The Garden Route is South Africa’s little garden of Eden, a lush green paradise packed to the brim with spectacular views, unbelievable adventures, and memories to be made. But with so much to do, and so much to be seen, it’s no surprise if you feel a little lost. That’s where we come in - Hotspots2c’s tailor-made travel experts are here to design a trip that suits your every need and help you tick off your must-do Garden Route wish list items.
With years of travel experience and insider access, we’re perfectly equipped to help you realise your travel dreams, and make new ones you hadn’t even dreamed of yet! No fuss from start to finish – let us know what you need and we'll create a seamless multi-day trip filled with personalised experiences. We’ll take care of all the finer details so that you can focus on the most important thing; having a good time!
Experience a rush like no other when you jump from one of the world’s highest bridge bungy spots!
Zipline through dramatic scenery and over waterfalls in the Tsitsikamma forest.
Hike through the Tsitsikamma forest to reach the ancient 40m high Yellowwood tree.
Walk through the luscious Tsitsikamma forest over suspension bridges with views of a secret beach.
Sandboard your way through the dunes of Jeffreys Bay.
Hang ten on the world famous Supertubes in Jeffreys Bay.
Come face to face with the mighty great white on an adrenaline-packed shark cage dive.
Chill out with some beach time or shopping in the surf town of Jefferys Bay.
Drive the dusty roads of Addo in the tour vehicle, searching for elephants and other wildlife.
Have ideas of your dream Garden Route trip? Need some travel inspo? Just want to go off the beaten track? Your tailor-made Garden Route tour will be distinctly unique and tailored to visit best of the best and take you to the hotspots you’re just dying to see.
Our Garden Route region tailor-made tour rates include a professional guide as well as a registered tour vehicle for each day of your multi-day itinerary. You’ve got 350km on the clock each day, a local guide with insider knowledge, and a travel expert support team on standby to put together your dream trip.
We’ll arrange spectacular accommodation to suit your budget and organize any activities you had in mind for your days. Choose from the list of activities below, search the rest of the site for ideas or let us know what you'd like to experience and we'll make it part of your trip.
Overnight accommodation included according to your selected stay package. Subject to availability.
This trip will be tailored exclusively to your needs.
Led by a local English-speaking professional tour guide.
Private transfers to your choice of tour highlights for each day.
There is no central meeting point, a transfer service will collect you from your organised location.
The fare stated includes the use of a guide and vehicle per day with a maximum distance under 350km.
All optional activities will be added to your package price at an additional cost.
Local and international flights are excluded.
You are responsible for your own personal travel insurance.
You can purchase meals + drinks on tour.
Since the beginning, working as a guesthouse manager 13-years ago, I have been involved in creating personalised experiences for people in the travel industry. It has grown into my work passion and I love being able to create tailor-made experiences for people that they will remember for the rest of their lives. In between doing that, I create my own memories and experiences by spending time with my family (usually on the beach), attending festivals and capturing it all with my camera.
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Full amount required to reserve or confirm a booking.
Children are welcome on private tours. Some activities will have age limits and alcohol may only be served to adults over 18 years of age.
11 official Languages Spoken
Afrikaans – English – isiNdebele – Sepedi.– Sesotho – Siswati – Xitsonga – Setswana – Tshivenda – isiXhosa
How to say hello?
Molo – Xhosa
Sawubona - Zulu
Hallo - Afrikaans
Dumela - SeSotho
Electricity – Volt & plug
The South African electricity supply is 220/230 volts AC 50 HZ. Most plugs are 15 amp 3-prong or 5 amp 2-prong, with round pins.
WiFi/Internet Access on tour
WiFi can be found at most accommodations, restaurants and airports, however, the download speed is often slow and many connections limit your data usage. In short, you’ll be able to stay connected with home, but don't expect to watch HD movies in your spare time.
When to go
South Africa is blessed with a mostly mild climate, but different areas will yield different temperatures throughout the year. Summer in South Africa is usually peak season, lasting between November – February, however Easter time (March) is often still considered peak season too. Temperatures range from 25ºC in coastal areas to high 30ºs in inland areas. Cape Town has ideal weather during this time and Durban sports warm beaches and humid air, Johannesburg experiences hot clear days and often an afternoon thunderstorm.
Shoulder season is April and May, as well as September and October. Surprisingly, the weather in Durban is often at its best during this time, and other areas simmer down from their scorching highs. Prices are lower and crowds are smaller. September and October see eruptions of flowers and blooms all around the country.
Winter is beautiful in most parts of the country. Cape Town experiences winter rain and is often a little cold and miserable, but still crisp and beautiful. Because of the warm Indian Ocean, Durban has spectacular weather in winter, often hovering around 20-25ºC with clear blue skies. Inland areas get quite chilly and the odd snowfall is not uncommon (it only lasts for a day though!). Prices are at an all time low and it is an ideal time for game viewing, as the animals are more active in the cooler weather.
Best time to go
Jun-Jul = Safari
Jan-Feb = Beach
With the possible exception of Christmas Day and New Year's Day, most tourist services and attractions are open on South African public holidays. In addition most city shopping centres, restaurants and entertainment venues remain open.
|1 Jan||New Year's Day|
|21 Mar||Human Rights Day|
|30 Mar||Good Friday|
|2 Apr||Family Day|
|27 Apr||Freedom Day|
|1 May||Workers' Day|
|16 Jun||Youth Day|
|9 Aug||National Women's Day|
|24 Sep||Heritage Day|
|16 Dec||Day of Reconciliation|
|17 Dec||Day of Reconciliation Holiday|
|25 Dec||Christmas Day|
|26 Dec||Day of Goodwill|
Visa & Travel docs
Travellers from most Commonwealth countries (excluding New Zealand), most Western European nations, Japan and the USA receive a free, 90-day visitor's permit on arrival. These travellers do not need a visa to enter South Africa. A valid passport is essential with at least two empty pages. You generally will need to show return or onward travel arrangements. Children aged under 18 must show an unabridged birth certificate (showing both parents details).
Some countries do, however, need a visa. Visas are not issued upon entry, they must be attained beforehand. It is advised that you clarify this before you leave, the Department of Home Affairs office has a comprehensive list of countries that do not require visas. http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/immigration-services/exempt-countries
What to pack
We're generally laid back in South Africa, so no need to haul out your best silks and diamonds when you head to our shores. Here's some clothing advice when in South Africa:
Health & Safety
There are no compulsory vaccinations required to enter South Africa with exception of a yellow fever vaccination if you have been in a yellow fever area within the last 12 months.
The only major health risk you might face in South Africa is malaria, which is confined to small areas in the north-eastern parts of the country. Small pockets of the northern parts of the Kruger National Park fall under this area but the risk here is considered extremely low and it is not always necessary to take anti-malaria tablets. Remember as a precautionary measure to check with your accommodation what is recommended.
South Africa may have high crime statistics, but if you conduct yourself wisely, most tourists enjoy the country without any incident at all. Ensure that you lock away your passports and travel documents in a safe, which is usually provided by your accommodation. Don't flash around valuables and keep an eye on your belongings at all time. Majority of South Africa’s crime is opportunistic petty crime, so if you are vigilant about your belongings you should not have any problem.
South Africa has 3 world-class airports that receive international flights every day; Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. Most international airlines will have flights into one or all of these airports daily.
There are numerous budget carriers that offer domestic flights between the major cities for very reasonable rates; this is the fastest and safest way to span large distances, especially between Johannesburg and Cape Town, which is a 2-hour flight.
From the airports there are numerous shuttles and taxis that you can pick up upon arrival, there are also many different car hire options at each airport and in all major cities. Uber is another reliable and affordable option.
Our currency in South Africa is the South African Rand. You can easily convert your currency to rand at a bank or Forex Bureau, the airports and larger towns often have many different Forex options. You can also withdraw from an ATM, banks are available throughout South Africa. Be sure to check what international bank charges you will incur for withdrawals before you arrive. Major credit cards are usually accepted in hotels or restaurants, however, there may be a surcharge. It is advisable to have small amounts of cash for curios and tipping.