Last year in October I took an epic trip along the Garden Route in South Africa with one of my best friends and ultimate travel buddy.

We decided that a trip to Cape Town, South Africa would not be complete if we didn’t make our way up the coast along the famous Garden Route. If you are considering a trip to South Africa I would highly recommend making a road trip part of your plans.

The trip will forever be forged in my memories filled with so many incredible places. These were the places that stood out to me the most and I highly recommend seeing them all during your trip…

1. Table Mountain

Table Mountain cable car (1 of 1)

Table Mountain is a very popular destination around Cape Town. This is easily reachable by car as it is only about a 20 minute drive from the city. Table mountain offers not only beautiful views but also adventure.

The top of the mountain is accessible  by cable car (book tickets in advance online to save yourself some time) and at the top you can find breath taking views. If you are feeling a little more adventurous make sure to find the abseiling crew at Abseil Africa and climb down the side of the mountain.

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2. Stay in a Train Hostel

Santos Express Train Hostel

On your way up the coast an experience I highly recommend is to stay at the Santos Express Train Hostel in Mossel Bay. Not only are you on the beach but you get to stay in a train! The restaurant has great food and the bar offers Karaoke.

You really can't beat that view

You really can’t beat that view

3. Cape Point

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Although it is about a 2 hour detour I would not have missed the opportunity to see exactly where the Atlantic and Pacific oceans meet. The rocky Oceanside was a breathtaking photographic opportunity.

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4. Bloukran’s Bridge

On your way to Elizabeth Town you will have to cross a toll bridge: Bloukran’s Bridge. It is a massive 700 feet above the Bloukran’s river and is quite the sight to see.

If you are feeling especially adventurous that day then check out Face Adrenalin and bungy off the bridge. It was one of the most terrifying but exhilarating moments of my life. I don’t regret one second! Read more about my experience bungy jumping for the this time here.

5. Schotia Safari Game Reserve

schotia safari

At the end of your route in Port Elizabeth you have the opportunity to glamp out in the wild and experience the true outdoors at a safari game reserve.

The Schotia Family Safari’s have been in business for over 25 years and are dedicated to the animals safety and wellbeing. During your stay you will get to roam their land on an open Land Rover with a well-informed guide.

Not only will you get to see elephants, giraffes, and the white rhino but you might also see a lion pack!

Being out on the safari was truly magnificent and it gave me a respect for these amazing animals. If you can’t make it Kruger National Park for an in-depth safari I recommend this reserve.

The Garden Route in South Africa has so many amazing spots – which are you most looking forward to seeing? Have you ever been? Let us know in a comment below!

  • I haven’t been to Africa yet and seeing animals on a safari would be the first thing I’d plan to do. Did a smaller Game Reserve like Schotia Safari help you see more animals? Were there fewer people?

    • Brie Goumaz

      Well I can’t say for sure but on our tour we only had one other couple with our guide. This made for a really personable and exciting tour. We were able to make requests and we stayed out later trying to catch the lioness kill her dinner!

  • Your article couldn’t have been more timely as I’m currently planning a trip to South Africa this fall! Your photos have definitely given me some inspiration. I wasn’t sure about Cape Point because of limited timing, but I think now it may be worth the detour. I hadn’t heard of the train hostel, I’ll have to check that out as well, what a unique experience!

    • Brie Goumaz

      Oh how awesome!! I am so jealous, I loved South Africa so much. I do not think you will be disappointed by Cape Point at all, they also have some restaurants there as well if you need to take a break after your drive. A have a few other articles you can check out on my personal website if you need any more help planning your trip. I hope you have a blast!

  • Love this post! I’ve always wanted to do the Garden Route– and enjoy some wine tasting 🙂

    • Brie Goumaz

      Thanks! Yes we had some amazing wine while we were there and after a bottle each the next morning… no hangover!

  • DeafWanderlust

    Oh wow, I haven’t heard of the Garden Route but now I am glad I have! Ive always wanted to travel to South Africa since it looks so beautiful! If I ever made my way down there, I will definitely have to try the Garden Route.

    • Brie Goumaz

      It’s a must do! I could have spent months exploring!

  • Jenna

    Cape Town looks like such an amazing place–I’ve always wanted to go up Table Mountain and the abseiling looks awesome! Going on a safari would be amazing as well. Schotia Safari Game Reserve sounds like it was a fantastic adventure! The Garden Route definitely sounds like something we would like to do sometime!

    • Brie Goumaz

      It’s an adventure for sure! Thanks!

  • Amazing round-up! I’ve been dying to visit Africa and you bet that Cape Town will be high on my list. I’ll surely be bookmarking this post now 😉 Thank you!

    • Brie Goumaz

      Thanks! It’s definitely a special place!

  • Christina

    The Garden Route looks like an epic trip for sure. Going to South Africa is a bucket list item for me so I am definitely pinning this post for future reference.

    • Brie Goumaz

      That’s fantastic! It’s a must do trip for sure!

  • Antonette Spaan

    Abseiling from the Table Mountain would really be my thing. I love outdoor adventures and we’d probably enjoy hiking up and then heading down on a rope. I never heard before this is possible so thanks for the inspiration!

    • Brie Goumaz

      It was so much fun! Glad you enjoyed!