Our Guide to South Africa

Garden Route

Stretching along the coast from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth, the Garden Route is deservedly one of South Africa’s most popular journeys. Visit the small fishing town of Hermanus where whale watching is superb from July to November. A few hours further down the road you’ll discover Knysna, a tranquil little town on the shores of a peaceful estuary.

Beyond that is Plettenberg Bay with its buzzing bars and restaurants, and the sweeping arcs of golden sand that make up its four beaches. There are plenty of outdoor activities around Plettenberg including mountain-biking, riding, golf, sky-diving, hot-air ballooning, or simply exploring the Tsitsikamma Forest and pristine beaches. Self-driving is easy with well-kept, clearly signposted roads and left-hand drive.

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Emily Moon

Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route, South Africa

Emily Moon has eight luxury rooms, all with fabulous views over the sweeping river valley and wetlands. It is a small, intimate lodge set in a beautiful location and a wonderful place to base yourself to explore the area, just outside Plettenburg Bay.

Best for: Adventure, Culture, Family, Honeymoon

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Gansbaai, South Africa

Just 2 hours from Cape Town, Grootbos is a superb family-run nature reserve set on the fynbos-clad hills above Walker Bay. 27 luxurious suites are divided between two lodges, set amongst ancient milkwood trees overlooking a majestic sweep of coastline.

Best for: Adventure, Wildlife, Culture, Family

Morukuru Beach Lodge

De Hoop Nature Reserve, Garden Route, South Africa

Morukuru Beach Lodge is the newest member of the Morukuru family. With only five suites this intimate property is a luxury boutique eco lodge based along the pristine coast line of the De Hoop Nature Reserve, ideal for those on a self drive adventure.

Best for: Beach, Couples, Family, Teenagers

Morukuru Ocean House

De Hoop Nature Reserve, Garden Route, South Africa

Morukuru Ocean House is a four bedroom private house situated in the De Hoop Nature Reserve which is often cited to be one of the most beautiful costal reserves in South Africa. It is the perfect spot for anyone seeking an exclusive and unique vacation.

Best for: Beach, Family, Villa, Parties & events

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