Garden Route

The scenic Garden Route is the central part of the South coast between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.

Together with bordering regions this part of South Africa showcases some of the best sceneries of the country: breathtaking beaches and surfer hotspots, the whale-watching center Hermanus, the soft rolling hills of the Overberg, the dry Karoo with seemingly endless space and sky, thick forests and numerous picturesque lagoons and lakes and popular small holiday resorts along the way like Knysna, Plettenberg Bay or San Francis Bay.

In addition to that the Garden route also features some fine (and malaria free) nature and game reserves!

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Hotels & lodges along Garden Route’s beaches

Below we present a selection of guesthouses and hotels along Garden Route’s beaches.

Dune Ridge Country House

Dune Ridge Country House is a comfortable, colonial style country-house on the outskirts of the picturesque seaside village of St Francis Bay, set in a small nature reserve and surrounded by large and lush landscaped gardens bustling with an abundance of birdlife....

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Dolphins Playground

A small personal beachfront bed and breakfast in Plettenberg Bay with a warm and friendly hostess, only 50 meters from the magnificent Robberg beach! All three suites have lovely sea and mountain views and open up to the sun deck from where occasionally dolphins and...

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Tonquani is a peaceful and tranquil 5 star hotel on the hills above Knysna. The wooden log chalets are surrounded by mountains, lush vegetation and the soothing sound of flowing water. Each chalet has air-conditioning, a private patio and a barbecue. Some units have a...

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Amanzi Island Lodge

A classy guesthouse with a distinct beach house feel on Leisure Isle in the beautiful Knysna Lagoon. The tranquil spacious lodge offers spectacular view over the Knysna Heads and the Featherbed Nature Reserve. Amanzi Island Lodge has 5 lagoon-facing rooms that...

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Bamboo is a quirky and colourful guesthouse in Hunters Home, a few minutes drive from the center of Knysna. All of the Garden Cottage Rooms and Courtyard Suites are individually styled with a distinct African touch and set in a tropical garden with its sound of...

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Quarter Hotel Hermanus

The Quarter hotel is smack bang in the middle of the quaint little town of Hermanus, right above the historic harbor. The town arguably offers the best land based whale watching on the African continent. The Quarter Hotel offers very comfortable and modern standard...

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Beluga House

This well priced guesthouse is located in Hermanus, the small town famous for whale spotting! Watch the mighty Southern Right Whales in season from the famous cliff path across the road! Only 5 minutes walk to the center of town. All rooms in this friendly family run...

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Lily Pond Country Lodge

Lily Pond Country Lodge in Natures Valley, 20 km from Plettenberg Bay, is a contemporary “African-Zen” Lodge on a private nature reserve with breathtaking views of three large lily ponds and secluded by indigenous forest. Large salt water pool with wooden decks around...

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Rietfontein Ostrich Palace

Rietfontein Ostrich Palace is the oldest working ostrich farm, located on Route 62 between Calitzdorp and Oudtshoorn, and was established in 1879 during the feather boom era. Antique country style accommodation in 3 restored farm cottages. Huge round pool - and a...

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The perfect little farm get-away ! A guesthouse with wonderful friendly hosts, on top of a hill, just 40km away from Oudtshoorn. Originally the local schoolhouse, it has been renovated and features a large verandah with magnificent views of both the Swartberg and...

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The Retreat at Groenfontein

The Retreat is very remote... Driving on the winding mountain roads in Klein Karoo you might wonder if and when you will ever get there, but once you arrive, the peace and quiet, friendly hosts and delicious homemade food shared on the long table with the hosts and...

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The Vineyard Country House

This beautiful guesthouse in the small town of Montagu, is set in a vineyard and surrounded by fruit orchards and olive groves. 4 tasteful en-suite rooms with French doors leading to private patio overlooking the 14m lap pool in the vineyard. Walking distance to shops...

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Jan Harmsgat Country House

Jan Harmsgat Country House in Bonnievale, close to Robertson and Montagu, is a historic Cape Dutch Farm House dating from 1723 and beautifully set amongst orchards of pecan nut, almond and citrus trees. Elegant countryside charm, sense of space and comfort and fine...

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Augusta de Mist

Augusta de Mist Country House is located in the historic Drostdy Quarter of the old Overberg town of Swellendam, in a romantic Cape Dutch homestead dating from 1802. Simple white structures with reed ceilings and yellowwood shutters on the outside and vibrant,...

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Old Mac Daddy

Old Mac Daddy Luxury Trailer Park is definitely one of the more unusual hotels in the world! An original mix of up market caravan park and designer farm lodge set in the beautiful rural Elgin valley, an hours drive from Cape Town. Old Mac Daddy is a collection of...

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