular! I definitely want to go and visit this one day!! :) Thanks for sharing the wonderful photos and videos. Something about nature just makes me feel so calm and peaceful. Nature has so much to offer, structure, support, beauty, grace and so much more! I want go go and visit!

    1. relax, release, renew – that is the way I feel when in nature. Nature helps lower your stress, keep you centered and focused on what’s important. The Garden Route can do this for you.

    1. I’ve explored a few caves in my day and it still makes me a little clammy before I enter. I need to stop watching movies where bad things happen in caves. lol. When I leave I am happy for the experience.

  4. I was excited about the Cango Caves, but I’d much rather walk a Cheetah and pet one too!! Oh I would be in heaven . I’ve always had a love for the big cats and I have little domestic cats at home.

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