Things to do in The Garden Route
Crafts & Organic Markets
Experience some of the best, food, crafts and organic markets in the country.
The Garden Route is home to top quality restaurants and entertainment venues.
The Garden Route is perfect for an abundance of outdoor & adventure activities.
Get Active in The Garden Route
The Garden Route is an awesome family destination that caters for most interests. Outdoor adventurers will find plenty to do, and shoppers will be able to fulfill all their shopping desires at the local organic and craft markets. Not to forget, that the region boasts some of the finest gourmet and traditional food restaurants in the land. To top it all off, the Garden Route has been called the Golfing Mecca of South Africa with a wide choice of world class courses easily accessible.
It's a place to slow down the pace, catch your breath, enjoy every sunset and let the amazing Garden Route work its magic on your soul.
Shop - Eat - Play
Craft and Organic Markets
Outeniqua Farmers Market (George)
Open every Saturday from 8am until 2pm. With more than 150 food and craft stalls, we can guarantee you that there is something for everyone! They also offer live entertainment, lots of undercover seating, excellent ablution facilities and tons of secure parking. And for the kids, there’s a Boere train ride, pedal cars, pony-cyle rides, face painting, bunnies, sand-art and a massive play park!
Wild Oats Community Market (Sedgefield)
Every Saturday morning throughout the year (from 7:30-12 noon summer; 8:00-12 noon winter) COME RAIN OR SHINE, this authentic producers market is brimming with the choicest locally-produced foods, both the take-home and breakfast variety. Including free-range meats, chicken, lamb, dairy and cheese, the market also specializes in fresh-from-the-field veg, freshly baked and bottled goods, as well as a wide variety of fresh-off-the-coals breakfasts. The market also proudly offers the many plants and flowers of the unique Southern Cape Floral Kingdom, propagated by local plant specialists.
Scarab Village Craft Market (Sedgefield)
Scarab Craft Market is the source of the best authentic, handmade craft on the Garden Route. A visit to the market is a unique experience and every effort has been made over the past fifteen years to cater to all tastes.
A true country market feeling prevails with many locals combining their shopping with a friendly chat. There is a playground for the kids, original clothing and décor items for mom, while dad may like to visit Sedgefield Craft Beer brewery. There is also plenty of seating for Granny.
Adequate parking is available and the Scarab Market and the Village is pet friendly.
Milkwood Village Night Market (Wilderness)
Explore the market stalls at the Wilderness Friday Night Market where many of the Wilderness artists and crafters display their wares. Enjoy the live performances of our talented local musicians as you experience the friendly buzz of our quaint village.
The Milkwood evening market is a wonderful gathering of market sellers, punting their handmade wares, through to cheeses, artisanal breads, cured meats and delicious food. Enjoy an authentic South African braai between browsing around the arts and crafts, tapping your feet to live music.
The vibrant atmosphere makes this something visitors to the market have come to rely on as a place that always has tons going on. Pop in at one of the restaurants or pubs and enjoy a craft beer. Try on unique clothing and shop around for interesting keepsakes.
Ample Parking available.
Harkerville Market (Plettenberg Bay)
The Market started out life in 2000 as the Harvest Time Market, offering fresh produce and food. Now renamed the Harkerville Market, it’s been described as “a typical English country market of 50 years ago.” With new ideas and products coming in continually, locals and visitors are bound to find just what they are looking for, from an inexpensive gift to a very valuable work of art.
Part of the atmosphere of the Market can be attributed to our music which is chosen and played by our very own DJ, Graham Vos - "The Baldieman." He compiles our Market playlists from his extensive collection of music and his choice sets the tone for young and old alike - "memories are made of this."
Ample Parking available.
Eating Out in The Garden Route
Eating out is a treat for most of us and what constitutes a great, or even good meal and a decent restaurant is a somewhat personal point of view. So what's listed here reflects our own selection of eateries. They work for us, and we hope you agree!
Transkaroo (Great Brakriver)
This has got to be one of the best restaurants along the Garden Route. The ambiance is fantastic and the food in a class of it's own. It's very rich fare though, not a place you could visit too often, for your liver's sake, but so worth it when you do go. My picks are the Lamb Neck and Pork Belly, followed by their decadent Cheesecake. Go if you are in the area, you won't regret it, but be sure to book.
34 South (Knysna)
We've been to 34 South a few times and have never yet been disappointed. The food is consistently good quality and most reasonably priced, the staff are friendly and efficient and the location is hard to beat. They serve the best peri-peri chicken I've had anywhere, and although I'm not a seafood eater, apparently that's equally awesome. Go, you won't regret it.
If it's steak that you're after then this is the place to get it. Steak, egg and chips is what they do and they do it really well. We didn't book the evening we were there so had to sit on the covered deck outside, it was a bit chilly but absolutely worth it. They are only open at night, booking is recommended as it's a popular place and was really busy on the Saturday night that we were there. I'll go back, for sure!
More To Come
No for real, we really will be adding more soon, so watch this space 😉
Garden Route Outdoor & Adventures
Tandem Paragliding Flight
Operating in the Garden Route from and around the towns of George, Mossel Bay, Wilderness, Plettenberg Bay, Knysna and Sedgefield. The majority of flights are conducted between Sedgefield and Wilderness.
Tandem flying is fun, safe and easy. Within in a few minutes you could be flying like an eagle.
A SAHPA tandem rated pilot will fly with you and you can sit-back and relax while you share the joy of flying with them.
Deep Sea Fishing
Fishing is addictive and deep sea fishing might well be the most addictive of all. A combination of awesomely beautiful surroundings, great company and the thrill of the catch makes ocean fishing so attractive. Garden Route salt water species vary depending on the season, with Cape salmon and cob more common in the summer and hake and red roman in the winter but be prepared for anything.
The Knysna Elephant Park (est. 1994) was the first facility in South Africa to house and care for orphaned African elephants. Over the last twenty years, the park has cared for and raised more than forty elephants. These animals include relocated animals, orphaned calves, elephants rescued from culls and ex-circus animals. Some have become part of the resident herd, others have moved onto other reserves and facilities in the Western and Eastern Cape, depending on their personalities, bonds with other animals and welfare needs.
The Garden Route is a paradise for eco-lovers and hikers and adventure seekers, with ten nature reserves embracing the varied eco systems. The dramatic Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma Mountains offer a mixture of Cape Fynbos and Temperate Forest, with indigenous forests offering some of South Africa’s top hikes, among them the world renowned Otter, Tsitsikamma and Dolphin Trails.
Family Friendly Activities
Plenty of other family friendly attractions can be found as well, we can highly recommend these ones, around Plettenberg Bay.
Then heading inland towards Oudtshoorn, although not exactly in the Garden Route, they are well worth the time and make for an easy day trip.
Golf in The Garden Route
Several of the country’s best golf courses are found in the region, in fact, it’s been called the Golfing Mecca of South Africa. Just some of the world class golf courses in the region include: Fancourt (George), Pezula and Simola (Knysna), Pinnacle Point (Mossel Bay) and Plettenberg Bay.
Fancourt embodies a flawless fusion of leisure and world-class golfing. With all three of its golf courses ranked among Golf Digest’s top 20 courses in the country, it boasts a proud legacy of sporting excellence. Fancourt’s golf courses were designed by a dynamic team spearheaded by Gary Player and the estate’s owner, Dr Hasso Plattner. Recently voted among the World’s 10 Best Golf Resorts on CNNGo, Fancourt has supplemented its courses with its own Golf Academy, practice facilities and every modern convenience, allowing golfers to immerse themselves in the five-star Fancourt experience.
Pezula Championship Golf Course is located in the Western Cape of South Africa in the picturesque town of Knysna, the jewel of the world famous Garden Route. This stunningly beautiful golf course is a sweeping spectacle of fairways and greens rolling through the pristine Southern Cape landscape. The breathtaking, award-winning 18-hole golf course, designed by David Dale and Ronald Fream rates amongst the best and the most scenic golf courses in the world.
Simola’s Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course is living proof of just how great ‘Golf’s Greatest Champion’ really is when it comes to designing with nature. Set in probably the most scenic town in Africa, situated lower than the ridges that surround it - and therefore untroubled by the wind that plagues so may coastal courses - and boasting an unusual configuration of five par-5s and five par-3s, Simola offers challenging and rewarding golf for pros and high-handicap players alike.
Pinnacle Point (Mossel Bay)
The Pinnacle Point Golf Course is something truly unique for the discerning golfer. This 18 hole championship golf course was designed by well-known South African golf course architect Peter Matkovich who opened the course together with top Irish Tour Golf Professional Darren Clarke in November 2006. Darren Clarke, who was also involved with many aspects of the Pinnacle Point course design, has said that Pinnacle Point is “... the best golf course on the planet.” Pinnacle Point was selected as one of the Top Ten New Golf Courses of the World by the American publication Travel & Leisure in January 2007.
Plettenberg Bay Country Club
Plettenberg Bay Country Club has an 18 hole golf course set in a private nature reserve. The highly rated course is a very popular tourist destination. The course is easy to walk, and the 2 main inclines can be observed from the veranda. Visitors are welcome. Lush Kikuyu grass fairways and bayview greens recently over seeded to bent grass provides golfers with an excellent playing surface on this park like golf course. Despite intense competition from the beautiful white beaches and rolling surf, the club is busy and booking is essential.
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