Garden Route Safaris

Along the south coast of South Africa lies the Garden Route, boasting some of the country’s most exquisite coastline and several Big 5 game reserves. The long stretch of coastline is known for its picturesque beaches, lagoons, and coves as well as indigenous forests, extraordinary flora, and majestic mountain ranges. The game reserves along the Garden Route are found nestled on the foot of the Langeberg and the Outeniqua mountain ranges and offer magnificent views and wildlife. Garden Route game reserves are not as populated as those of the Kruger National Park or Eastern Cape but offer a unique setting and fantastic Big 5 safari experiences including walking safaris and horseback safaris. Hiking, mountain biking, and picnics in the bush can also be enjoyed as part of your safari experience.


Safari lodges include a range of luxurious 4- and 5-star options with the opportunity at Gondwana Tented Camp to embark on a unique hands-on safari conservation experience. The 3, or 5-day conservation programs allow guests to submerge themselves in the wild at the eco-friendly, solar-powered tented camp for an authentic safari encounter. The Garden Routes 300-kilometre (190-mile) stretch of beautiful coastline and mountain ranges is a hub of exciting adventure activities. Combined with breath-taking Big 5 sightings, the malaria-free area provides the perfect safari setting for families, honeymooners, solo travelers, and adventurists.


The Garden Route is a malaria-free safari area.


The Garden Route is a 300-kilometre (190 mile) stretch of coastline on the south-east of South Africa extending from the Western Cape to the border of the Eastern Cape.

Getting there:

By Road

Garden Route Game reserves are a 30- to 90-minute drive from George, or a 3.5- to 4.5-hour drive from Cape Town on the scenic N2 highway through the Garden Route.



Fly from all major centres in South Africa to George airport.


Flight Duration

  • Cape Town to George: 50 minutes
  • Johannesburg to George: 2 hours
  • Durban to George: 1 hour 50 minutes


Garden Route game reserves are not as populated or large as those of the Kruger National Park or Eastern Cape but offer a magnificent setting, intimate experience, and great Big 5 safari experiences. Besides the chance of seeing big African cats, you will also see plenty of elephant, Cape buffalo, giraffe, zebra, varieties of antelope, hippo, and warthog to name but a few.


  • The long stretch of coastline is known for its picturesque beaches, lagoons, and coves as well as indigenous forests, extraordinary flora, and majestic mountain ranges.
  • See whales, dolphins, and great white sharks on-route.
  • The Garden Route is known for a host of adventure and nature activities.

Reason to go:

  • The Garden Route is a great family safari destination as well as a superb location for honeymooners.
  • Nature-lovers, adventurists, and adrenaline junkies will not be short of activities in this superb natural playground.

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Botlierskop - Village Lodge

  • From : R2905/night

The Village Lodge, located on the northern side of the reserve, boasts 16 farm-style bedrooms.  With picturesque views of the Outeniqua Mountain Range and spacious gardens, the collection of new and vintage units is styled with contemporary comforts and luxurious old-world charm.  The family wing encompasses four … suites each with a private entrance and patio with either a garden or mountain view. All units are en-suite with spacious, open-plan interiors. Kids can enjoy a playground, swimming pool, and pony rides.

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Garden Route Game lodge

  • From : R1775/night

This Game Reserve offers big 5 games drives and some interesting activities. There is a wide selection of spectacular accommodation options with spectacular views over the African plains. Offering chalets with private decks and pools, luxury family suites and lodge rooms. The Garden Route Game Reserve is know for its … location on the foot of the Langeberg mountain range. Enjoy game drives, game walks and an abundance of bird life.

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Gondwana - Kwene Lodge

  • From : R3830/night

With inspired afro-chic design and an incredible setting overlooking the majestic Langeberg and Outeniqua mountains ranges, Kwena Lodge boasts 14 free-standing luxury suites. The open-plan suites feature spectacular 180-degree views overlooking 2 waterholes, skylights for stargazing, and clay pot fireplaces …An outdoor African boma makes for memorable starlight dining, while the infinity swimming pool overlooks vast green plains. Marvel at wildlife from the lodge veranda and soak in the wild surroundings with a romantic picnic amidst the fynbos.

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Gondwana - Ulubisi House

  • From : R41651/night

With your own game ranger, chef and butler, this African villa is the epitome of luxurious hospitality. Modern design is seamlessly combined with organic materials making for an elegant setting of contemporary living surrounded by grasslands and magnificent mountain views. The villa features a jacuzzi … and swimming pool set on an expansive timber viewing deck. Marvel at spectacular bushveld views and passing wildlife from the bedrooms and bathrooms, with large glass windows and doors showcasing the beauty of the natural landscapes at every turn.

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Botlierskop -Main Lodge

  • From : R3635/night

Shaded by ancient African trees and boasting beautiful views of the river and mountains, Botlierskop Main Lodge Tented Camp features colonial-style charm in secluded luxury tented suites. The suites are luxuriously equipped with 4-poster beds, deep oval baths, private glass open-air showers, and air-conditioning … Wooden walkways connect the suites to each other and to the Main Lodge area, with its open lounge and cozy restaurant. The restaurant leads out onto a spacious timber deck with wrap-around views of breath-taking valleys below.

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Gondwana - Tented Eco Camp

  • From : R4580/night

Embark on a unique hands-on safari conservation experience. The 3, or 5 day conservation programs allow guests to submerge themselves in the beautiful surroundings at the eco-friendly, solar-powered tented camp. Five spaciously comfortable tents set on elevated platforms each feature a private … bathroom and covered timber deck. Hearty safari meals of wraps, stews, and traditional barbecues are served in the African-style outdoor boma. Cool down in the nearby pool and relax in a hammock in between conservation activities.

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Botlierskop - Luxury Bush Villas

  • From : R2500/night

The spectacular Bush Villas at Botlierskop are self-catering, family-friendly luxury cottages located in the remote northern corner of the reserve. The Bush Villas overlook a wide waterhole frequented by wildlife. These self-catering units feature a fully equipped kitchen, dining area, air-conditioned lounge… indoor and outdoor fireplaces. A private furnished deck offers spectacular views and selected units also include a private use plunge pool. Guests can also feast at the Village Lodge restaurant and make use of the pool amenities located 7.3km away.

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Gondwana - Gondwana’s Villas

  • From : R3830/night

Gondwana’s Villas offer lodge luxuries in a setting of home-style comfort and privacy ideal for families and groups of friends.  Each spectacular double-volume thatch-roof villa features a living room with wood fireplace and large doors leading onto a viewing deck over exquisite landscapes… Gourmet restaurant dining is enjoyed at the nearby Kwena or Lehele Lodge, which also offers superb infinity pools. With hiking, mountain biking, and fishing activities, this is a perfect option for a small group or family getaway.

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Pioneer Trail at Gondwana

  • From : R4250/night

Gondwana is an 11 000-hectare private game reserve set at the foot of the picturesque Langeberg and Outeniqua mountains. Gondwana is home to the Pioneer Trail, offering an incredible 3-night, 4-day hiking expedition through the wilderness. Two full days of trekking with expert…

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