For travellers with a taste for adventure, the Garden Route is packed with activities to inspire an unforgettable stay. A full-itinerary, outdoor and indoor adventures and encounters with friendly, interesting people along the way. There is more to the Garden Route than first meets the eye, far beyond the evident natural beauty and the many picturesque little towns that make up this wonderful holiday destination.
Whether you simply want to get some exercise while taking in the surrounding landscapes or are looking for the ultimate adrenaline rush, there are a number of exciting attractions to consider when visiting the Garden Route. Known as The Adventure Activity Hub of the Garden Route, Tsitsikamma & Storms River have been attracting adrenaline seekers from around the world for years – consider starting your journey here!
Some of the Highlighted Adventure Activities in the Garden Route include…
- Kayak and Lilo Adventure, Storms River
Enjoy a daring kayak and lilo adventure up Storms River passing through the mesmerizing Tsitsikamma Rain Forest – this is an experience that will take between 2 and 3 hours to complete and is available to everyone aged 5 and up. The venture starts with paddling from the harbour to the Storms River Gorge, can include either forest hiking toward or kayaking beneath the suspension bridge and through caves and stunning cliffs. When the tour reaches the low-water point, kayaks are traded for lilos and thrilling cliff jumping opportunities into deep river pools take place. These exceptional experiences are popular among locals and visitors all year around and can be adapted to suite the weather conditions on the day. Other adventure activities offered by Untouched Adventures include scuba diving and snorkelling. The friendly staff members are excited to embark on these adventures with you!
- Treetop Canopy Tour, Tsitsikamma
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One of the most popular attractions for those thrill-seeking adventurers, the Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour’s are the first of their kind in South Africa and have been enjoyed by many over the years – zipline between 10 treetop platforms that are built around ancient and giant Outeniqua Yellowwood trees in the enchanting Tsitsikamma Indigenous Rainforest. All the guides are fully trained professionals, as safety is paramount. There is nothing quite like gliding though this beautiful forest at high speeds, where you could potentially spot a pair of Knysna Loerie or the rare Narina Trogon among other birds, or even a monkey or two. Tsitsikamma is an amazing setting known as the adventure activity hub of the Garden Route, with an array of adventure activities for everyone to embark on.
- Bloukrantz Bridge Bungy Jump and Bridge Walk, Tsitsikamma
The perfect adventure for thrill-seekers who don’t easily frighten, the Bloukrantz Bungy is the highest commercial natural bungee bridge in the world with an insane 216 metre drop toward the river below. The view from the bridge alone is a sight to behold, capturing the magic of the Garden Route’s stunning Bloukrans River Valley. Face Adrenaline are the organizers to contact in order to book your jump – by using pendulum bungee technology and the best safety equipment available, the smoothest and most comfortable bungee jump is made possible, while afterwards you can purchase photos and/or the video of your jump to look back on your experience. The Bloukrantz Bridge Bungy has a few world records and has also hosted famous individuals such as Prince Harry and Jack Osbourne.
- Africanyon Adventure Tours in The Crags, Plettenberg Bay
Plettenberg Bay is one of the most popular Garden Route towns among tourists, and The Crags is a stunning rural setting situated between Plett and Nature’s Valley. Africanyon offer activities that are perfect for “awakening your spirit of adventure”, with varying levels of thrilling adventure activities to choose from. Become one with the river by kloofing in the Crags – canoe through river waters, zipline between rocks, swim in the fresh-water mountain pools and slide down water slides. The ultimate Africanyon activity is abseiling, where you can enjoy descending through waterfalls toward the River Gorge, an experience that won’t soon be forgotten. Kloofing (the art of following mountains stream downward in an adventure style) involves jumping, swimming, climbing, sliding and more and is a fantastic way to experience this beautiful setting in a unique way.
- Knysna RIB Adventures, Knysna
For a lagoon cruise with a fun difference, discover the beauty of the pristine Knysna Estuary by enjoying a ride on the unique Knysna RIB adventure power boat – this boat is a custom-designed, rigid inflatable boat (RIB) that is the largest of its kind in South Africa, combining an enormous amount of power and able accommodate up to 12 passengers, while being captained by a professional and serviced regularly. This eco adventure tour is sure to be both memorable and exciting, journeying through the famous Knysna Heads, past spectacular marine and bird life and captivating scenes of Buffalo Bay and Noetzie Castles. There are a few options for adventure trips along Knysna’s Coastline or Knysna Estuarine, from times of between 30 minutes to 2 hours.
- FlyTime Paragliding, Sedgefield/Wilderness
Fly above the beautiful Garden Route and take in this striking sight from up high! FlyTime Paragliding offers safe, fun and easy tandem paragliding or motorised trike tandem flight experiences accompanied by trained professionals that are passionate about soaring through the skies. The Garden Route is considered one of the best paragliding hot spots in the world, with endlessly enchanting views from up high. FlyTime Paragliding takes place across the Garden Route from various points, with popular choices being Sedgefield, the Map of Africa in Wilderness and Paradise Ridge in Kleinkrantz. Flytime also offers paragliding courses that include introductory courses and basic licensed courses. Everyone from families, individuals or large groups are welcome to come and enjoy a day of amazing adventures.
- Quad Biking Garden Route, George
For a fun family adventure in the Garden Route’s lovely George town, Quad Garden Route offer visitors exciting Quad Bike Tours with amazing views and qualified staff that ensure you are ready to take on the road ahead. There are various tours to choose from, with the most popular being the Quad Adventure Challenge with rough terrains to manoeuvre along the way. The Montagu Pass Historical Quad Adventure tour is very scenic and great for families, including a picnic lunch and all riding gear. The 2 day (1 night) Gouritz Quad Adventure Tour is a great opportunity to explore for longer and meet likeminded individuals from all walks of life. The most daring tour is by far the 2 Hour Nocturnal Quad Adventure – discover snakes, scorpions and spiders during this first-hand encounter with nature. Quad biking has no strict age restriction, as long as you can operate the quad bike and negotiate rough terrain.
- Shark Cage Diving, Mossel Bay
For an adrenaline rush like no other, SharkDiving is Mossel Bay can assist you in booking the experience of a lifetime, where you can encounter majestic sharks in their natural habitat, up close and personal. Shark cage diving can be enjoyed by anyone over the age of 12 years, and no experience or certification is needed. Surface viewing is also an option and is perfect for those who aren’t quite ready to be submerged in the cold ocean waters with a shark just seconds away. Booking a Shark Cage Dive will include shark cage diving and surface viewing, a cage dive safety briefing, an experienced dive guide and boat skipper as well as all diving gear needed. A light lunch as well as drinks and snacks are also included. Shark Tours can also be booked through SharkDiving and feature Blue and Mako Sharks, Cow Sharks and Cape Fur Seals.
For the perfect summer outing, check out our list of amazing Garden Route Water Parks. Other exciting adventures to enjoy in the Garden Route include the exciting Elevate Trampoline Park in George and the highest abseil in the Garden Route.
Other Garden Route Adventure Activities include: Canoeing, Hiking, Horseriding, MTB, Rock Climbing, Snorkeling, Whale & Dolphin Watching, Sky Diving, Deep Sea Fishing, Crocodile Cage Diving, Horse Riding, Ostrich Riding, Acrobranch, Caving, Hangliding, Elephant Back Riding, Helicopter Flights, Sandboarding, Scootours, Seal Snorkeling, Segway Tours, SUP, Surfing and Ziplining.
Garden Route Holiday Accommodation & All Inclusive Packages…
Allow our team at Hello Garden Route to assist you in finding the perfect holiday accommodation, car rental and even enquire about the various tours and transfers that we can tailor make to suite your needs while on vacation! For those starting to outline their Garden Route adventure vacation, enjoy the above-mentioned not-to-miss activities, Hello Garden Route can pre-book those for you too making for an all inclusive and hassle free holiday!
Why book with HelloGardenRoute? Besides personal service (because holidays are personal!):
We personally visit every property before listing it on our portfolio and recommending it, ensuring that our valued travellers enjoy the best of the best from off-the-beaten-track Getaways and hidden Gems to Guest Houses, Self-Catering Villas and Apartments, Beachfront Holiday Houses, Safari Lodges, Golf Estate Hotels and everything in between. Furthermore, all our ground handlers are tried&trusted suppliers, meaning that you are always taken care of: private or group tours & road transfers. We also offer car rental (affiliated with Avis Group) and activity bookings allowing for an all-inclusive package.
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