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Robberg Nature Reserve (Plettenberg Bay, South Africa)
Ranked #1 of 68 attractions in Garden Route
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Outdoors
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Swartberg Pass (Oudtshoorn, South Africa)
Ranked #2 of 68 attractions in Garden Route
Category: Scenic Drives; Outdoors
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Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre (The Crags, South Africa)
Ranked #3 of 68 attractions in Garden Route
Category: Educational Sites; Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Tours; Outdoors
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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Knysna Heads (Knysna, South Africa)
Ranked #4 of 68 attractions in Garden Route
Category: Geologic Formations; Outdoors
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Lawnwood Snake Park (Plettenberg Bay, South Africa)
Ranked #5 of 68 attractions in Garden Route
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Outdoors
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Birds of Eden (The Crags, South Africa)
Ranked #6 of 68 attractions in Garden Route
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Outdoors
Owner description: Birds of Eden is part of the South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance (SAASA). SAASA is the current Award Winners of 4 of the... more » Owner description: Birds of Eden is part of the South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance (SAASA). SAASA is the current Award Winners of 4 of the most prestiges awards in Tourism in the World: • Lilizela Service Excellence Tourism Awards - best Visitors Experience • Skal International Sustainable Tourism Awards - best major Attraction • World Responsible Tourism Awards - Gold-best Animal Welfare Initiative • World Responsible Tourism Awards - Overall Winner Birds of Eden is the largest single-dome free flight aviary in the world, spanning 2.3 hectares of natural forests, streams and dams. With over a kilometre of walkways, visitors can experience the thrill of spotting almost 3500 previously captive birds of over 200 different species flying free and living natural lives. The scenery alone warrants a visit with hundreds of different plant and tree species plus there are giant fruit bats, golden-handed tamarins and the smallest of the antelopes, Blue duikers. Visits to Birds of Eden are self-guided and you are free to wander for as long as you wish at your own pace. Guided tours for group bookings can also be arranged on request. « less
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Radical Raptors (Plettenberg Bay, South Africa)
Ranked #7 of 68 attractions in Garden Route
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Zoos/Aquariums
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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Knysna Elephant Park (Knysna, South Africa)
Ranked #8 of 68 attractions in Garden Route
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Zoos/Aquariums
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 #9 of 68 attractions in Garden Route
Category: National Parks; Outdoors
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Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary (The Crags, South Africa)
Ranked #10 of 68 attractions in Garden Route
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Zoos/Aquariums
Owner description: Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary is part of the South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance (SAASA). SAASA are the current award... more » Owner description: Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary is part of the South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance (SAASA). SAASA are the current award winners of the top accolades bestowed on tourism establishments in the world -> • Lilizela Service Excellence Tourism Awards - best Visitors Experience • Skal International Sustainable Tourism Awards - best major Attraction • World Responsible Tourism Awards - Gold-best Animal Welfare Initiative • World Responsible Tourism Awards - Overall Winner Monkeyland first opened its gates to the public in 1998 amidst much skepticism, a sanctuary of this kind had never been attempted before; multiple primate species all running free and together in one big forest. But despite the fears it was a huge success and the world's first multi-species, free roaming primate sanctuary has set a standard that other sanctuaries now aspire to. 12 hectares of indigenous forest is home to over 500 primates of 11 different species; Squirrel, Capuchin, Howler, Vervet and Spider monkeys, Hanuman and Spectacled Langur, Saki, Gibbon, Ring-tailed and Black-and-white Ruffed Lemurs all enjoy the freedom to climb trees, forage amongst the undergrowth and live a life that is far removed from where they came. Ex-pets, laboratory animals and surpluses from zoos that used to live in cages now have the opportunity to behave in a way that is natural to them. Our experienced rangers will guide you on a one-hour tour of the forest, pointing out the different species whilst offering a wealth of information on their ecology and conservation. An added attraction is the 128m long suspension bridge that stretches across the forest canopy offering magnificent views of the surrounding forests. « less
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The Cango Caves (Oudtshoorn, South Africa)
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$452* and up
Ranked #11 of 68 attractions in Garden Route
Category: Caverns/ Caves; Outdoors
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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Cango Wildlife Ranch (Oudtshoorn, South Africa)
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$567* and up
Ranked #12 of 68 attractions in Garden Route
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Outdoors
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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Knysna Lagoon (Knysna, South Africa)
Ranked #13 of 68 attractions in Garden Route
Category: Bodies of Water; Outdoors
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Buffalo Bay (Knysna, South Africa)
Ranked #14 of 68 attractions in Garden Route
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Beaches
Category: Beaches; Outdoors
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 #15 of 68 attractions in Garden Route
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Outdoors
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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Garden Route Trail (Wilderness, South Africa)
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$452* and up
Ranked #16 of 68 attractions in Garden Route
Category: Trails; Outdoors
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Wilderness National Park (Wilderness, South Africa)
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$452* and up
Ranked #17 of 68 attractions in Garden Route
Category: National Parks; Outdoors
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Brenton on Sea (Knysna, South Africa)
Ranked #18 of 68 attractions in Garden Route
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Beaches
Category: Beaches; Outdoors
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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Safari Ostrich Show Farm (Oudtshoorn, South Africa)
Ranked #19 of 68 attractions in Garden Route
Category: Farms; Outdoors
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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Birds of Eden (Plettenberg Bay, South Africa)
Ranked #20 of 68 attractions in Garden Route
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Elephant Sanctuary (The Crags, South Africa)
Ranked #21 of 68 attractions in Garden Route
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Zoos/Aquariums
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Margaret's Viewpoint (Knysna, South Africa)
Ranked #22 of 68 attractions in Garden Route
Category: Lookouts; Landmarks
Owner description: On the road to Brenton on Sea, Margaret’s Viewpoint provides a majestic view of the Knysna Lagoon, Lake Brenton and Belvidere... more » Owner description: On the road to Brenton on Sea, Margaret’s Viewpoint provides a majestic view of the Knysna Lagoon, Lake Brenton and Belvidere Estate. Named after well known Knysna conservationist, Margaret Addinal, who persistently campaigned for the view point installation. « less
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Wilderness Lagoon (Wilderness, South Africa)
Ranked #23 of 68 attractions in Garden Route
Category: Bodies of Water; Outdoors
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Garden of Eden (Knysna, South Africa)
Ranked #24 of 68 attractions in Garden Route
Category: Hiking Trails; Outdoors
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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Plett Puzzle Park (Plettenberg Bay, South Africa)
Ranked #25 of 68 attractions in Garden Route
Category: Parks; Outdoors
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Outeniqua Transport Museum (George, South Africa)
Ranked #26 of 68 attractions in Garden Route
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
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Gerickes Point (Sedgefield, South Africa)
Ranked #27 of 68 attractions in Garden Route
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Outdoors
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Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve (Plettenberg Bay, South Africa)
Ranked #28 of 68 attractions in Garden Route
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Zoos/Aquariums
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Prince Alfred Pass (R339) (Knysna, South Africa)
Ranked #29 of 68 attractions in Garden Route
Owner description: Western Cape Government Transport & Public Works Flood damage repairs to Prince Alfred Pass (R339)from May 2014 to November... more » Owner description: Western Cape Government Transport & Public Works Flood damage repairs to Prince Alfred Pass (R339)from May 2014 to November 2014. Baseline Civil Contractors « less
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Victoria Bay (George, South Africa)
Ranked #30 of 68 attractions in Garden Route
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