Family travel on the Garden Route
The Garden Route tops our list of preferred destinations for good, wholesome fun for the entire family. This is the perfect destination for the independent family traveller, offering excellent road networks for a self-drive holiday as well as an untold amount of activities to keep everyone entertained.
Typically, Garden Route family holidays start in Cape Town and work their way up the coast to Port Elizabeth. The first point of interest is always the seaside town of Hermanus, situated along the Whale Coast. There are various parks in the area equipped with seesaws, slides, jungle gyms and more, to entertain the children. They can also enjoy activities such as whale watching, horse riding, swimming, boat trips, fishing and arts & crafts.
Onward highlights include the Tsitsikamma Forest, which can be viewed on tree top canopy tours, the Knysna Forest, where children can learn about the beauties of nature, and the Cango Caves (Oudtshoorn), where they'll have the opportunity to view some of the largest limestone caverns in the world. The Elephant Sanctuary Park (Knysna) offers a variety of tours and is a popular choice for children, as they are able to hand feed these gentle giants, walk alongside them in the forest and even brush them down. The nearby Monkey Land (Plettenberg Bay) also offers amazingly close animal encounters and the playful primates are sure to keep the little ones entertained.
The Garden Route’s great beaches (with warm water!) are perfect for swimming, and the spectacular scenery can be enjoyed en route to every activity. The hotels on the garden route are also very well geared for catering for children, offering activities suitable for all ages.
Most of our clients elect to add a safari (in the malaria-free reserves of the Eastern Cape) on to the end of their Garden Route trip, before flying back to Cape Town (you can leave your rental car at Port Elizabeth airport).
If this appeals to you, then see our Family Self-Drive Garden Route tour or contact us for a no-obligation, tailor made proposal.