The Garden Route is a stretch of coast from Mossel Bay to the mouth of the Storms River, sandwiched between the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma Mountains and the Indian Ocean. The mild climate makes the Garden Route the perfect year round destination and there is an endless variety of activities to suit every type of traveller. If you are looking for an adventure, the Garden Route is the ultimate adventure destination. We have picked out some of our favourite activities on offer to help you plan your Garden Route adventure.
Bungee Jump at Bloukrans River Bridge – Face Adrenalin
Stop over at the Bloukrans River Bridge at Face Adrenalin where you are guaranteed the thrill of a lifetime on the highest commercial bungee jump in the world! Situated at the Tsitsikamma Forest Village Market, just 40km east of Plettenberg Bay, the view from Africa’s highest bridge captures the beauty and tranquillity of the Bloukrans River Valley. That will be your view as you throw yourself more than 200 metres down towards the valley below! But, don’t let that alarm you. Face Adrenalin uses pendulum bungee technology to ensure the smoothest and most comfortable bungee jump possible and all jumpers are secured in a full-body harness combined with an ankle connection. Face Adrenalin boasts a flawless, 100% safety record so all jumpers are in safe hands. If high adrenalin isn’t your thing, they also offer bungee tours accompanying the jumpers to the bridge so that you can check out the action up close as well as walking tours across the Bloukrans Bridge.
Or if you prefer, just sit back, relax, perhaps grab a beer and a bite to eat and watch the jumpers on the big screen in the Cliffhanger Bar and Restaurant.
For more information visit: www.faceadrenalin.com
or Call: 042 281 1458
Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours – Stormsriver Adventures
Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours is a fun and informative 2.5 hour ‘foofie’ slide through the Tsitsikamma Forest. Run by eco-tourism company, Stormsriver Adventures, you are guaranteed to have a forest experience you will never forget! You can expect to see the breathtaking indigenous forest as you glide between 10 platforms up to 30 metres above the forest floor. Your guides are present throughout the tour and will share interesting facts about the forest at each platform. From Ages 7 and up, the Tours depart every half an hour and advance bookings are essential. Stormsriver Adventures provide tours in all weather conditions and the tour includes a certificate on completion of your canopy tour.
For more information visit: www.stormsriver.com
Or Call: 042 281 1836
Blackwater Tubing – Tsitsikamma Forest
Blackwater Tubing is the sport of riding through caves and gorges on a large rubber tube.
Picture yourself on a unique water adventure moving through an untouched gorge that the average tourist does not even know exists. Tubing in the Garden Route takes place at an indigenous forest section of the Tsitsikamma National Park. Some sections are fast flowing adding to the adrenaline rush while the quiet sections give you time to contemplate the beauty of the Storms River gorge. Blackwater Tubing is the ultimate aqua adventure! It is a unique 5 hour, fun-filled adventure of river tubing, scenic kloofing, rock jumping, swimming and loads of laughter while you experience the breathtaking unspoilt beauty of the Storms River Gorge and Plaatbos Nature Reserve.
For more information visit: www.blackwatertubing.net
or Call: 042 281 1757
Zip Line Adventure
A Zip Line Adventure in the Garden Route involves being strapped into a harness, clipped into a pulley and letting yourself go off the platform. From here on you are propelled only by gravity as you glide along tree tops and waterfalls and soar above gorges.
You can view three waterfalls from a bird’s eye view while zip-lining back and forth across the Kruis River. This is done in a full body harness fitted with a patented braking system to ensure a soft landing at the end of every slide. There are eight slides – the average length is 100 metres and the longest is 211 metres.
It takes a group of 10 about 90 minutes to complete the tour and 2 people about 45 minutes.
Kids from the age of 3 can participate in zip-lining so it is the ideal family adventure that you can enjoy with the kids. Zipline Tours are open every day beween 8am and 4pm.
For more information visit: www.ziplinetour.co.za
or Call: 082 383 9744
Swim with the Seals – Plettenberg Bay
Enjoy a boat ride aboard the Robberg Express to the seal colony of around 4000 Fur Seals located at Robberg Peninsula in the Robberg Marine Reserve. From there you can jump into the water (with a qualified divemaster of course) and swim among the playful South African Fur Seals and enjoy 30 minutes of unlimited fun. Don’t worry about sharks as the area around the colony is very shallow, the boat always stays close and they make use of shark shields, a device that gives off electronic impulses in the water and which sharks are extremely sensitive to. All equipment is supplied and no experience is needed. Another great family adventure as kids from the age of 6 are allowed to swim with the seals. The tour takes approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes and tours go out daily and booking is essential.
For more information visit: www.offshoreadventures.co.za
or Call: 082 829 0809
Go on a Cheetah walk – Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre – Plettenberg Bay
The Cheetah Walk & Wild Cat Combo is a popular program which combines a cheetah walk and guided tour of the Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre to see the indigenous cats of South Africa and other endangered wildlife at the centre.
Join the cheetahs for a cheetah walk either in the morning or afternoon through Cape Floral Fynbos and wooded Tsitsikamma Indigenous Forest. The walk forms part of their daily enrichment program. Only a few guests each day are privileged to join the cheetahs for this special time.
During the second part of the program, visit each of the indigenous cats of South Africa where you will learn interesting facts about each species and what is contributing to their decline in the wild. You will also gain an insight into their Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre.
The program includes a beverage and light refreshments.
The time of the Cheetah Walks coincides with the naturally active time of the cheetahs and is typical of natural behaviour in the wild. No person under the age of 16 or under 1.5 metres will be allowed to join the walk.
For more information visit: www.tenikwa.com
Or Call: 044 534 8170