Our Top Accommodation Picks on the Garden Route

We have carefully and painstakingly researched, inspected and tested a wide range of lodges and guesthouses in Cape Town, the Garden Route and Eastern Cape - here are our favourites:

ONE-OFF GUESTHOUSES AND SELF CATERING PROPERTIES:
A collection of one off owner operated B&Bs and Self Catering, selected for their character and value for money. Book early as these places are small one off places and there are no substitutes.

MOON SHINE ON WHISKEY CREEK, GARDEN ROUTE
The name betrays the soul of this fantastic gem of a place. Moon Shine offers (quite literally) hand crafted self-catering forest cabins in a beautiful plot of indigenous forest in the Crags area outside Plettenberg Bay.
Our images and review: Moon Shine on Whiskey Creek

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Garden Route Budget Gems

Garden Route Budget Gems

Garden Route > Family Holidays

The Classic Garden Route with a twist, using our favourite one-off owner operated B&Bs and Self Catering. Book early as availability is limited.

from £848(14 days)

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OUE WERF, OUDTSHOORN
Oue Werf is a beautiful authentic farm guesthouse that has been in the same family for 6 generations, tracing its routes back to 1857. There is a lovely rural atmosphere, with open agricultural and mountain scenery, relaxed gardens and traditional Cape Dutch architecture.
Our images and review: Oue Werf, Oudtshoorn

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Garden Route Budget Gems

Garden Route Budget Gems

Garden Route > Family Holidays

The Classic Garden Route with a twist, using our favourite one-off owner operated B&Bs and Self Catering. Book early as availability is limited.

from £848(14 days)

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BEAUMONT WINE FARM, BOT RIVER
Bot River is not the kind of place tourists usually stop over at, which is a good thing, as it is a lovely find of a place. These simple farm cottages on the family-run Beaumont wine farm in Bot River are a real gem. An opportunity to experience Overberg life on a authentic wine farm.
Our images and review: Beaumont Wine Farm

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Cape Town, Garden Route & Safari Holiday

Cape Town, Garden Route & Safari Holiday

Garden Route > Tailor-made Holidays

Self drive exploration of Cape Town, Garden Route and Safari experience in private reserve.

from £1580(13 days)

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Cape & Garden Route Adventure

Cape & Garden Route Adventure

Garden Route > Tailor-made Holidays

An active holiday around the Cape & Garden route, including a 2 day guided hike, ending with safari experience in the Eastern Cape

from £1850(15 days)

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Garden Route Budget Gems

Garden Route Budget Gems

Garden Route > Family Holidays

The Classic Garden Route with a twist, using our favourite one-off owner operated B&Bs and Self Catering. Book early as availability is limited.

from £848(14 days)

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ACORN GUEST HOUSE, CAPE TOWN
Acorn Guest house is a relaxed, affordable, nicely presented and welcoming guesthouse in a lovely location in the Oranjezicht and Gardens neighbourhood. It is our favoured option for those on a budget in Cape Town. 
Our images and review: Acorn Guest House 

Recommended Itineraries:

Cape & Garden Route Adventure

Cape & Garden Route Adventure

Garden Route > Tailor-made Holidays

An active holiday around the Cape & Garden route, including a 2 day guided hike, ending with safari experience in the Eastern Cape

from £1850(15 days)

More info

Garden Route Budget Gems

Garden Route Budget Gems

Garden Route > Family Holidays

The Classic Garden Route with a twist, using our favourite one-off owner operated B&Bs and Self Catering. Book early as availability is limited.

from £848(14 days)

More info

 




 

BOUTIQUE LODGES AND HOTELS

WELGELEGEN, CAPE TOWN
Welgelegen is a lovely contemporary boutique hotel in the heart of the gardens neighbourhood of Cape Town. Attention to detail is everything and Welglegen hits just the right boutique notes; relaxed, stylish, but never stuffy.
Our images and review: Welgelegen Hotel

 

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Cape & Kruger Family Holiday

Cape & Kruger Family Holiday

Greater Kruger > Family Safaris

A holiday of a lifetime. Spend 4 days exploring the best of what Cape Town has to offer, before heading to Kruger, one of the best safari destinations in the world.

from £995(8 days)

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Classic Garden Route For Families

Classic Garden Route For Families

Garden Route > Family Holidays

Two week Classic Garden Route holiday including our trademark Cape Town experience, Safari and Coast.

from £1372(14 days)

1 review

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Cape & Kruger Holiday

Cape & Kruger Holiday

Greater Kruger > Tailor-made Holidays

Admire the views at the world's 3rd largest Canyon, go on Safari in Kruger then visit Cape Town & go whale watching in Hermanus.

from £2100(12 Days)

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GROOTBOS, WHALE COAST
Grootbos is a superb wilderness eco-lodge set in pristine fynbos overlooking the Western Cape’s majestic Whale Coast. 
Our images and review: Grootbos

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Cape, Coast & Winelands Family Holiday

Cape, Coast & Winelands Family Holiday

Garden Route > Family Holidays

One week holiday combining the best of Cape Town with gorgeous lodges in the Winelands & Whale Coast.

from £977(8 days)

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Best of South Africa for Families

Best of South Africa for Families

Garden Route > Family Holidays

Two week family holiday including some of the best family friendly lodges in South Africa with horse riding at Ants Nest & Malaria free safari in Madikwe

from £1989(person)

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HOG HOLLOW, GARDEN ROUTE
We aren’t going to win any prizes for originality for recommending Hogs Hollow, but in this case the big reputation is well deserved, it is hard to see how anyone could go away disappointed from a stay here.  Hog Hollow is a high quality eco lodge in a beautiful and convenient forest setting in The Crags area outside Plettenberg Bay.
Our images and review: Hog Hollow 

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Classic Garden Route For Families

Classic Garden Route For Families

Garden Route > Family Holidays

Two week Classic Garden Route holiday including our trademark Cape Town experience, Safari and Coast.

from £1372(14 days)

1 review

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Cape Town, Garden Route & Safari Holiday

Cape Town, Garden Route & Safari Holiday

Garden Route > Tailor-made Holidays

Self drive exploration of Cape Town, Garden Route and Safari experience in private reserve.

from £1580(13 days)

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HILLSNEK, AMAKHALA PRIVATE RESERVE
A Tourdust favourite, Amakhala Hillsnek is a simply gorgeous small camp set on a bluff overlooking the main section of Amakhala reserve. This is one of those places where everything comes together just so, with fresh contemporary and inviting décor and a wonderfully relaxed ambience.
Our images and review: Hillsnek, Amakhala 

Recommended Itineraries:

Classic Garden Route For Families

Classic Garden Route For Families

Garden Route > Family Holidays

Two week Classic Garden Route holiday including our trademark Cape Town experience, Safari and Coast.

from £1372(14 days)

1 review

More info

Cape Town, Garden Route & Safari Holiday

Cape Town, Garden Route & Safari Holiday

Garden Route > Tailor-made Holidays

Self drive exploration of Cape Town, Garden Route and Safari experience in private reserve.

from £1580(13 days)

More info

 



QUATERMAIN'S CAMP, AMAKHALA PRIVATE RESERVE
This small and intimate colonial expedition style camp offers a perfect blend of safari ambience, superb wildlife opportunities and unusually good value. 
Our images and review: Quatermain's Camp

Recommended Itinerary: 

Cape & Garden Route Adventure

Cape & Garden Route Adventure

Garden Route > Tailor-made Holidays

An active holiday around the Cape & Garden route, including a 2 day guided hike, ending with safari experience in the Eastern Cape

from £1850(15 days)

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CAMP FIGTREE
If there were a contest for best stoep (verandah) in Africa, it would be hard to imagine anywhere besting the colonial elegance, mountain views and utterly remote location of Camp Figtree’s magnificent terrace. This small lodge is set atop a high Zuurberg peak with 270 degree views, yet is only a short drive from the main entrance to Addo Elephant National Park. 
Our images and review: Camp Figtree  

Recommended Itinerary:

Garden Route Budget Gems

Garden Route Budget Gems

Garden Route > Family Holidays

The Classic Garden Route with a twist, using our favourite one-off owner operated B&Bs and Self Catering. Book early as availability is limited.

from £848(14 days)

More info

 

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