The garden route covers a large stretch of coast between the Western Cape and Port Elizabeth. For convenience, we have stretched the definition to include the nearby Outdshoorn region in the Klein Karoo. Away from the towns and the N2, vast mountains blanketed in dense virgin forest tumble down to the wild Indian Ocean coastline. Where once visitors headed without thinking for Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, it makes more sense nowadays to base yourself at one of the superior inland lodges and use it as a base to explore from.
Our favourite lodges are in the Crags area just East of Plettenberg Bay, with Hog Hollow (boutique) and Moon Shine (mid-range) both offering real character in a back to nature setting. If you really want to be in walking distance of a beach, then Anlin Beach House (Plett Bay) or Under Milkwood (if you have toddlers) are good options (these are best avoided over the peak November – January domestic season). It is worth noting that as with the Cape in general, beaches are not your regular sun-bather & cocktail variety, think beach-combing, rock pools and surf.
Our itineraries are carefully designed by our experienced travel designers based on years of experience and customer feedback. For a custom itinerary tailored to you, please enquire giving as much detail as possible on your brief.
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.
Tailor-made Classic 2 weeks
One week holiday combining the best of Cape Town with gorgeous lodges in the Winelands & Whale Coast.
Tailor-made Luxury 8 days
A holiday of a lifetime. Spend 4 days exploring the best of Cape Town, before heading to Kruger for world class safari.
Tailor-made Luxury 8 days
Classic Garden Route holiday including our trademark Cape Town experience, E Cape Safari and Coast.
Tailor-made 2 weeks
Two week family holiday including some of the best family friendly lodges in South Africa & Malaria free safari in Madikwe
Tailor-made Luxury 12 days
We know our onions. Our specialists have vast experience of their destinations, backed up by our superb local guides and hosts.
Our prices are often better than booking direct. We'll match any quote from a UK or US Tour operator.
As a comprehensively bonded ATOL and ABTA tour operator with 24/7 emergency support we've got your back.
Service rating : This was our second time using Tourdust. Once again we were pleased with the level of customer service (quick responses, lots of knowledge and information) as well as the thoughtful itinerary. We had an unforgettable time in South Africa and recommend to all!
Product : Very reasonably priced, glad we were able to get the direct flight from LHR to Cape Town.
verified review for Best of South Africa for Families on 05 January 2017
Service rating : Good engagement and all comments were incorporated in the itinerary proposal. Good availability and plenty of patience to accommodate changes. Clear itinerary and details about accommodations and activities. Could have been improved with SatNav details when places were in more remote places.
Product : Many of the places we stayed were really exclusive and I would not have been able to find them independently so it was a great service from Tour Dust.
verified review for Classic Garden Route For Families on 06 April 2016
Service rating : very attentive service, knowledgeable and adaptable to our individual requirements.
Product : overall wonderful
verified review for Classic Garden Route For Families on 20 February 2016