Wind your way through the Garden Route this school holidays with these fun activities
Why not switch-up your school holidays along the Garden Route by checking out these cool, non-school events and attractions out!
Whether you're in the mood to get crafty, see some breathtaking sights, go on adrenaline-fuelled adventures or just wish to bat your eyes in stunning caves - there is something for everyone along the Garden Route.
If you find yourself coasting somewhere along the lengthy Garden Route between 29 March and 9 April, check out some of these cool events and activities sure to keep the whole family entertained:
This event has been rocking the country for nearly 20 years and is back again between 29 March and 4 April to bring you a holiday jam packed with loads of entertainment. It is committed to showcasing the arts, culture and heritage of South Africa through the Afrikaans language and attracts folk from all over the country and world together into one, non-stop fun vibe.
So swing on by to the small Karoo town of Oudtshoorn and explore the many art galleries, watch live performances, indulge in scrumptious food and shop the curios, clothing and jewellery.
Take a free hike in the small village of Wilderness, situated approximately 15km from George, driving on the N2 highway towards Knysna, to see this iconic viewpoint.
Slither on over to the Lawnwood Snake Santuary in The Crags, Plettenberg Bay and treat your family to witness some of the most incredible reptiles. Tickets cost R160 for adults, R120 for teenagers (aged 13 - 17), and R80 for children (from 2 - 12).
Soar down the Garden Route to see magnificent birds of prey at Radical Raptors located by The Heath along the N2 in Plettenberg Bay. This sanctuary hosts flying displays, specialises in the rescue, rehabilitation and release of these birds and front an initiative against pest control poisons that harm wildlife. They also allow guests to sponsor a bird through donations. Price on request - but guests can expect to pay an average of around R100 per person for the experience.
Head with your family in tow to see the gorgeous Knysna Heads situated in, well, Knysna in Coney Glen Road. Take in these absolutely stunning vistas free of charge and look down in awe at the crashing waves that hug the dips formed between the cliff's ridges.
Bat your eyes at the glittering wonder of the Cango Caves that's cast in stone at Oudtshoorn in the Cango Valley. Marvel at the marble-like-stone set in a dripping effect from the tall cave ceilings and crawl your way through the tunnels on one of the many tours offered. This is sure to keep kids and adults feeling adventurous and like the next Ethan Hunt, Indiana Jones or Lara Croft. Charges average at around R120 per person and varies depending on your tour selection. For more information, visit the Cango Caves website.
Fly toward this bird heaven nestled in The Crags near Plettenberg Bay. This eden is enclosed in a unique two hectare (20000 square metre) dome (the world's largest) and spans over a gorge of indigenous forest. At present there are over 3,500 birds from over 220 species housed there, the main focus for the sanctuary would be African birds. Drag along the family - visits are usually self-guided, however guided walks are offered on request. Prices range between R105 to R215 per child (3 - 12 years) and R210 to R430 per adult depending on the package you book. Bookings can be done here.
Embrace your inner-missing link and chain it to wires roped in tall trees. Fly past breathtaking vistas and get your fix of adrenaline at Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours in the Tsitsikamma indigeneous rainforest in Stormsriver Village. This adrenaline pumping adventure costs R650 per person and lasts for a breathtaking (or breathholding) 3 hours as you swing from tree to tree. Bookings can be made here.
Speaking of monkeying around, why not head on over to see some actual monkeys over at Monkeyland in The Crags near Plettenberg Bay - at the same location as the Birds of Eden sanctuary. This is the world's first free roaming multi-species primate sanctuary. Its mission is to educate and foster greater understanding of our primate cousins and the threats and challenges they are facing. Adult ticket fees range between R230 and R450 and kids (3 - 12 years old) range between R115 to R225 depending on the package deal you take. Bookings can be made here.
Venture out to Robberg Nature Reserve to enjoy a family day taking in the sun and beauty of nature. Located just eight kilometres south of Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route, this spot is not only a nature reserve, but also a national monument and World Heritage Site. You might spot the rare blue duiker, the Western Cape's smallest antelope, walk alongside one of the seven climbing-falling dunes on the Cape coastline or view the highest navigational light on the South African coastline. You can expect inspiring landscapes, exciting dolphin and whale sightings in season! An overnight hut is available (at a separate charge) for those who want to spend more time on this beautiful reserve.
Entrance R40 for adults, R20 for kids.