The Garden Route has an all-year-round temperate climate that is perfectly suited to playing outdoors. Temperatures are highest in the summer months (November to April), although bear in mind that this stretch of coastline gets very busy over the Christmas school holidays. For a beach holiday without the crowds, the best time to visit the Garden Route is from February to April but remember that unlike Cape Town, on a Garden Route holiday you can experience rain at any time of year.
Temperatures rarely fall below 16°C – even in winter – so your decision as to when to go to the Garden Route should also depend on your interests: whale watching season runs from July to October (peaking in September), hiking is also good in winter, and the 10-day Knysna Festival in July is a great combination of sporting events, food and live local music.
At a Glance
Wedged between the warm Indian Ocean & dramatic mountain ranges, the Garden Route is a perfect self-drive holiday destination that combines easily with Cape Town. Great for families, nature lovers & golfers.