Garden Route 3 Day tour
Low cost Flights & budget Car Hire
You can fly in to George and collect your pre-booked Car Hire to enjoy the Garden Route. From the airport drive 7 km into the city centre of George. This city which was first proclaimed a town in 1811 is known as the capital of the Garden Route. It is the ideal starting point for a self-drive tour towards Knysna. Sometimes also called the Lake District of South Africa. Travellers from far afield as Britain and Australia travel to South Africa to enjoy the exciting beauty and freedom, with so much to do and see along the Garden Route.
Depending on your arrival time we might suggest that you overnight in George. Giving you a refreshing and early start in the morning. The one way distance is approximately 65 Km with much to see & explore.
There are two suggested Scenic Routes to choose from:-
1. George to Knysna via Seven Passes Road.
From George follow the Saasveld Road towards the Nelson Mandela University (George Campus) and onto the Seven Passes Road. The road was completed in 1882 and remained the main road connecting Knysna and George until the N2 was opened in 1952. The Seven Passes Road is a national monument that crosses 10 rivers and goes through 7 Gorges on its way to Knysna. You will pass through villages such as Hoekwil, Karatara and Rheenendal as you wind through the Outeniqua Mountains. Phantom Pass is the final pass and brings the traveller out on the N2 roughly 7 km from Knysna.
2. George to Knysna via Wilderness and Sedgefield. (most popular)
Depart from George on the N2. The road winds though the Kaaiman’s River Pass and up to Dolphin Point, a popular whale watching viewpoint. From here one can gaze down on the seemingly endless beach at Wilderness. Your route continues past Wilderness to Sedgefield, an official ‘Slow Town’ surrounded by lakes or vleis on one side and the Indian Ocean on the other. From Sedgefield the road continues winding through the hills and valleys for another 28km to Knysna.
3. George to Mossel Bay.
Depart George on the N2 travelling westwards towards the Blue Flag beaches of Mossel Bay. The first European explorer, Bartholomew Diaz, dropped anchored in the Bay in 1488. Bartholomew Diaz Caravel is on view in the museum.
4. George to Oudtshoorn.
Depart George heading north to Oudtshoorn up and over the 800m Outeniqua Pass.
Knysna is a charming little town. Situated on the shores of the Knysna lagoon, home to over 200 species of fish as well as the famous endangered Knysna seahorse. Two immense sandstone cliffs known as the Heads guard the the lagoon’s entrance. The first record of settlement goes back to the late 1700’s. Although George Rex who is regarded as the town’s founder only arrived in the early 1800’s. He is buried in a solitary grave next the N2 as you head west out of Knysna.
Places of Interest in Knysna
The Knysna Waterfront is a hive of restaurants and entertainment where one can book a ferry trip, yacht charter or perhaps a dinner cruise aboard the famous Paddle cruiser. Knysna lagoon does a few beaches such as Bollard Bay. Others are only reachable by boat on the opposite shore.
Knysna Elephant Park
Knysna Elephant park is situated on the N2 between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. Daily tours offer visitors an up close experience with these magnificent gentle giants.
Return to George or you can choose to your extend journey onto Port Elizabeth.
Both George and Port Elizabeth have domestic Airports and car hire depots where you can return your rented car hire.
The Cape Garden Route not only attracts local South Africans but international visitor from Britain, France, Netherlands, Italy, Germany wanting a self-drive holiday tour adding a new dimension to your freedom of travel. So go online today and book your low cost flights and budget car hire for arrival and collection at George Airport. You will not be disappointed, your time and your fun is all yours to keep, a memorable adventure.