6 hotspots along the garden route in South Africa

Wall painting of Nelson Mandela in Cape town - 6 hotspots along the garden route in South Africa

Whether South Africa is already on top of your bucket list (we know, overused term…) or not, it is without a doubt one of the countries worth ranking high on your list. There are at least 6 hotspots along the garden route in South Africa that are definitely worth a visit.

We traveled along the Garden Route to be continually amazed by all the beauty South Africa has to offer. The Coastal line has so many hidden secrets, the inlands filled with nature and tradition, and Cape Town is just a jewel that may not be missed. Oh, and did we mention the a-ma-zing wine already? We can imagine it’s definitely hard to pick the places you want to visit, basically because we’ve been there too….. We’ve selected our 6 hotspots along the garden route in South Africa:

Cape Town

Downtown Cape Town – Just walk around the city, be amazed by the different architecture, smells, arts and friendly people you meet everywhere. There’s a big chance you’ll be saying HI and smile to strangers a lot.

Old Biscuit Mill – This old mill is transformed into a fancy but authentic gathering of concept stores. You’ll find many local entrepreneurs selling products that range from clothing to food to art. One of the best restaurants of Cape Town, The Potluck Club, is located here. The whole neighborhood is worth a stroll, as there are many inspiring concept stores to be found.

Dapper – Ever had the opportunity to drink the best cup of coffee around beautiful and unique old-timers? The owners of Dapper in Cape Town are offering you this awesome experience. And yes, definitely go there if you’re in for breakfast or lunch as well.

Lions Head – You basically can’t visit Cape Town without climbing Lions Head. It’s an amazing (1.5 hr) hike that gives you a magnificent view of the city, Table Mountain and of Camps Bay. According to many locals, Lions Head’s view is even more spectacular than Table Mountain’s.

Plant – If you’re into some of the best vegan food you ever had, make sure to visit Plant. The smoked burger is without-a-doubt the best we’ve ever had. And the positive energy makes you want to come back just about every day (so that’s what we did ;-)).

Cape Town – hotspots along the garden route

blue wall painting of Mandela in Cape Town

amazing view on Table Mountain from Lions Head in Cape Town




Spier – One of the fanciest, well-known and a little touristic winery in Stellenbosch, but definitely recommended to visit around lunch time. Spier has an impressive property where you can walk through the vineyards, do wine tastings and have wine chocolate pairings. At the cute bakery ‘Eight to Go Deli’ where you can pick-up your all you need for a romantic picnic in the garden of Spier winery. The rosé wine is our absolute favorite ;-).

Simonsig – When you’re in Stellenbosch, another winery not to be missed is Simonsig. It’s where the first Vonkelwijn has been produced, and where the staff is simply-the-best…


Vineyards in Stellenbosch – hotspots along the garden route

entry road to Simonsig surrounded by trees

Spier vineyard near Stellenbosch bathing in the sun

a romantic picnic in the garden of Spier winery



petting an orphan giraf in Oudtshoorn South Africagiraffe biting his back

Oudtshoorn is a small village where nature is completely different than the coastal line. Dry, rough and outstretched. Oudtshoorn is famous for her Ostrich farms, where many will stop by to take a ride on an Ostrich. We decided to skip that because we completely fell in love with two orphans giraffes at Chandelier.


One of the well-known hotspots along the garden route in South Africa is Knysna. This village is definitely worth a visit – or sleep-over. The town is surrounded by beautiful nature, national parks and beaches. In particular, the township is Knysna is very impressive and an excellent opportunity to dive into South Africa’s history, ancient traditions and see some of rougher sides of SA, where people are very friendly and welcoming.

When you’re heading to Knysna, make sure you’re not skipping Wilderness!

Township visit in Knysna – hotspots along the garden route

great view of Knysna lagoon along the garden route in South Africa

few houses in the Knysna township along the garden route

three boys from the Knysna township along the garden route


women enjoying view of beautiful beach at Jeffreys bayJeffreys Bay

An absolute must-visit if you’re into surfing. This vibrant surf village has great waves, beautiful beaches, and some very good restaurants.

INFOOD – we had lunch at INFOOD which is worth recommending.


East London

One of the hotspots along the garden route in South Africa that is less famous: East London. East London is part of the Eastern Cape, offers you the opportunity to meet a different South African culture and atmosphere. Life here is even more down to earth, simple and peaceful. It’s an area with many rural villages where you can experience some very ancient traditions.

group hug with kids from rural village near East London




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