The Garden Route: South Africa’s greenest stretch of coastline overlooked by an endless body of mountains and lush native flora; voted by NatGeo as one of the best destinations to visit the whole world over… This attractive piece of South African paradise offers an array of activities for family holidays (even if you’re a family of one!)
Garden Route Attractions and Outdoor Adventures
A family affair
Pick-your-own strawberries, the largest maze in the Southern Hemisphere, artesian eateries, craft beer, wine and did we mention strawberry daiquiri’s? Animals to entertain, steam trains, pedal go-carting… the list goes on! This family-owned strawberry farm has a whole lot of heart and makes for an affordable family day out. Plus the strawberry picking is pretty romantic if it’s an outing for two…
The maze takes about an hour (young kids may need to be carried, but the stamp collection usually keeps them engaged), and the rest is all at your own leisure based. A seven-minute drive from the airport in the direction of Fancourt.
Canoeing at Kaaimans
A proper Garden Route experience
If it’s nature you seek, let’s just say that we think you have reached the peak! Set aside at least 5 hours to fully enjoy it all. A very do-able paddle alongside thick greenery and chirping birds. Pack a picnic. There are rocks to climb and waterfalls to jump from. Don’t forget your sunscreen, a waterproof bag for your camera and if you’re a rock climber, a pair of good grip shoes. Situated at the foot of Kaaimans pass, underneath the bridge. R150 per person per hour.
Spoorweg Museum & Power Van
For the rainy days – an indoor activity in the Garden Route
A prestigious preservation of South Africa’s railway history, including steam trains, vintage cars and periodic railway décor. Kids will enjoy faux driving the vintage mobiles and the 2 hour 30 minute power van excursion out to Great Brak River.
Museum entrance R20 for adults, R10 for kids. Power van is R150 for adults, R130 for kids (advanced booking essential). Pack a picnic! The museum is 4km inland from the mall.
Fearless Canyon Adventures
Abseil your fears away
It all goes down (quite literally – yourself included!) along the Robberg Peninsula and cliff face in the magnificent Plettenberg Bay. The highest abseiling set-‐up in the Garden Route. While you’re harnessed to a rope, feet planted on the cliff, you’ll get to take in the view of a lifetime as qualified instructors offer all the support and safety you’ll need on your way down. And what goes down should come up, right? Well, there’s rock climbing on offer too! Dress in hiking gear, pack a warm top, sunscreen and hat, and don’t forget your sense of adventure!
Cost to abseil is R850 per person and includes all transport, equipment, a SUP outing and GoPro footage. Lunch is an additional and optional R150. Getting back up the cliff face will set you back R900. Go on! Face your fears. There is an array of Garden Route adventure activities on offer with Fearless Canyon Adventures… Find them across the road from The Wilderness Hotel.
Inn Victori – Kids Camp
A Garden Route family holiday winner!
On a family holiday in the Garden Route and keen to really have a holiday? Inn Victori Kids Camp can make that dream a reality! Surf lessons, beach games, sustainability days and an opportunity to meet other kids from around the world. A three-‐day surf camp for kids that will equip your children with surfing skills and tips appropriate for their current level, plus valued knowledge of and a deep respect for the ocean and its tides, the wind and swell. Winter or summer, rain or sun, Inn Victori will keep them entertained and having fun!
Prices start from R850 per camp and are inclusive of a surfboard, wetsuit, a yoga class and snacks suitable for the season! Winter camps: 9-‐1pm, 1-‐3 July and 8-‐11 July 2019. Summer dates to be released soon. You’ll find Inn Victori 300m after the turn-‐off to Victoria Bay from the N2 towards Wilderness.
Fairy Cruises at Ebb and Flow
Going with the flow
If you’re looking for things to do in Wilderness, this tranquil offering is an affordable and captivating way to take in the Garden Route’s natural beauty. For an hour-‐and-‐a-‐half you’ll cruise along the reed-‐lined Touw River, transition into dense forest and emerge at the Wilderness river mouth. In-‐between it all, you’ll enter into the world of birds and if you’re lucky see some jumping fish. R170 for adults; R100 for kids, refreshments included. Pack your camera, binoculars and a warm top. Booking in advance is advised. Take the Dumbleton Crescent turn off from the N2 and follow the signs!