The Most Scenic Spots Along the Garden Route, South Africa

From forest huts and camping, to honeymoon suites, Storms River Mouth rest camp offers a wide range of accommodation options
From forest huts and camping, to honeymoon suites, Storms River Mouth rest camp offers a wide range of accommodation options | ©Carina Claassens

South Africa’s Garden Route is a coastal stretch of paradise and the direct route on the N2 from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth offers awe-inspiring scenery unmatched anywhere else on earth. If you are driving the famous route make sure you take time out to visit these scenic spots.


Riversdale, a small town in the foothills of the Sleeping Beauty Mountain peak, is a great reason to deviate from the main road. From pottery studios, a restaurant serving traditional meals, historic sites and farmer’s markets, there’s much to explore.

Complete the 13km Sleeping Beauty hiking trail for amazing views


Swellendam is the third oldest town in South Africa, which is reason enough to visit. Liqueur tasting, horse riding, fantastic hiking routes and more await. There’s also a quaint honey store, selling locally sourced products.

Make sure to visit the Drostdy Museum, built in 1747

Outeniqua Pass

Built in 1951, the Outeniqua Pass connects the coastal town of George with Oudtshoorn and the Little Karoo. The pass offers unmatched sweeping, panoramic views and has regular sites to stop and take it all in.

Some of the view points include picnic sites – so pack a lunch


Wilderness is a popular spot for water sports and is great for birding as many water birds breed here. Make sure to stop at The Map of Africa lookout point, where the bends of the Kaaimans River imitate the African continent.

Wilderness is a good dolphin and whale watching destination


Sedgefield is one of 140 Slow Towns in the world, registered under the Cittaslow movement. This means that it’s recognised as being laid-back with plenty of community interaction and a respect for cultural events.

Sedgefield is the ideal place to completely unwind while picnicking next to the lagoon, fishing or canoeing

Knysna Heads

The famous Knysna Heads protrude from the sea to create a passageway of turquoise waters separating the lagoon and ocean. Enjoy the view from a range of restaurants and boat cruises or simply take it all in from the high-up viewpoint.

Book a lunchtime boat cruise on South Africa’s only paddle-driven vessel

Robberg Nature Reserve

Robberg Nature Reserve is also a national monument and World Heritage Site. Evidence of Stone Age settlements have been found in caves along the reserve and rocks from the region date back 120 million years.

Keep an eye out for the county’s smallest antelope, the rare blue duiker amongst the beautiful scenery

Nature’s Valley

Nature’s Valley, although a popular destination for holidaymakers, has remained relatively untouched. Situated in the heart of the Tsitsikamma Forest, this beautiful area is defined by its clean lagoon and lush vegetation.

Nature’s Valley is the only residential area within a national park

Stormsriver Mouth

The Tsitsikamma section of the Garden Route National Park encompasses over 80 kilometres (50 miles) of stunning coastline. The famous Storms River Suspension Bridge is a major attraction and the most popular walking route within the park.

The park is one of the largest Marine Protected Areas in the world

Herolds Bay

This little village, approximately 15 kilometres (9 miles) from George, has no more than 100 homes, allowing it to maintain its quaint feel. The picturesque bay is a quiet spot, popular among surfers, fishermen and beach-goers.

Herolds Bays’ pristine beach is shielded from the wind, making it the ideal spot to relax and take a dip in the ocean

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