Duration: 13 days
From: £ 3,686pp (excluding flights)
One of the Garden Route’s two main resort towns – along with Knysna, further west – bustling ‘Plett’ is characterised by dreamy beaches and nearby Tsitsikamma Forest, a paradise for activity addicts, walkers and wildlife fans. Throw in excellent hotels, and Plett has every box ticked.
The town borders a chain of perfect beaches – white sand, warm waters. great facilities. Central, Robberg and Keurboomstrand Beaches are the best for old-fashioned swimming and sunning, while Hobie’s breaks test surfers. To the south on a thin peninsula is Robberg Nature Reserve, famous for its Cape fur seals, but the real nature wows await north-east. Tsitsikamma Forest’s CV includes the world's highest commercial bungee jump, canopy walkways, a Waterfall Zipline adventure and the five-day, coast-hugging Otter Trail hike.
The region also offers scuba-diving, and some of South Africa’s finest whale and dolphin-spotting opportunities. Tsitsikamma is part of the wider Garden Route National Park, a glorious glut of fynbos (wildflower areas), lakes, deeply-gorged rivers and rainforest – heaven for any outdoor fan. For families seeking gentler fun, Monkeyland’s 400 primates are viewable from a suspension bridge, while Birds of Eden promises parrots and flamingos.
Most visitors drive up the N2 motorway from Cape Town in 5-6 hours, basing themselves in Knysna or Plett for three or four nights before moving on. For lovely alternative to the first section, take the longer, more-scenic Route 62 through the beautiful Winelands, and quaint towns like Paarl, Robertson and Montagu. Later joining the Garden Route, this is known as ‘the longest wine route in the world’.
Best Time To Visit
With a temperate climate even in winter (June-September) – the mercury rarely drops below 16°C – your decision can be based on other factors. The Christmas holidays are the busiest time, while beaches quieten between February and April. Summer (December-February) can be too stifling for hiking. Whale and dolphin-watching season peaks in September.
A quirky and intimate boutique hotel with personal service and a fantastic restaurant and cocktail bar, only five minutes from Plettenberg Bay.
A beautiful Cape Dutch homestead amidst a 24 acre estate, Laird’s Lodge offers relaxation and style for those wanting to explore the Garden Route.
Situated on a rocky headland overlooking one of the most spectacular beaches in South Africa and boasting stunning views of ocean, beach and mountain.
A truly sensationally suspended luxury hotel amongst the tree tops, with fabulous restaurant and only five minutes from civilisation.
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A wonderful 7 night break to South Africa
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