The Garden Route is one of South Africa’s top tourist draw cards but that doesn't mean that that our Garden Route family holidays are crowded and noisy. In fact, what is truly remarkable about this 170km stretch of dramatic coastal scenery is that you'll find deserted beaches, sleepy villages and forests filled with no other sound but birdsong.
Of course, that's not to say that there's no-one there. The Garden Route is also studded with bustling towns and holiday resorts like Knysna or Plettenberg Bay, as well as enough outdoor activities to keep everyone entertained: hiking trails and forest canopy tours, whale watching and water sports, visits to Monkeyland and heart-warming interactions at the elephant sanctuary.
Above all it's the blend of beach and mountains, town and country, excitement and experience that makes holidays on the Garden Route so enticing. It's the perfect place for multi-generational families, and since the region enjoys a temperate climate, you can visit the Garden Route all year round.
Ideal as a self-drive destination and set within a half-day drive from Cape Town, the Garden Route has been looking after South African families for generations with accommodation ranging from the cosy and comfy to the ultra-luxurious. Take a look at our range of Garden Route accommodation for the best in location, service and comfort - and if you're after real quality time with just the kids then consider one of our Garden Route private villas.
And for the ultimate experience, why not combine your Garden Route family holiday with a Big 5 safari in the malaria-free Eastern Cape? It's easy to add on and will deliver a vacation that your family will talk about for years to come.
At a Glance
Whether you self-drive South Africa's favourite family holiday destination or enjoy a tailor-made tour, you'll enjoy perfect beaches, shady forests & plenty of family-fun activities.