You may have thought that travelling through the Garden Route would not be suitable for your children. Well, not exactly. Along the Garden Route, there are plenty of places to visit with your children. In this article I’ll give you examples of fun activities you can do with them.
Go wild and learn all about our amazing wildlife at a place like Monkeyland, the world’s first free-roaming primate sanctuary. Take one of the guided tours, and you’ll see more than 700 primates. Combine Monkeyland with Birds of Eden, which is home to about 220 different types of birds, and with Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, which is home to several big cats, zebras, wild dogs, raccoons and various snake species. Visit Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary, and take one of the hourly tours to see over 100 snakes and other reptiles.
To learn everything about the indigenous wild cats of South Africa, visit Tenikwa Wildlife Centre. They’re open daily and offer a selection of conservation based programs to suit all interests and budgets. During your visit you will be charmed with the sincerity of Tenikwa, the friendliness of the staff and the way in which Tenikwa’s passion for conservation shines through.
Another recommendation is to do one of the Ocean Safaris in Plettenberg Bay. Although the whale season is only from June till November, Ocean Safaris are organised all year round. The safari will start with an adrenaline beach launch with 400hp motors. You will be taken to some of the best spots along the coastline. With some luck you will spot all kinds of animals, including whales, seals, sharks, big fishes and octopuses. It is advised to book on time, as the Ocean Safaris are very popular.
Explore Plett Puzzle Park, a unique park offering interactive fun for the whole family. You can also go to Natures Valley, and explore the beach and rock pools. Enjoy one of the many activities at Keurbooms River, including angling, swimming, kayaking, boating and picnicking. Ride a horse or enjoy a horse drawn carriage tour with Hog Hollow Horse Trails. Enjoy magnificent views over mountains forests and farmlands from a classic wooden carriage.
Also make sure to visit the Elephant Sanctuary at Plettenberg Bay. Take one of the guided tours to get an interactive experience with the elephants and to see the sanctuary and stables. Tours depart hourly from 8:00am. until 3:30pm.