The Garden Route is one of the most beautiful areas in South Africa, stretching from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to Storms River in the Eastern Cape, encompassing majestic mountains, pristine beaches, and lush forests. If you’re planning a trip to the Garden Route, here are some tips to help you make the most of your experience.
1. Choose the right time to visit
The Garden Route can be visited all year round, but the best time to go is during the summer months (December to February) when the weather is warm and sunny. However, this is also the peak tourist season, so you’ll need to book your accommodation and activities in advance. If you prefer fewer crowds, consider visiting during the shoulder seasons (March to May or September to November) when the weather is still pleasant, and the prices are lower.
2. Decide on your route
The Garden Route offers an abundance of activities and attractions, so it’s important to plan your route carefully to make sure you don’t miss out on anything. Some of the must-visit destinations include Mossel Bay, Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, and Tsitsikamma National Park. Bokbus offers a fantastic all-inclusive bus tour that can take you to all these destinations, allowing you to explore and savour the destinations.
3. Book your accommodation in advance
Whether you prefer camping, backpacking, or luxury hotels, the Garden Route has plenty of accommodation options to suit every budget and taste. However, during the peak season, many places can become fully booked, so it’s essential to book your accommodation in advance. Bokbus offers a range of accommodation options, including campsites, backpackers, and guesthouses, all of which can be booked as part of your tour package.
4. Pack for the weather
The weather on the Garden Route can be unpredictable, so it’s important to pack for all eventualities. Even during the summer months, it can get chilly at night, so make sure to pack warm clothes. If you’re planning to do any hiking or outdoor activities, bring comfortable shoes and clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. Don’t forget to pack sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses, as the sun can be strong, even on overcast days.
5. Plan your activities
There are plenty of activities to enjoy on the Garden Route, from hiking and surfing to wildlife safaris and bungee jumping. Some of the top attractions include visiting the Cango Caves, taking a boat tour on the Knysna Lagoon, and hiking the Otter Trail in the Tsitsikamma National Park. Bokbus offers a range of activities that can be booked as part of your tour package, including a bungee jump and a safari at Addo Elephant Park.
6. Try the local cuisine
South Africa is known for its delicious food, and the Garden Route is no exception. Make sure to try some of the local specialities, such as biltong (dried meat), boerewors (sausage), and potjiekos (stew cooked over a fire). The Garden Route is also home to some excellent wineries, so be sure to sample some of the local wines.
7. Respect nature and wildlife
The Garden Route is home to an abundance of wildlife, including elephants, whales, and dolphins. When visiting these animals, it’s essential to respect their habitat and maintain a safe distance.