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Garden Route National Park

The Garden Route National Park (GRNP) was established in 2009, created from a combination of three previously established National Parks as well as additional state-owned land. The three National Parks included in the Garden Route National Park are Tsitsikamma, Wilderness, and Knysna National Lake Area. Spread over 1,200 square kilometers, the Garden Route National Park ... Read More

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  • Breathtaking landscapes and lush coastline of the Garden Route and Klein Karoo.
  • Big 5 malaria-free safari adventure in a private game reserve along the Garden Route.
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Garden Route, Safari & Winelands Wonder

Come with us to experience this magical South African tour. Experience the magic of the ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Cape Town/Cape Town
  • Operator Springbok Atlas Tours and Safaris
  • Tour Type Group Tour
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  • See the best of South Africa with private tours, accommodation, entrance fees, guide.
  • Private Cape Town city tour with Table Mountain, Robben Island Museum and boat trip.
  • Up close encounters with the Great White Sharks in Gansbaai on a shark cage diving tour.
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Kabura Travel & Tours
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10-day Garden Route Tour

Create a memory of a lifetime by embarking on this 10-Day Garden Route Tour from ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Cape Town/Port Elizabeth
  • Operator Kabura Travel & Tours Active 7 hours ago
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 2,928 10 days View Tour
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May 26
May 27
Highlights
  • The stunning scenery and warm hospitality of the Karoo.
  • Picturesque & quaint holiday towns with diverse attractions, great shopping & fine dining.
  • The fascinating beauty and flora & fauna of mountain, forest, lagoon & coastal eco-systems.
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Springbok Atlas Tours and Safaris
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Garden Route Splendour

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Experience all the extraordinary beauty of the Garden Route on this 6-day tour, a classic ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Cape Town/Port Elizabeth
  • Operator Springbok Atlas Tours and Safaris
  • Tour Type Group Tour
From US$ 1,022 6 days View Tour
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Jun 24
Jul 8
Highlights
  • Soak up stunning sights driving down the Garden Route.
  • Try to spot wildlife at Addo Elephant National Park.
  • Enjoy a wine tasting along Route 62.
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Bamba Experience

Garden Route & Addo Adventure 5D/4N

Venture through some of the most picturesque areas of South Africa on this five-day tour ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Cape Town/Cape Town View Map
  • Operator Bamba Experience Active 10 hours ago
  • Tour Type Group Tour
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Highlights
  • See the Tsitsikamma Mountains.
  • Visit Tsitsikamma National Park.
  • Swim in crystal-clear waters.
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GoVertical Mountaineering Adventures
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Tsitsikamma Mountain Trail

A spectacular, 3-day hike awaits you in South Africa. Visit Tsitsikamma National Park and enjoy ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Natures Valley/Natures Valley
  • Operator GoVertical Mountaineering Adventures
  • Tour Type Group Tour
From US$ 620 3 days View Tour
Next Departures
May 26
May 27
Highlights
  • Discover Table Mountain, Cape Point, Cango Caves, Knysna Heads and more.
  • Luxury 4-star accommodation throughout your tour.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner per day included in your package.
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Kabura Travel & Tours

10 Day Garden Route & Cape Town Group Tour

Our adventure begins in the beautiful city of Port Elizabeth. From here we will ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Port Elizabeth/Cape Town
  • Operator Kabura Travel & Tours Active 7 hours ago
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 3,500 10 days View Tour
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May 29
May 30
Highlights
  • Enjoy some of the most dramatic coastal views along the Garden Route.
  • Hike through fynbos and forests along the coast.
  • Swim in crystal-clear pools.
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GoVertical Mountaineering Adventures
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Kranshoek Coastal Trail - Knysna

Join us as we traverse a delightful, circular trail in this 2-day hike and enjoy ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Harkerville/Harkerville
  • Operator GoVertical Mountaineering Adventures
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 335 2 days View Tour
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May 26
May 27
Highlights
  • Luxury bush accommodation on safari so close to nature that you can hear the lions roar.
  • Discover Table Mountain, Cape winelands, Cango Caves, pristine beaches and more.
  • 5 star accommodation, most meals and local flights included.
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Kabura Travel & Tours

15 Day Cape Town, Garden Route & Kruger Park Tour

Your 15-day adventure begins the moment you step off your plane at Cape Town International ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Cape Town/Johannesbburg
  • Operator Kabura Travel & Tours Active 7 hours ago
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 5,400 15 days View Tour
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May 29
May 30
Highlights
  • Encounter gentle giants on a game drive through Addo Elephant National Park.
  • Embark on a half-day guided walk in the mighty Drakensburg Range and some spectacular hikes along the Garden Route.
  • Delve into the astounding Cango Caves outside of Swellendam.
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Garden Route Adventure

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Travel to South Africa and Lesotho and explore the exquisite Garden Route on a tour ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Durban/Cape Town View Map
  • Operator Intrepid Travel Active 12 hours ago
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Highlights
  • Big 5 wildlife encounters in the Kruger National Park, South Africa’s premier game reserve.
  • Explore Cape Town with its many spectacular attractions, such as the Cape Peninsula.
  • The splendour of the Garden Route with its stunning mountains, lagoons, forests & beaches.
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South Africa Highlights

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  • Starts /Ends Johannesburg/Port Elizabeth
  • Operator Springbok Atlas Tours and Safaris
  • Tour Type Group Tour
From US$ 2,020 11 days View Tour
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Jul 16
Highlights
  • Feast yourself at a braai, a traditional South African BBQ.
  • Canoe through indigenous forest and amazing birdlife.
  • Discover elephants, lions, and more in Addo Elephant National Park.
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Bamba Experience

Cape Town, Garden Route & Addo Adventure 10D/9N

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  • Operator Bamba Experience Active 10 hours ago
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  • Search for the “BIG FIVE” in Kruger National Park.
  • Experience the colourful tribal heritage of Swaziland & Zululand.
  • Take in the scenic beauty of the Drakensberg Mountains (World Heritage site).
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A comprehensive accommodated tour through South Africa visiting Kruger National Park, Swaziland, Zululand, Drakensberg Mountains ... Read More
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  • Explore Cape Town.
  • Visit Hermanus, a seaside town and a popular whale-watching destination.
  • Drive along the Garden Route, see stunning sceneries.
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South Africa Self-drive Adventure

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  • Starts /Ends Cape Town/Cape Town
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May 30
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  • Taste regional wine, cheese, and chocolate in the Cape Winelands.
  • Soak up stunning sights driving down the Garden Route.
  • Try to spot wildlife at Addo Elephant National Park.
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Garden Route National Park Reviews

4.5 - Excellent Based on 6 customer reviews
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4 - Very Good
“Great sighting of animals in the Kruger Park”
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Garden Route National Park

The Garden Route National Park (GRNP) was established in 2009, created from a combination of three previously established National Parks as well as additional state-owned land. The three National Parks included in the Garden Route National Park are Tsitsikamma, Wilderness, and Knysna National Lake Area.

Spread over 1,200 square kilometers, the Garden Route National Park was established as part of a broader plan to further the protection of South Africa´s flora, fauna, and wildlife. The park winds through indigenous forests and along breathtaking rocky coastlines. It’s been dubbed “conservations without boundaries” and is the most excellent example of South Africa’s magnificent landscapes, scenery, and beauty.

  • Wildlife Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scenery Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Things to do in Garden Route National Park

There’s no shortage of things to do in the Garden Route National Park. Apart from the famous Garden Route Road Trip, visitors to the national park itself can partake in dozens of different activities from boating to biking, bungee jumping to scuba diving, and hiking to whale-watching. And that’s just scratching the surface!

The park advertises that all ventures are reasonable and safe to do on your own, however a guide can be hired for a small fee to try any activity.  

Tsitsikamma Forest in the Garden Route National Park in South Africa
Hiking is one of the many things you can do in Garden Route National park
Knysna Lagoon in Garden Route National park
Knysna Lagoon in the seaside town of Knysna is a must make stop when on the Garden Route National Park
Whale Watching in Garden Route National Park
A Southern right whale jumps out of the water - a possible sight in Garden Route National Park
Bungee jumping in Garden Route National Park
A girl braves the deep bungee at Bloukrans Bridge

Highlights

  • No matter what you’re into, there is guaranteed to be something in the GRNP that sparks your interest.
  • Conservation of this land is the number one priority of South Africa. It shows in the level of pristine and natural beauty that is unsurpassed by most other places on the planet.
  • The diversity of wildlife, marine life, fauna, and flora is unmatched anywhere else in the country.
  • Breathtaking scenery and mountainous landscapes paired with charming coastal towns gives the GRNP authentic and peaceful vibes.

Lowlights

  • Reservations for accommodation (especially in high season), need to be made well in advance (think 3-6 months). Some activities can be booked a week or so in advance, but it’s recommended to plan further ahead than this. For example, certain activities, like the Otter Trail, require reservations made 6-12 months in advance.

Best time to Visit

Summer (November – March) is the best and the most popular time to visit. Daytime temperatures range from 24 – 30°C (75 – 86°F). It does get busy around the Christmas holidays, so late summer, (February and March) will allow you to discover this area with less crowds.

The climate around the GRNP is Mediterranean and sub-tropical.  This creates temperate weather pretty much all year round. Fall (April – June) sees mild temperatures of roughly 14 – 22°C (57 - 72°F). The winter season (July – October) has average temperatures of 8 - 17°C (47 - 64°F). Spring (August through October) is a comfortable 10 – 19°C (50 - 66°F).

Note: The heaviest rainfall is in winter, but rain is possible year-round. Be sure to bring some waterproof clothing and shoes!

How to Get There

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A couple laying in the car trunk, enjoying the view the road trip has to offer

Remember, the Garden Route National Park is composed of three sections - Tsitsikamma, Knysna, and Wilderness. 

The Tsitsikamma section is 615km from Cape Town and 195km from Port Elizabeth. The Knysna section is 500km from Cape Town and 300km from Port Elizabeth. The Wilderness section is 450km from Cape Town and 410 km from Port Elizabeth. The famous Garden Route road connects all three sections. 

The best way to explore the GRNP is by car. Renting a car in either Port Elizabeth or Cape Town is the most comprehensive way to see everything this region has to offer.

It all depends on the number of activities you want to do, but most people will find 5-10 days are sufficient.

Accommodation

There are four separate camps available in the Garden Route National Park. It is broken down by region. Storms River Camp and Nature’s Valley Camp in the Tsitsikamma Section, Knysna Camp in the Knysna Lake Section, and Wilderness Camp in the Wilderness Section.

Accommodation ranges from camp grounds and huts, to chalets, cottages, and cabins. It depends which section you stay as to which type is available.  

Permits

An entrance fee known as a conservation fee or tariff has to be paid in each section of the GRNP.  They are daily fees that must be paid at the individual entrance gates. The fees are as follows:

  • Tsitsikamma Section:
    • Entrance Fee: R196(USD 15) per adult, per day; R98(USD 48) per child, per day.
    • Hours of Operation: 7am – 6pm
  • Nature’s Valley Section:
    • Entrance Fee: R88(USD 7) per adult, per day; R44(USD 3) per child, per day.
    • Hours of Operation: 7am – 6pm
  • Knysna Section:
    • Entrance Fee: R120(USD 9) per adult, per day; R60(USD 5) per child, per day.
    • Hours of Operation: 7am – 6pm
  • Wilderness Section:
    • Entrance Fee: R120(USD 9) per adult, per day; R60(USD 5) per child, per day.
    • Hours of Operation: 7am – 5:30pm 

Note: These fees do not cover any activities, camping, accommodation, or food.

Good to Know

  • Buy a Wild Card. It will grant you unlimited access to the three sections of the Garden Route National Park for a one year period. The cost is USD 38 per individual person, USD 63 per couple, or USD 75 for a family of seven with two adults. With this card, you do not have to pay the daily tariffs for over 80 parks and reserves in South Africa and Namibia. Tsitsikamma National Park, Knysna National Lake Area, and Wilderness National Park are all included.
  • Buy a local SIM card so you can always have access to your phone and GPS.
  • Bring rain gear or waterproof clothing regardless of the season. The weather is known to change quickly in this region and rain is possible at any time.
  • Pets are not allowed inside the parks.
  • The park is inside a Malaria-free area; no immunizations necessary.
  • Vehicle fuel is available inside all the parks or just outside.

The Garden Route National Park is quickly becoming South Africa’s greatest tourist attraction. It’s easy to see why when you consider all that can be accomplished in one visit. There’s heart pounding activities for the thrill-seekers, calm and less strenuous activities for those seeking peace, quiet, and relaxation, and plenty of ways to rough it for those who want to get back to nature. Regardless of what you seek, the Garden Route National Park can and will deliver!

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