The Garden Route | Joe Walsh Tours

The Garden Route

Please note that these are tailor made itineraries and not escorted tours.

The Garden Route is a truly beautiful stretch of coastline running from Mossel Bay to the Tsitsikamma National Park. It is a popular self-drive route, taking in breathtaking scenery, with beautiful beaches, championship golf courses, lakes and lagoons between majestic mountains, lush forests and picturesque villages.

Mossel Bay is a charming coastal village with a sun kissed peninsula that enjoys a mild climate all year round. The surrounding waters of the Indian Ocean provide a playground for water-lovers with a variety of exciting activities to chose from, including shark cage diving. Food enthusiasts will relish the opportunity to sample the world-class local mussels.

George is a pretty town nestled at the foot of the Outeniqua Mountains and is a golfers paradise with 3 of South Africa's "top ten" golf courses to be found here. It is a popular stop off for a trip on the famous Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe stream strain.

Knysna is a quaint village surrounded by spectacular mountain passes, indigenous forests & beautiful lakes. Its two sandstone cliffs - Knysna Heads - flank the mouth of the lagoon, which spills into the sea.

Oudtshoorn, capital of the Klein Karoo, enjoys a relaxed, friendly and hospitable atmosphere and is famed for its ostrich breeding farms.

From adrenalin filled activities to whale watching and lazy beach days, there is so much to see and do on the Garden Route, no matter what level of activity you enjoy.


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Top Tips

  • Shark Diving: For an experience of a lifetime why not get into a cage and face off against the greatest predators on earth! There are numerous sites along the Garden Route where you can try Shark Cage Diving, ask our South Africa Specialists for more information on 01-241 0800.
  • Whale watching: There are a plenty opportunities to whale watch along the Garden Route coast. You can watch from the shore, however boat trips provide the best opportunities to get up close to these beautiful creatures.
  • Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe: This steam train travels along the coast from George to Knysna, across the 210m long Kaaimans River Bridge and through the countryside, featuring some of the most spectacular scenery in South Africa.
  • The Feather Capital of South Africa: Take a tour of an Ostrich Farm in Oudtshoorn and learn about the life of the largest bird in the world. Enjoy a delicious lunch on the farm featuring local specialities such as ostrich egg omelette and ostrich steak.

Golf Package

Golfing in the Garden Route

South Africa is a golfers'paradise with top class courses to challenge even the keenest player. The Garden Route is slowly becoming known as `the Algarve of South African golf’ and is home to Fancourt, which hosted the 2003 Presidents Cup.

THE LINKS FANCOURT - Garden Route
Hosted the Presidents Cup in 2003 and is widely expected to become one of the best courses in South Africa. Enjoy a unique experience on an unspoiled course with stunning views.
*Grading: Platinum
*Green Fees: From €100 Hotel Residents
*Par 72

Local Information

  • Currency: South Africa Rand (ZAR)
  • Glass of Coca Cola: €1
  • Bottle of Beer: €1.50
  • Bottle of Wine: From €10
  • 3 Course meal: €15 - €30
  • Time Difference is GMT: + 2 hours (no daylight saving time in 2012)
  • Airports: Capetown/Port Elizabeth (CPT) (PLZ)
  • Flight duration: 12 hours 50 minutes/13hours 10 minutes approximately
  • Transfer time: 30 minutes / 1 hour
  • Languages: English, Afrikaans, Zulu
  • Climate: Varied across the country but generally a temperate climate
  • Voltage: 230V A/C, sockets outlets and sockets Europlug 2 pin and type M 3 pin are used
  • Visa (Irish citizens): No
  • Passport: EU citizens travelling to South Africa must have a valid up-to-date passport valid for travel three months beyond the date of return
  • Vaccinations: Tetanus, Typhoid, Malaria, Hepatitis are recommended - please consult your GP.
  • These prices are given as a guide only.

Franschhoek Country House & Villas

Country: South Africa

City/Area: Franschhoek

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