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Robberg Nature Reserve (Plettenberg Bay, South Africa)
Ranked #1 of 91 attractions in Garden Route
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Magic Moments in Oudtshoorn (Oudtshoorn, South Africa)
Ranked #2 of 91 attractions in Garden Route
Category: Dinner Theaters
Owner description: An unforgettable evening of live music and traditional South African food in the intimate setting of the home of the... more » Owner description: An unforgettable evening of live music and traditional South African food in the intimate setting of the home of the performers. « less
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Swartberg Pass (Oudtshoorn, South Africa)
Ranked #3 of 91 attractions in Garden Route
Category: Scenic Drives
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Knysna Heads (Knysna, South Africa)
Ranked #4 of 91 attractions in Garden Route
Category: Geologic Formations
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Radical Raptors (Plettenberg Bay, South Africa)
Ranked #5 of 91 attractions in Garden Route
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Owner description: RADICAL RAPTORS is a rehabilitation centre that aims at community awareness, and the rescue, rehabilitation and release of... more » Owner description: RADICAL RAPTORS is a rehabilitation centre that aims at community awareness, and the rescue, rehabilitation and release of birds of prey. Flying displays: a variety of trained non-releasable birds of prey are free flown around and to you as an opportunity for you to spectate, participate and photograph these magnificent birds in natural surroundings.Show Times: 11am, 1pm, 3pm Closed Mondays except public and school holidays « less
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Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre (The Crags, South Africa)
Ranked #6 of 91 attractions in Garden Route
Category: Tours; Educational Sites; Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Owner description: Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre offers your guests the opportunity for a close, safe, inter-active encounter with all of... more » Owner description: Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre offers your guests the opportunity for a close, safe, inter-active encounter with all of the lesser cats of South Africa, as well as Cheetah and Leopard. We guarantee sightings of African Wild Cat, Blackfooted Cat, Serval, Caracal, Cheetah and Leopard. The Tenikwa encounter is a great follow-on to a game reserve / safari experience; from viewing the cats at a distance to the opportunity to study these beautiful animals at close quarters. Tenikwa also has a Meerkat Meander where visitors can see Meerkats and Tortoises and there is also a variety of indigenous waterfowl, Blue Cranes and Marabou Storks to delight bird watchers. Tenikwa supports the upliftment of local communities through Eco tourism and is environmentally responsible. Entrance fees fund Tenikwa's NPO Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release Programme. Open 365 days a year. Amenities include a Tea Garden for light meals, Parking, Wheel-chair Friendly, Mothers Corner « less
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Birds of Eden (The Crags, South Africa)
Ranked #7 of 91 attractions in Garden Route
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Owner description: Birds of Eden in South Africa is the largest single dome free-flight aviary in the World. This forested sanctuary is home to... more » Owner description: Birds of Eden in South Africa is the largest single dome free-flight aviary in the World. This forested sanctuary is home to over 3,000 birds of around 220 species. Birds of Eden is situated in The Crags 16km East of Plettenberg Bay (next to Monkeyland in South Africa) off the N2. « less
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Black Horse Trails (Wilderness, South Africa)
Ranked #8 of 91 attractions in Garden Route
Category: Horseback Riding Stables
Owner description: At the base of the majestic Outeniqua mountains in the Wilderness, lies our little charming horse ranch, Black Horse Trails.... more » Owner description: At the base of the majestic Outeniqua mountains in the Wilderness, lies our little charming horse ranch, Black Horse Trails. We are a relaxed and friendly bunch with whom you can enjoy a precious few hours of your holiday time, in a true animal crazy environment.The beautiful Friesian horse is our breed of choice for our trail riding due to their friendly, easy going temperaments and good manners.We have suitable steeds for any level of experience you may or may not have on a horses back, everyone is welcome! « less
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Knysna Elephant Park (Knysna, South Africa)
Ranked #9 of 91 attractions in Garden Route
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Zoos
Owner description: Founded in 1994, The Knysna Elephant Park was the first facility in South Africa to house and care for orphaned African... more » Owner description: Founded in 1994, The Knysna Elephant Park was the first facility in South Africa to house and care for orphaned African elephants. The first orphaned calves (from a culling operation in the Kruger National Park) named Harry and Sally, after the famous movie of the time, remain part of the KEP family today: Harry as the dominant bull and Sally as the matriarch of the herd. Since 1994, we have cared for and raised more than thirty elephants. These animals include relocated animals, orphaned calves, elephants rescued from culls and ex-circus animals. Some have become part of the KEP herd, others have moved onto other reserves and facilities in the Western and Eastern Cape, taking in to cognizance their personalities, bonds with other animals and welfare needs. The present KEP herd numbers nine - the largest domesticated matriarchal herd in the country. Your elephant encounter begins starts in our Interpretation Centre where you are introduced to our elephants, through beautiful photographic and informative displays. Here you can also book an elephant-back ride, a sunrise walk with the elephants or special exclusive sundowner tour. A short video presentation gives you further insight into the Park and its elephant-orientated missions and goals, before you enter the Park to meet the elephants. Our facilities are world class and our style of management ensures that our elephants interact with guests on their own terms. Within this habitat, we call a "controlled, free-range" environment, our daily tours offer guests the opportunity to get up close and personal with our elephants; but still gives the elephants to some freedom and choice. Guests may remain with the elephants as long as they wish, before being transported back to the Restaurant and Curio Shop. A Photography Department is also available for guests to purchase personalized photos and DVD's of their Extraordinary Elephant Encounter - making your memories last a lifetime! Our newly refurbished night quarters consist of a large covered elephant boma, which leads into an outdoor fenced camp. For an animal that can eat for up to 18 hours a day, this arrangement allows our elephants to exhibit a large variety of behaviours during the night. They are able to choose where they want to sleep - indoors or outdoors; who they want to interact with, as well as where and what they want to eat. This again contributes to one of the highest quality captive elephant management styles in South Africa. Our elephant boma and night camp are viewed from above by our Elephant Lodge guests, another first for South Africa...nowhere else in the country can you 'sleep' with elephants The need for research was recognized by The Knysna Elephant Park who then created the African Elephant Research Unit (AERU, est. 2009), aimed at improving the management and welfare of captive elephants throughout South Africa. Visitors to the park are privileged to have a close-up and personal encounter with these gentle giants, and leave having gained a healthy respect for these wonderful animals, as well as a better understanding of the African elephant and their plight across the continent. EXTRAORDINARY ENCOUNTERS - BE TOUCHED BY AN ELEPHANT « less
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Ranked #10 of 91 attractions in Garden Route
Category: National Parks
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Simola Golf (Knysna, South Africa)
Ranked #11 of 91 attractions in Garden Route
Category: Golf Courses
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The Cango Caves (Oudtshoorn, South Africa)
Ranked #12 of 91 attractions in Garden Route
Category: Caverns/ Caves
Owner description: Though damaged through shortsighted tourism schemes in the 1960s, these caves are still worth a visit for their eerie dark... more » Owner description: Though damaged through shortsighted tourism schemes in the 1960s, these caves are still worth a visit for their eerie dark tunnels and stunning limestone formations. « less
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Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary (The Crags, South Africa)
Ranked #13 of 91 attractions in Garden Route
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Owner description: Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary in South Africa is the World’s first free-roaming, multi-species primate sanctuary. Experienced... more » Owner description: Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary in South Africa is the World’s first free-roaming, multi-species primate sanctuary. Experienced rangers guide one-hour tours through Monkeyland’s indigenous forest in English, Afrikaans, German, Italian, French, Italian and Spanish. More than 450 primates free-roam the Monkeyland’s forest. The sanctuary is situated 16km East of Plettenberg Bay off the N2. « less
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Lawnwood Snake Park (Plettenberg Bay, South Africa)
Ranked #14 of 91 attractions in Garden Route
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Cango Wildlife Ranch (Oudtshoorn, South Africa)
Ranked #15 of 91 attractions in Garden Route
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Owner description: Cango Wildlife Ranch is internationally recognised as one of South Africa’s premier tourism attractions. Conveniently... more » Owner description: Cango Wildlife Ranch is internationally recognised as one of South Africa’s premier tourism attractions. Conveniently situated en route to the Cango Caves near Oudtshoorn, the Ranch offers visitors a huge variety of awe-inspiring activities at one location for a value-packed price – suitable for the whole family and open 365 days a year! In addition to our wonderful animal encounter programs, where you can stroke a cheetah and touch a tiger, the Ranch also offers two Firsts: Lemur Falls – the first interactive Lemur experience in Africa! - and Crocodile Cage Diving - a World First - where you can test your mettle against the dangerous gaze of a Nile Crocodile via a steel cage lowered into their watery domain! As a PAAZAB(African Association of Zoos and Aquaria) accredited facility, a proud member of WAZA(World Association of Zoos and Aquariums), and a multiple winner of TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence, Cango Wildlife Ranch remains a unique world-class facility which strives to provide conservation through education by means of various conservation projects, initiatives and informative guided tours! A significant percentage of all proceeds go straight back into our conservation initiatives providing you with ethical and unforgettable fun and memories. For unlimited adventure for the whole family – visit Cango Wildlife Ranch! « less
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Buffalo Bay (Knysna, South Africa)
Ranked #16 of 91 attractions in Garden Route
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Beaches
Category: Beaches
Owner description: Buffalo Bay is a family beach with safe swimming and great surfing conditions. It is also ideal for walking (all the way to... more » Owner description: Buffalo Bay is a family beach with safe swimming and great surfing conditions. It is also ideal for walking (all the way to Brenton on Sea) and fishing. « less
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Featherbed Nature Reserve (Knysna, South Africa)
Ranked #17 of 91 attractions in Garden Route
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Owner description: Featherbed is a privately-owned, registered Nature Reserve and a South African Heritage Site, No.59. It is a pristine piece... more » Owner description: 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.In order to protect the splendour of the natural beauty, access to the Reserve is controlled. Numbers are limited and visits are only permitted in the company of the Reserve's specialist guides. « less
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Outeniqua Transport Museum (Knysna, South Africa)
Ranked #18 of 91 attractions in Garden Route
Category: Specialty Museums
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Knysna Lagoon (Knysna, South Africa)
Ranked #19 of 91 attractions in Garden Route
Category: Bodies of Water
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Brenton on Sea (Knysna, South Africa)
Ranked #20 of 91 attractions in Garden Route
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Beaches
Category: Beaches
Owner description: Brenton-on-Sea is great for walking and sunbathing and is popular with paragliders. A big rock formation, castle Rock, is a... more » Owner description: Brenton-on-Sea is great for walking and sunbathing and is popular with paragliders. A big rock formation, castle Rock, is a favourite fishing spot for locals. Swimming is dangerous because of rip currents. « less
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Acrobranch Wildwoods (Wilderness, South Africa)
Ranked #21 of 91 attractions in Garden Route
Category: Sports Complexes
Owner description: Exhilarating, Fun & Safe! WildWoods Tree Adventures consists of 2 Kids courses and 3 Adult courses with 74 aerial platforms... more » Owner description: Exhilarating, Fun & Safe! WildWoods Tree Adventures consists of 2 Kids courses and 3 Adult courses with 74 aerial platforms connected by zip lines, bridges, tarzan swings and obstacles.It is a first for the Garden Route with over 3,8km of cabling used to create this unique outdoor adventure park. The different courses and a perfect balance between activity and fun make it suitable for families as well as the adrenaline enthusiast. « less
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Garden Route Trail (Wilderness, South Africa)
Ranked #22 of 91 attractions in Garden Route
Category: Trails
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Perdepoort Horse Tails (Wilderness, South Africa)
Ranked #23 of 91 attractions in Garden Route
Category: Equestrian Trails
Owner description: PERDEPOORT HORSE TRAILS. Situated in Wilderness heights, 6km from the village, Perdepoort Horse Trails offer rides on a... more » Owner description: PERDEPOORT HORSE TRAILS. Situated in Wilderness heights, 6km from the village, Perdepoort Horse Trails offer rides on a beautiful 65ha private farm. The trail takes you through the indigenous forest were one passes a giant 400-year-old yellowwood tree watching over the forest. Our horses are the best! Children and novice riders are safe and the more experienced riders can have lots of fun trotting and cantering! Bookings are essential and rides go out at 10:00 and 15:00 every day, weather permitting. « less
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Wilderness National Park (Wilderness, South Africa)
Ranked #24 of 91 attractions in Garden Route
Category: National Parks
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Pinnacle Point Beach and Golf Resort (Mossel Bay, South Africa)
Ranked #25 of 91 attractions in Garden Route
Category: Golf Courses
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Safari Ostrich Show Farm (Oudtshoorn, South Africa)
Ranked #26 of 91 attractions in Garden Route
Category: Farms
Owner description: Safari Ostrich Farm, established in 1956, welcomes you to the ostrich capitol of the world -Oudtshoorn. Our knowledgeable... more » Owner description: Safari Ostrich Farm, established in 1956, welcomes you to the ostrich capitol of the world -Oudtshoorn. Our knowledgeable guides will lead you through all aspects of ostrich farming at Safari, where you will be able to see large numbers of these unique and ancient birds. Safari Ostrich Show Farm, is the first show farm in South Africa where the Kenyan Red and Zimbabwe Blue ostriches as well as the local South African breed can be viewed. Experience our fun-filled and interesting guided tour and we will ensure your visit will be an unforgettable one. « less
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Pezula Championship Course (Knysna, South Africa)
Ranked #27 of 91 attractions in Garden Route
Category: Golf Courses
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Drupkelders Hiking Trail (Knysna, South Africa)
Ranked #28 of 91 attractions in Garden Route
Category: Hiking Trails
Owner description: Relatively short walk, only 3.6km. The hills and descents are very steep. Be sure to take your camera and eats because when... more » Owner description: Relatively short walk, only 3.6km. The hills and descents are very steep. Be sure to take your camera and eats because when you reach the Homtini River the rewards are satisfying and you will want to spend some time there. The waters of the river are very refreshing and is a great idea to take your swim wear for a dip in the summer. « less
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Plett Puzzle Park (Plettenberg Bay, South Africa)
Ranked #29 of 91 attractions in Garden Route
Category: Parks
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Garden of Eden (Knysna, South Africa)
Ranked #30 of 91 attractions in Garden Route
Category: Hiking Trails
Owner description: The walk follows over 1km of wooden board walks and bridges across streams and is entirely wheelchair friendly and ideal for... more » Owner description: The walk follows over 1km of wooden board walks and bridges across streams and is entirely wheelchair friendly and ideal for the elderly wanting to visit the forest. There is a number of wooden benches and tables along the trail to sit, snack, picnic or enjoy your 'padkos'. Water and ablution facilities. « less
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