Garden Route

Famous for its string of unpronounceable names, the official Garden Route – officially – is a section along the South African coast between Heidelberg in the west and Storms River in the east. Forests, nature reserves, rivers, lakes and lagoons abound along this well-heeled stretch of folded coastline. The official Garden Route includes the nouveau playground of Plettenberg Bay and the bustling seaside town of Knysna. Closer to Cape Town there’s Hermanus, charming capital of the self-styled Whale Route and proud owner of the best land-based sightings of Southern Right Whales this world has to offer. Among the Garden Route’s many many charms is the oppurtunity to enjoy a malaria-free safari in one of the five-star game lodges and private reserves in the interior, it’s the cherry on a rather splendid cake.

Top Accommodation in Garden Route

Below is a hand-picked selection of our favourite gay-friendly lodges and hotels in the area, but there are many more to suit every style and budget. Simply contact one of our expert travel consultants and they will give you all the advice you need to tailor-make your ultimate African adventure.