The diversity of African wildlife and nature-inspired excursions along the south-east coastline goes beyond photographing the Big 5. Sanctuaries like Birds of Eden, the largest free flight aviary in the world, offers an award-wining live forest experience. At the Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, visitors are treated to the unique experience of meeting indigenous wild cats and cheetahs in an interactive family-orientated programme. Ocean safaris take visitors out into the deep blue and offer opportunities to spot whales and dolphins, depending on their migratory patterns.

A visit to Monkeyland is amongst the most popular family excursions situated along the Garden Route – one that treats visitors to an eco-tourism experience in its award-winning primate sanctuary. Another landmark on this iconic stretch is the Knysna Elephant Park with its large domesticated herd of Africa’s gentle giants, all of which have been rescued, adopted and rehomed. The Garden Route extends a warm welcome to nature-enthusiasts and guests looking to immerse themselves in natural African beauty whether on land or sea.