Top 10 Adventure Activities along the Garden Route

The Garden Route is a brilliant family destination catering to a wide range of interests. Indigenous forests, excellent cafes and shops, fresh seafood and a wide selection of outdoor activities make the Garden Route popular amongst both local and international travellers.

To help you discover more of this South African gem, First Car Rental has created a top 10 list of adventures you can enjoy on the Garden Route.

  • Become a game ranger

    1. Become a Game Ranger for 5 Days

    Set on 11000 hectares, Gondwana Nature Reserve is the only free-roaming Big Five game reserve in the Southern Cape. The 5-day conservation experience offers guests the opportunity to participate in wildlife management, conservation projects, and learning bush skills.

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  • Paragliding Garden Route

    2. Paragliding over Wilderness Beach

    The Garden Route has some of the best locations for paragliding. Experience the wonder of flight as you soar over pristine Garden Route beaches. Enjoy easy coastal soaring as you admire the Cape's natural beauty and, if you're lucky, spot whales.

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  • Robberg Nature Reserve

    3. Hike the Robberg Nature Reserve

    Get an elevated view of nature as you hike along one of the area's most well-known and scenic trails. Robberg Nature Reserve is a national monument and World Heritage Site with prehistoric rocks and Stone Age artefacts. Expect inspiring landscapes, in-season dolphin and whale sightings, and a variety of bird species on your hike.

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  • Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour

    4. Zip-line through the Tsitsikamma

    Delight in a unique eco-adventure in the magnificent Tsitsikamma rainforest. Undertake the journey of a lifetime as you traverse from one platform to another along a steel cable 30m above the forest floor.

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  • Blackwater Tubing

    5. Blackwater Tubing on the Storms River

    Blackwater tubing is the ultimate adventure experience. The black waters can be intimidating, and even scary, but, once you jump onto your inflatable river tube, you are in for bucket loads of fun - a must try for adventurous, nature-loving travellers.

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  • Otter Trail Hike

    6. Hike the Otter Trail

    Stretching over 43km, this 5-day hiking trail begins from the Storms River Mouth Rest Camp and makes its way to the Groot River Estuary at Nature's Valley. The Otter Trail is renowned in South Africa as the prince of hiking trails, making it one of South Africa's most popular and oldest hiking trails.

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  • Bloukrans Bungee

    7. Bungee Jump off the Bloukrans Bridge

    Built in 1983, the Bloukrans Bridge, at 216m, is the highest commercial bridge bungee jump in the world and attracts adventure seekers from across the globe. If safely plunging into the gorge below doesn’t appeal to you, there are many other tours, rides, jumps, and swings to try.

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  • Sandboarding

    8. Sandboarding on the Dunes

    South Africa, with over 2000km of coastline, is the perfect place for sandboarding. The dunes at Brenton-on-Sea in Knysna, with a run of about 100m, are ideal for carving up tracks in the sand. These dues are well known amongst expert boarders as the best in South Africa for their sand quality, ease of ride and fun.

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  • Cango Caves

    9. Visit the Cango Caves

    Situated 27kms form Oudtshoorn at the head of the picturesque Cango Valley, the Cango Caves are an underground wonder. Africa's only show cave, the Cango Caves offers visitors a choice of an easy Heritage tour or more demanding Adventure tour led by experienced, knowledgeable and accredited guides.

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  • Seal Diving

    10. Swim with Seals

    Jump into the clear waters at Robberg Peninsula and swim in the company of playful and inquisitive Cape Fur Seals. Experience marine life in an extraordinary interaction as you snorkel among the seals, sharing unforgettable moments with these playful mammals.

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Hire a car with First Car Rental and enjoy any of these great activities along the Garden Route. With car rental branches across South Africa, car hire is quick and easy.

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