Garden Route – The Place to Be!
No matter what time of year you plan to enjoy a quality getaway with your loved ones, the Garden Route is undoubtedly a fantastic choice as this holiday destination is jam-packed with family fun and exciting adventures. Every town offers something special and unique, from quirky restaurants and vibrant local marketplaces to exquisite beaches, game reserves, lagoons and rivers and of course, family-friendly holiday accommodation located nearby all these hotspots!
Keeping everyone in your family happy whilst on holiday can sometimes be challenging. Fortunately, the Garden Route offers plenty of amazing wonders to see, places to discover and activities that are great for all ages. While it is impossible to plan every aspect of your vacation stay, there are some attractions you will definitely want to set time aside for while visiting this vibrant region.
Although there are tons of activities to choose from throughout, our friendly team of experts at Hello Garden Route have put together a list of the most popular family-friendly attractions to make your planning a little easier…
Redberry Farm, George
As their website boasts, Amazing Experiences Await! Redberry farm is one of the Garden Route’s most exciting family holiday attractions where visitors can appreciate the great outdoors and fresh mountain air. This farm is a wonderland for kids offering activities like pedal go-karts, pony rides, the popular kiddies Redberry Express train and even rabbit feeding (among others). Berry picking is always enjoyable – handpick fresh raspberries, strawberries and blackberries to take back home! Redberry Farm is also home to the world’s largest Hedge Maze which offers its own set of adventures for visitors of all ages.
After a busy day at the Redberry Farm, choose from a selection of eateries on the farm for refreshing, berry-inspired food and drinks. The Redberry Farm Stall serves delicious light meals and snacks; the Red Shed Coffee & Berry Bar serves wine, cocktails, and berry-liscious smoothies, milkshakes and teas.
Operating times: Monday – Sunday from 9 am to 4 pm, Sundays closed
Contact number: 044 870 7123
Address: Geelhoutboom Road, Blanco, George
Knysna Elephant Park, Knysna
For over two decades, the magnificent Knysna Elephant Park has attracted animal lovers from around the world. This amazing park cares for more than 40 elephants, from orphaned calves to rescued elephants, providing them with the best care, facilities and nutrition possible. Visitors of all ages have the opportunity to experience personal encounters with these good-natured elephants – the park offers daily tours that depart every 30 minutes. Walk among the elephants, feed them and interact with them at your own pace. You can also ride them! This is an experience that will create lasting memories.
Kids under the age of 5 can enjoy the elephant tours for free. Prices vary but remain under R 300 per person. Knysna Elephant Park is also home to a lovely cafe serving scrumptious meals, treats plus a fully-licensed drinks menu. Kids can keep busy at the playground next to the cafe whilst their meals are being prepared.
Read more here: https://www.hellogardenroute.co.za/knysna-elephant-park/
Operating hours: Monday – Friday from 9am to 3pm
Contact number: 044 532 7732
Address: Just off the N2 between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay
Cango Caves, Oudtshoorn
The world-famous Cango Caves can be explored in the Garden Route’s Klein Karoo town of Oudtshoorn. These are the only show caves in South Africa and attract both local and international visitors all year around. These stunning caves consist of a series of dripstone caverns that are over 20 million years in age, a sight that is magical to observe. The Cango Cave’s unique limestone formations display a fascinating variety of colours while the cave descends further down to showcase beautiful hanging crystals, exposed crevices and natural rock and stalagmite formations that tell a story of their own.
Visitors can choose between two tours at the Cango Caves, namely the Heritage Tour which is suited to everyone and the Adventure Tour which can still accommodate children however has certain health related restrictions. Facilities at the caves include a lovely restaurant and curio shop.
Operating times: Monday – Sunday from 9 am to 4 pm
Contact number: 044 272 7410
Address: Cango Valleie Road, Oudtshoorn
Bartholomeu Dias Museum, Mossel Bay
A visit to Mossel Bay’s alluring Bartholomeu Dias museum complex offers families an amazing educational outing. Even before exploring the many attractions forming part of this fascinating museum, visitors can encounter tortoises and ducks on the grounds with stunning views of the Indian Ocean creating a peaceful backdrop. Museum attractions include The Granary’s live specimen table displaying examples of plants and flowers from the Mossel Bay area, The Shell Museum which is located in a structure that is more than a century old, The Post Tree, The historical Munrohoek Cottages, Botanical Gardens and the Fountain. The most popular exhibit at the museum is the life size (104m) replica of Dias Ship which visitors can board and explore.
Entry fees and fees to board the Dias ship replica are very reasonable and the museum complex is located close to the beach and a selection of restaurants and shops. Visitors can also observe whales from the museum ground between the months of June – November.
Operating times: Monday – Friday from 9 am to 4:45 pm, Weekends/Public Holidays from 9 am to 3:45 pm
Contact number: 044 691 1067
Address: 1 Market Street, Mossel Bay Central
Birds of Eden and Monkeyland, Plettenberg Bay
Visiting these two animal sanctuaries offer nature-lovers a truly wonderful experience in the Garden Route. Birds of Eden is a free-flying bird aviary that is home to over 280 species of birds, mostly of an African variety. With over 3500 birds calling this two hectare dome their own, visitors will be fascinated by the beauty of this setting which spans over a gorge of indigenous forests. The grounds are covered rich in lush greenery with several ponds and dams around it. Right next door to Birds of Eden is Monkeyland where more than 700 primates of various species roam about and can be observed from a suspended canopy walk – for those who feel brave, guided walks among the Monkeyland forest can be arranged.
Monkeyland and Birds of Eden are great for family outings to experience nature and wildlife. Both offer restaurants with stunning views of the forests and animals. Prices vary with discounted rates for children under 12, also special combo prices if visiting both facilities.
Operating times: Monday – Sunday from 8 am to 5 pm
Contact number: 082 979 5683
Address: The Crags, Plettenberg Bay
Beaches of Plettenberg Bay
Although the Garden Route is home to an abundance of beaches, the stunning coastal village of Plettenberg Bay has 11 to choose from of which 4 boast the impressive “Blue Flag” status given to only the best, safest and most beautiful beaches. Some of the most popular family beaches at Plettenberg Bay include Central Beach (also known as Main Beach), a bustling beach surrounded by restaurants and bars. In the busier seasons, lifeguards are available at Central Beach. Keurbooms Lagoon Beach is a fantastic family beach offering a shallow lagoon that is great for kids to play in, while the beach itself is a bit wilder and more fun for adults. For a more adventure filled beach day, Hobie Beach is popular among body-boarding enthusiasts, while Lookout beach is the best beach for kitesurfing and stand up paddling.
Most beaches have public toilets located nearby, while many are situated just minutes away from numerous restaurants and other seaside activities. Be sure to bring your camera along to capture the beauty of the Indian Ocean from across the golden beachfront.
For further fun-filled family attractions and activities, also places to eat, click on the below:
- Garden Route Safaris
- Garden Route Water Parks
- Klipheuwel Mountain Bike Park
- Garden Route Botanical Gardens and Getafix Cafe
- The Wilderness Village
- Tsitsikamma Treetop Canopy Tour
- e² Young Engineers
- The Farm
- Elevate Trampoline Park
- Highest Abseil in the Garden Route
- Knysna Forest
- Sedgefield Wild Oats Farmers Market
- Keurbooms River Canoe Trail
- Family Friendly Restaurants & Fun
- Garden Route Whale Watching
- Garden Route Segway Tours
- Totties Farm Kitchen
There are many wonderful qualities that set the Garden Route apart as a popular family holiday destination. Take a break to reconnect with your loved ones and discover the many spectacular attractions that entertain families with children, young & old(er). The Garden Route is the perfect holiday destination that appeals to everyone, all year around!
Hello Garden Route offers a wide variety of accommodations to choose from as well as car rental, transfers and can also assist holiday goers by arranging private customized tours that can include a variety of Garden Route attractions. Get in touch with our team today for friendly assistance!