Explore the Garden Route

  • Adrenaline Activities
  • Animal Encounters
  • Beach
  • Big 5
  • Bird Watching
  • Boat Cruises
  • Boating
  • Bowls
  • Canoeing
  • Catch-and-release Fishing
  • Child-Friendly Activities
  • Cultural Tours
  • Cycling
  • Deep Sea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Game Drives
  • Game Viewing
  • Game Walks
  • Garden Tours
  • General Sightseeing
  • Golf
  • Helicopter Rides
  • Hiking
  • Historical Tours
  • Horse Riding
  • Horse-back Safaris
  • Kayaking / Paddling
  • Marine Adventures
  • Mini Golf
  • Mountain Biking
  • Museums
  • Paragliding
  • Quad Biking
  • Safaris
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving
  • Sea Kayaking
  • Shark Cage Diving
  • Sky Diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Surfing
  • Tennis Court
  • Tree-top Canopy Tours
  • Water Skiing
  • Whale Watching
  • Windsurfing
  • Wine Tasting

Explore the Garden Route

The Fancourt Estate is situated in the heart of the Garden Route – one of South Africa’s most iconic tourist attractions. This expanse of organic beauty stretches along the south-east coastline from Mossel Bay to the Storms River in the Eastern Cape. The Outeniqua mountain range is well within eyeshot from the vantage point of the estate. Beyond that, forested regions, lagoons and rolling hills provide visitors with access to all the raw, natural beauty that South Africa has to offer. Available activities along this coastline include adventure trails, hiking, bird-watching, canoeing and tree canopy slides against a backdrop of scenic splendour. There are also organic food markets, craft villages, big 5 safari experiences, ocean and forest adventure activities, world class hiking and mountain biking trails and the world’s highest bridge bungee jump. The Garden Route is the world’s best-kept natural secret and Fancourt is the perfect place to start your adventure.

The Big Five on your doorstep

The term “Big 5” has become synonymous with five of the most sought-after game animals on the African wildlife spectrum: the lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and Cape buffalo. Previously used exclusively by hunters, the term has entered into popular culture and spotting the “Big 5” has become a rite of passage for international and local visitors alike. The Garden Route provides a window of opportunity for visitors to see these majestic animals in their natural habitats. A number of world-renowned game lodges, wildlife reserves and safari destinations can be found along the Garden Route, each providing a truly unique experience that is suitable for the whole family.

Other Wildlife Excursions

The diversity of African wildlife and nature-inspired excursions along the south-east coastline goes beyond photographing the Big 5. Sanctuaries like Birds of Eden, the largest free flight aviary in the world, offers an award-wining live forest experience. At the Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, visitors are treated to the unique experience of meeting indigenous wild cats and cheetahs in an interactive family-orientated programme. Ocean safaris take visitors out into the deep blue and offer opportunities to spot whales and dolphins, depending on their migratory patterns.

A visit to Monkeyland is amongst the most popular family excursions situated along the Garden Route – one that treats visitors to an eco-tourism experience in its award-winning primate sanctuary. Another landmark on this iconic stretch is the Knysna Elephant Park with its large domesticated herd of Africa’s gentle giants, all of which have been rescued, adopted and rehomed. The Garden Route extends a warm welcome to nature-enthusiasts and guests looking to immerse themselves in natural African beauty whether on land or sea.

Knysna Lagoon

Knysna, a town enclosed by the green canopy of indigenous trees, is an award winning beacon beacon of South African tourism along the Garden Route. It is situated on the northern shore of a large warm-water estuary known as the Knysna Lagoon. This sparkling body of water is where five fresh water rivers, flowing from the Outeniqua Mountains, meets a surge of sea water from the Indian Ocean. Marking this meeting place are two large headlands known as the Knysna Heads – a pair of towering sandstone cliffs. This area provides an idyllic setting for sundowner cruises, shopping at the Knysna Waterfront and leisurely dining while overlooking the glassy lagoon.

Live the adventure

Even adrenaline junkies are spoiled for choice along the Garden Route’s many destinations that offer extreme activities for the more adventurous at heart. The commercial Bloukrans bridge is the site of the world’s highest bungee and is at the top of the must-do lists of many extreme sporting enthusiasts. Bungee jumping at this location entails a drop of more than 200 metres into the lush Bloukrans River Valley below.

Treetop canopy tours in the Tsitsikamma forest combine the thrill of sliding down suspended cables, with the unrivaled opportunity to explore the region’s indigenous bird life and vegetation. More activities for adventure seekers include quad biking, paragliding, water rafting and Huey helicopter rides. Whether on land or sea, the Garden Route offers a wide range of opportunities for unforgettable thrills and riveting experiences.

Wine Region

Illustrious, award-winning wine farms can be found throughout the length and breadth of the Garden Route. The maritime Mediterranean climate of this region yields cool, wet winters and moderately hot summers – ideal conditions for the cultivation of a wide range of red, white and rosé wines. From wine-tasting and cellar tours to alfresco dining and musical evenings, each wine farm provides its own exclusive list of offerings. The winelands situated along this area form a wine route that makes for a magical day excursion.

Family fun

The array of leisure destinations along the Garden Route are predominantly geared towards inclusive family fun. From wildlife tours to boat trips and adventure activities, most locations include a child-friendly component to ensure a memorable experience for all.