Between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth lies the Garden Route, a 300-kilometre stretch which passes through indigenous forests, lakes, lagoons and white-sand beaches.

If you’re planning a self-drive holiday down the Garden Route, here are six pit-stops to make during your trip.

If you would like the freedom to do what you want, when you want to, you might want to consider car hire Cape Town for your transportation needs.

Mossel Bay

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Mossel Bay is one of the bigger pit stops you’ll pass during your Garden Route road trip. Known for its blue beaches, it is also getting more known for its wide offer of activities and adventures which includes sky-diving, shark cage diving, sandboarding, elephant rides and many more.

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Serendipity Restaurant

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A 2016 World Luxury Restaurant Award nominee, this fine dining eatery based in Wilderness offers lakeside dining and accommodation on the banks of the Touw River.

Providing a South African inspired gourmet fare, Serendipity is the ideal restaurant if you’re looking for classic elegance. Have a look at their menu or contact them for more information.


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Nestled in the heart of the Garden Route is where you’ll find Knysna. There are lots to do here, including swimming at Bollard Beach, exploring the Knysna Forest, diving in the lagoon, visiting the Knysna Elephant Park and so much more.

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Tsitsikamma is a Khoi word meaning “place of abundant or sparkling water”. Situated between mountains and the sea, it’s a hiking and water-sports lovers dream, with its coastal scenery, reefs, rivers and lush forest.

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Known as the ostrich capital of the world, Oudtshoorn is South Africa’s sunniest town.Be sure to visit the Cango Caves – the only show cave in Africa located in Precambrian limestones at the foothills of the Swartberg range.

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Plettenberg Bay

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If you’re looking to spend some time relaxing on an unspoilt beach, then Plettenberg Bay is the ideal stop while travelling down the Garden Route.

For watersport lovers, surfing, skimboarding and bodyboarding are popular activities, while hiking, golf and cycling are also available to enjoy.

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Car hire in Cape Town is relatively cheap and easy, so grab a couple of good friends and explore the Garden Route.