Garden Route Uncovered

Discover a breathtaking journey along the Garden Route, South Africa’s most picturesque coastal region, spanning from Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth) to Cape Town. As you traverse this captivating route, you’ll uncover a world of scenic mountain passes, rugged coastlines, pristine beaches, and lush indigenous forests.


  1. Tsitsikamma National Park & Storms River Mouth: Explore the natural beauty of Tsitsikamma National Park and witness the scenic wonders of Storms River Mouth.
  2. Lagoon-side Dining in Knysna: Savor a delightful dinner at a charming lagoon-side restaurant in Knysna.
  3. Knysna Forest Immersion: Immerse yourself in the legendary Knysna Forests, uncovering tales of woodcutters, elephants, steam trains, and gold miners.
  4. ‘Map of Africa’ Viewpoint: Discover the unique ‘Map of Africa’ viewpoint in Wilderness, offering a fascinating geographical sight.
  5. Cango Caves Tour: Embark on a guided tour of the mesmerizing Cango Caves, a world-class natural wonder.
  6. Ostrich Farm Experience: Gain insights into ostrich farming with a guided tour of a working ostrich farm in Oudtshoorn.
  7. Barrydale Farm School Visit: Visit a local farm school in the Barrydale area and interact with children, contributing to the Barrydale Farm School Development Fund supporting underprivileged rural education.
  8. Route 62 Exploration: Explore the charming small towns along the famous Route 62 between Oudtshoorn and Cape Town.

Sunday – Port Elizabeth to Knysna

  • Meet your representative and fellow travelers.
  • Embark on a westward journey along the scenic Garden Route, tracing the Indian Ocean coastline.
  • Explore the awe-inspiring Tsitsikamma National Park and Storms River Mouth, weather permitting.
  • Arrive at your hotel in Knysna, a picturesque town known as the “oyster box” of South Africa.
  • Enjoy leisure time to relax or explore the charming town.
  • Overnight stay in Knysna. (Distance traveled today: 360 km)

Monday – Knysna

  • After a delicious breakfast, venture into the enchanting Knysna Forests, which are home to the elusive Knysna elephants.
  • Discover fascinating stories of woodcutters, the extinction of elephants, and the gold rush.
  • Begin your forest expedition with a visit to the Dalene Matthee Big Tree Memorial, a tribute to the renowned author.
  • Relish a delightful lunch and continue to the Forest Legends Museum.
  • Explore the museum showcasing tools used by woodcutters, the colorful Old Suzie steam engine, and the historic Old Forester’s House.
  • Overnight stay in Knysna with dinner included. (Distance traveled today: 100 km)

Tuesday – Knysna to Oudtshoorn

  • Embark on a scenic journey through the picturesque Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn, known as the “ostrich capital.”
  • Along the way, pause to admire the ‘Map of Africa’ viewpoint in Wilderness.
  • Immerse yourself in an Ostrich Farm experience, featuring an interactive tour and a delightful lunch showcasing local specialties.
  • Explore the awe-inspiring limestone caverns of the Cango Caves, a natural wonder sculpted by nature over the ages.
  • Arrive at your Oudtshoorn hotel in the late afternoon, with dinner at your leisure. (Distance traveled today: 210 km)

Wednesday – Oudtshoorn to Cape Town

  • Opt for an optional early morning Meerkat Safari (subject to availability), witnessing these wild habituated creatures emerging from their burrows to greet the morning sun (weather permitting).
  • A portion of the proceeds from this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience supports wildlife conservation and community development.
  • After breakfast, continue your journey through the picturesque ‘Little Karoo’ to Barrydale.
  • Optionally, visit a local farm school and engage with children and teachers, gaining insights into rural community life.
  • A portion of the trip monies contributes to the Barrydale Farm School Development Fund, supporting underprivileged children’s education in rural communities (subject to school availability).
  • Continue to Cape Town, where your tour concludes at the foot of Table Mountain. (Distance traveled today: 468 km)


  •  2 lunches
  •  1 dinner
  •  3 breakfasts
  •  Porterage
  •  Accommodation
  •  Professional English-speaking Guide
  •  Transportation
  •  Sightseeing