Nature & Scenic Tours

Plettenberg Bay (Road trip: 60-100 km) – Forests, fynbos, beaches, nature reserves, animal sanctuaries, shopping.

Oudtshoorn (Road trip: 250-300 km) – Via George and the Outeniqua Pass into the dry hinterland of the Klein Karoo. Ostriches, caves, nature reserves and sweeping mountain vistas.

Uniondale (Road trip: 300-350 km) – Over the Outeniqua Mountains on the untarred Prince Alfred’s Pass and return on the tarred Outeniqua Pass – a dramatic drive through the region.

Below are some of the many outdoor activities in the area.


One of the most spectacular attractions in this area is the Knysna Forest. It is the largest indigenous forest in South Africa comprising of tall and ancient trees of local and exotic species, including stinkwood, yellowwood, blackwood, ironwood, white alders and Cape chestnut. Not forgetting the ferns, creepers and wild flowers which add colour to this endless green collage. The forest is vast and extremely dense in places making it impenetrable. Animal life is limited to a few small antelope and a large variety of birds, such as the famous Knysna Loerie.

LAGOON: Paddle Cruiser, John Benn,
For a unique cruise and dining experience – with a modern, hip and trendy twist – The Paddle Cruiser offers both lunch time (12h30 departure) and evening (18h15 departure) cruises. This is the only paddle-driven vessel in South Africa and is a unique dining venue in Knysna. Turn your evening meal into a special occasion – depart at sunset, cruise to the famous Knysna Heads at twilight and return under the stars and twinkling lights of the town.
Other boats available are: John Benn, Heads Explorer, Three Legs

Featherbed is a privately-owned, registered Nature Reserve and a South African Heritage site, No.59. It is a pristine piece of paradise situated on the Western Head of Knysna and is accessible by ferry only. This spectacular four-hour eco-experience includes a return ferry trip, nature drive and guided walk, ending with a sumptuous buffet lunch at the Food Forest Restaurant.

The Featherbed Company gives visitors to the Garden Route ‘an unforgettable experience on the Knysna Lagoon’. The Lagoon, more accurately defined as an estuary, has five fresh water rivers flowing in from the surrounding Outeniqua Mountains meeting with the surge of sea water from the Indian Ocean through the mighty headlands – known as the ‘Knysna Heads’ – the grand sandstone cliffs towering above the entrance to the Lagoon.

Tsitsikamma National Park

The Tsitsikamma National Park is situated at the heart of the picturesque tourist region known as the Garden Route, found in the Southern Cape of South Africa. Tsitsikamma is a Khoisan word meaning, “place of much water”. The Park incorporates 80 km of rocky coastline with spectacular sea and landscapes, a remote mountainous region with secluded valleys covered in mountain Fynbos and temperate high forests with deep river gorges leading down to the sea.

The Tsitsikamma’s spectacular scenery includes the Indian Ocean breakers, pounding rocky shores beneath 180 m high cliffs, ever-green forests and fynbos (proteas and heath) rolling down to the sea in a lush carpet where ancient rivers have carved their path to the ocean through rocky ravines. All this conspires to attract large numbers of international and local tourist to the Park.


Robberg Nature Reserve along with kilometres of glorious beaches, edges the “Bay Beautiful” – Plettenberg Bay. Robberg has it all – spectacular scenery, unimpeded vistas of ocean and shore, uniquely adapted vegetation, a thriving seal colony, caracal, grysbok, porcupine, rock hyrax sunbirds and seabirds and funny little lizards (agamas) who watch you quizzically wherever you sit. On top of all this are its other secrets – fossils of unimagined antiquity under one’s feet (if you know where to look): caves where stone-age man hunted and fished, lived and died; stories of shipwrecks more dramatic than any fiction, and of fishing tales from times when shoals of great game fish surged past its flanks. Even the rock faces have tales to tell of giant inland seas, rising and falling mountain ranges and sea levels – the birth and death of rocky beaches and quiet lagoons.

Walk high above the water and view schools of dolphins, gamefish or shark as they pass by. From May to November the peninsula offers excellent land based whale watching when the Southern Right Whale comes into the shelter of the bay to mate and calve.

Take one of three guided walks – especially tailored to suit your personal interests and fitness level.


Enjoy the unequalled experience of travelling 30 meters above the forest floor through the tree top forest canopy gliding along on a steel cable. A view once only seen by the many exotic birds of the indigenous forest. At each platform spend a few minutes relaxing as your guide enthusiastically explains the ecology of the forest around you, pointing out magnificent giant ferns and the many different exotic trees. An unusual experience which you are likely to remember forever. Recommended age groups 7 to 70 years. One of the many popular family activities you can enjoy on your backpacking holiday.

An experience you may never repeat anywhere else.

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