The Garden Route is a utopia for the thrill-seeking, nature-loving individual. Here are three things you shouldn’t miss when visiting…
Bungee jump in Bloukrans
Why you should experience it: The Bloukrans Bridge offers one of the world’s highest commercial bungee jumps. Travellers looking for a rush of adrenalin can make the 216-metre high jump off the top of the arch of Africa’s tallest bridge. Those aged 14 and up can make the jump, but if you’re looking for a less thrilling thrill, opt for the bridge-walking tour instead.
How to get there: Face Adrenalin runs the bungee trips. Find them at Bloukrans River Bridge on the N2 along the Garden Route.
How much does it cost: The bungee jump costs R1 490 per adult. The bridge-walking tour is R350 per adult.
Visit Storms River Mouth in the Garden Route
Why you should visit: The SANParks Storms River Mouth Rest Camp forms part of the Tsitsikamma National Park and is the start of the iconic Otter Trail. Here, the Indian Ocean relentlessly pounds the shoreline creating dramatic, coastal scenery. Walk the famous suspension bridge and try to spot the elusive Cape Clawless Otter, or listen to the call of the Knysna Loerie and feel the Garden Route ocean spray caress your face.
How to get there: Storms River Mouth is situated within the Tsitsikamma National Park.
Play in Plett
Why you should visit: Plettenberg Bay, or Plett as it’s commonly known, is a surf and sun-seekers’ beachside playground in the Garden Route. The town’s six-kilometre sandy shoreline boasts six Blue Flag beaches, so even in the peak season of December and January, that means visitors can still find a patch of sand to relax. Surfing (12-foot waves have been recorded), bodyboarding, and diving are popular.
How to get there: It’s a 30-minute drive from Knysna to reach Plett, travelling east along the N2.
Not only is the Garden Route a nature lover’s Eden, but it is also the thrill-seekers playground. No matter if your idea of adventure is practising your swing on the golf course, hitting the festival and event trail in vibey Knysna or jumping off the underside of Africa’s highest bridge, you can find every kind of experience here.