In the heart of the picturesque Klein Karoo lies the expansive Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, a haven for Africa’s Big 5 game and much more. Guests will be accommodated in secluded luxury safari lodges in exquisite settings. They can enjoy early morning and late afternoon game-watching from open-vehicles with the chance to see rare white lions, San rock art expeditions, classic Karoo high teas and relaxing around their own private plunge pools.
Set in the heart of the Garden Route, Tsala is a hideaway among the trees for guests who appreciate exclusivity, romance and adventure. Perched above a lush, whispering forest that stretches for kilometres over rolling hills and valleys, Tsala offers a sanctuary from the stresses of modern life. The elaborate afro-baroque décor is inspired by the diverse cultures of Africa, incorporating all the luxuries you’d expect from a Hunter Hotels property including private infinity pools in all suites and villas. From a hidden wine cellar to fine dining high above the forest floor, Tsala also offers an array of exceptional dining experiences. The fine fare combined with excellent personal service makes for a fantastic get-away destination.
We offer a carefully prepared portfolio of wonderful gifting ideas that include many high quality items that are created by local enterprise development projects. By selecting pillow, prize and function gifts that make a difference, every incentive group that travels The Garden Route can easily contribute to the improvement of disadvantaged people’s lives.
A Prime Holiday Destination – The Garden Route is a 300 kilometre (186 mile) stretch of the southern-most Cape coast that traverses the Western and Eastern Cape Provinces between the cities of Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. It is so named for its natural bounty and beauty. Verdant indigenous forest, secluded lagoons and stunning beaches, rugged crags and striking gorges covered in aloes and fynbos, picturesque farmland patchworks and towering mountain peaks create a stunning backdrop for an incredible range of holiday and leisure activities.
Nature Highlights – The Garden Route National Park is a mosaic of ecosystems that incorporates the Tsitsikamma National Park, as well as protected areas of mountain catchments and coastlines, lakes and lagoons, fynbos and forests from Wilderness through to Knysna. Ten nature reserves of unrivalled natural beauty lie within the Garden Route belt, providing access to some of the world’s most stunning landscapes. Many include unique marine reserves that attract breeding Southern Right Whales and dolphins. Wildlife sanctuaries abound for those interested in big game, elephants, birds, monkeys, snakes and even wolves.
Holiday Towns and Activities – Popular holiday towns with pastoral outskirts are dotted along the Garden Route, and they add much charm and interest to this region. Oudtshoorn, George, Wilderness, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay offer a plethora of activities and attractions. Visitors can expect excellent wineries and gourmet artisanal foods; high quality crafts and designer boutiques; farmer’s markets and antique stores; unique furniture and interior décor that utilise the marvellous indigenous woods and other natural resources of the region. It is a dream holiday for those who enjoy walking in nature, sunbathing and swimming, marine cruises and fishing, scenic drives and flights. The more active and adventurous can enjoy hiking and mountain-biking, abseiling and bungee jumping, as well as shark diving.
Seasons, Weather and When to Visit – The Garden Route is a fantastic all-year round destination as it enjoys one of the mildest climates in South Africa. It is subject to rainfall all year round, has a Mediterranean climate and is somewhat wetter and greener from May to August. Temperatures average 25°C in summer months, and daily highs in winter average 20°C. In winter, lows rarely fall below 10°C. The Garden Route is one of the favourite holiday destinations for South Africans, and the school holiday periods, especially in the summer, are mostly busy. Many overseas travellers enjoy this warm holiday vibe and appreciate the extra attractions that are laid on during the local holidays. Each season has its own highlights and charms. Hot summer days see sun worshippers out on the sparkling beaches; while winter is quieter, and the cooler days are great for hiking and exploring.
Malaria-Free – The Garden Route is a malaria-free area.
Stretching along the southern coast of South Africa, spanning the cities of Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, is the spectacular Garden Route. Offering a stunning incentive group experience with a difference, the Garden Route is best enjoyed as an incredible road trip in chartered luxury coaches. The Garden Route is so-named for the exceptional beauty of its diverse landscapes. It takes in the evocativeness of the semi-arid Klein Karoo, the rugged blue-tinged mountain ranges, verdant coastal forests, sparkling lagoons, lush gorges, hidden coves as well as long stretches of golden, sandy Indian Ocean beaches.
Many of South Africa’s most popular holiday towns are dotted along the Garden Route making frequent leisurely sightseeing stops and quality stay-overs possible in scenic and fascinating places. There’s a wide range of activities and adventures on offer; from wine-tasting to whale-watching, from adrenalin-charged escapades to golfing on championship courses, from marine cruises and fishing to breath-taking forest and mountain walks. Guests can enjoy gourmet foods and the best South African wines, excellent accommodation and interesting shopping.