9 Reasons You Should Travel South Africa’s Garden Route

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1. Great White Shark Cage Dive

Kick things off in Cape Town with an adrenaline pumping cage dive with the most feared creatures of the sea, the great white shark. Book a trip with one of the many reputable companies then head on out to Gansbaai for your opportunity to suit up and climb into a cage and watch these terrifying creatures circle you. If you choose not to get into the water there is always a great view from the boat as well where the sharks can sometimes be seen breaching and swimming uncomfortably close to the boat.

 

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2. Boulders Beach

Get friendly with the jackass penguins that reside at boulders beach. Take photos of the colony from the boardwalk or pay a small fee to head down onto the beach, roll your towel out and go for a swim in the Indian Ocean with these little tuxedoed fellows.

 

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3. Cape Agulhas

Check out the southernmost tip of Africa at Cape Agulhas. It’s also the dividing point between the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. Spend some time on the beach there or climb to the top of the second-oldest operating lighthouse in South Africa.

 

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4. Ride an Ostrich

Rent a car or catch a bus along the garden route to Oudtshoorn where you can go on a tour of an ostrich farm, get a photo sitting on top of the worlds largest bird, then go for the ride of your life. After a great ride and a few laughs the ostrich jockeys- yes, that’s a thing- suit up and prepare to race. Pick your favourite ostrich and cheer him.

 

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5. Bloukrans Bungy

If Cage diving and ostrich riding wasn’t enough adrenalin for you then get your feet tied together and throw yourself off this perfectly good bridge. After completing your jump you’re given a certificate to prove you jumped off the world highest bungy bridge at 216 metres. There is also the option to purchase photos and the video of your jump if you want to prove to friends and family how crazy you really are.

6. Ride the Waves at Jeffrey’s Bay

Ranked as one of the worlds best 5 surf locations this is the perfect place to try your hand at this water sport. Surf lessons are available for the inexperienced at reasonable prices, for those who know what they’re doing it’s easy to rent a surfboard and catch some wicked waves. Just pay attention to warnings if you’re going out deep as the odd shark may come join you or a ride.

 

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7. Addo Elephant National Park

Boasting the big seven, a stop at Addo is worth your while. Take your car on a self drive safari through the park. Keep your eyes peeled for a rare lion sighting, or try to spot one of the forty-eight endangered black rhinos that live in the park. Addo was originally set up as a sanctuary to house the last 11 elephants in the area and is now home to over six hundred of these giants.

8. Kruger National Park

South Africa’s first national park is also one of the largest game reserves in Africa, covering close to 20,000 square kilometres. The park is home to more large animal species than any other African game reserve making it a fantastic stop for some sightings you can really brag about to the folks at home.

9. Johannesburg Apartheid Museum

The Apartheid Museum which opened in 2001 is a real eye-opener. From the moment you purchase your entry ticket the journey begins. Each ticket is randomly chosen as a “white” or “non-white” pass. There are two separate entrances to the museum, you follow the path according to whichever you have been labeled, joining up with your fellow travelers a little further in. The museum takes you through all the events of the Apartheid which lasted in South Africa from 1948 until 1994. Reading the news articles, the information boards, and watching the films throughout will make your heart ache seeing the struggles that went on until recent. Take a few hours out of the end of your trip to appreciate the struggles that that have been battled in this beautiful nation.

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