Looking for the best places to visit along South Africa’s Garden Route? Whether you’re after surf spots or animal sightings, we’ve picked the top places to go in South Africa. Get ready for a trip to remember!

Cape Town 

Cape Town is an essential stop for all backpackers visiting South Africa. Hike up Table Mountain, visit the infamous prison on Robbin Island, go cage diving with Great White sharks or dance ’til dawn on Long Street. Whatever you fancy, Cape Town is a great place to start your trip.

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Oudtshoorn

Oudtshoorn is often overlooked by travellers as it’s slightly off the beaten track. However it’s easily accessible by car and the Baz Bus organises transfers from George. Watch meerkats wake up in the wild and explore the jaw-dropping Cango Caves.

Nature’s Valley

Get ready for breathtaking views, fabulous hiking trails and one of the prettiest hostels we’ve seen in South Africa. Trust us, this place is likely to capture your heart so get ready to extend your stay.

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Victoria Bay

Victoria Bay (pictured above)is a heaven for nature lovers. Whether you want to hit the surf, try your hand at fishing or camp up on the clifftops, this little cove is well worth a visit.

Knysna

Think crashing waves, rugged cliffs and endless reams of blue sky. Hike up to The Heads, take a sunset boat cruise or stroll down to the harbour. If you’re lucky you might even see a whale!

Jeffreys Bay

If surfing’s your thing (and you’re not afraid of sharks) then you can’t miss Jeffreys Bay! The supertubes are legendary, the surf schools are intense and the atmosphere couldn’t get more laid back. Try and get there for the Billabong Surf Competition held every July.

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Port Elizabeth

Okay, so there’s not a great deal to see here BUT it’s the place to book cheap safaris to Scotchia Game Reserve and Addo Elephant Park (pictured above). This was the absolute highlight on my trip and I highly recommend!

Coffee Bay

The Wild Coast throws up all sorts of gems and Coffee Bay is one you can’t miss. Hike to the Hole in the Wall, grab a 2-hour surf lesson or enjoy sundowners on the cliffs. Need somewhere to stay? We have two words for you: Coffee Shack.

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