THE GARDEN ROUTE

On a stretch of spectacular coast between Mossel bay and Port Elizabeth, lies the famously beautiful Garden Route. It is the perfect outdoor holiday destination with its abundance of well maintained dedicated nature reserves and extensive hiking trail network. We have chosen some of the very best experiences for you.

GARDEN ROUTE GUIDED TRAILS

We invite you to book a guided hike through the enigmatic forests near Knysna, relish the luxury of a guided slack packing trail along the Southern Cape coast, get breathless and backpack through the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma mountains or canoe along the pristine rivers. Whether it is high demand peak bagging or serene a meander that you are after, GoVertical Mountaineering Adventures has an outdoor adventure to suit you.

WHEN TO GO-

WHEN TO GO: ALL YEAR ROUND

Garden Route weather is temperate, slightly higher rainfall in autumn & spring, mild temperatures with many micro climates created by the coastal weather in the South and the Mountain weather in the North.

SPRING- September to Mid November; cool day temperatures (low 20’s) with crystal clear days interspersed with heavy rain falls, be prepared for 4 seasons in a day but take it as it comes because the garden route is flowering!

SUMMER- End of November to March – possibly even April, The highest day temperatures are in January & February, often in the 30’s (Celcius) warm clear nights. Driest season in the Western Cape. Excellent beach weather!

AUTUMN – April and May; fairly stable crisp weather with some rains, normally beautiful hiking weather, not too hot with day temperatures in the 20’s and a little cool in the mornings, clear night skies and the heather is flowering.

WINTER -May to end of August; Short clear days with possible snow, frosts and sub zero temperatures at night. Day temperatures may stay close to zero degrees Celsius. Nights are generally clear. August may be windy.

ON TRAIL IN THE CAPE......

The terrain varies from miles of snow white beach dipping gently into azure ocean, to dramatic coastal cliffs where waves pound against the burnt orange rock, impenetrable depths of ancient forest give way to vast areas of Fynbos – our indigenous Cape floral heritage. Our rivers here are brown, not murky, muddy brown, but tannin stained and yet crystal clear as they flow over white pebbles, you’ll have to come for a walk or a paddle to see what we mean!