Best National Parks along the Garden Route in South Africa

South Africa is beautiful and diverse. Roadtripping along the garden route while searching for the definition of happiness in South Africa is amazing. Wine tastings, surfing, townships, and wildlife…the garden route has it all. But South Africa is probably most famous for its beautiful National Parks. Especially game reserves are the highlights of many trips. These are the three best National Parks along the Garden Route, that are definitely worth visiting.


Best National Parks along the Garden Route

Garden Route National Park

The national park consists of three separate parks, all unique and worth a hike. The three parks are all located along the Garden Route. Hikes typically start from 1 hr but for the die-hards some parks have hikes of 7-10 hrs!

The bridge – a gangway of 77 meters – over the Storms River in the Tsitsikamma section is amongst the longest ones in the world.

 

Garden Route National Park – Best National Parks along the Garden Route

Stormsriver Mouth suspension bridge in Garden Route National Park - Best National Parks along the Garden Route

wild waves at beach in Garden Route National Park - Best National Parks along the Garden Route

 


Addo Elephant Park

A visit to South Africa isn’t complete without a safari. We’ve spend two days in Addo, where the big five can be spotted. The roads in the park are good, and a stay-over in one of their camps is a unique experience. If you’re in for a guided tour to visit some the off beaten tracks in the park, take the sundowner or evening tour – less hot and the best time to spot the big five. This is one of the best National Parks along the Garden Route … but why choose!

Addo Elephant Park – Best National Parks along the Garden Route

zebra's, elephants and buffaloes in Addo Elephant Park

One adult and two young elephants bathing in Addo Elephant Park

lonely zebra in Addo Elephant park - Best National Parks along the Garden Route

wildebeast in addo elephant park


Valley of Desolation

Another national park that offers you views you can’t even capture on picture. Especially the sundown is breath taking. Besides the valley, the park has a game reserve as well, where many Wildebeests (the beast of Beauty & the Beast!!) can be spotted!

The park is located near a village called Graaff Reinet. This is one of the oldest villages in South Africa and makes you feel like you’ve travelled back to the 70’s. Highly recommended, especially a stay at Beau&I!!

Valley of Desolation – Best National Parks along the Garden Route

roadsign in Valley of Desolation national park

amazing view of Valley of Desolation national park

sunset at Valley of Desolation national park

night falls over Valley of Desolation national park

 

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