The Best Small Towns in the Garden Route

How do you even choose the best place to go when you are visiting the Garden Route and there are just so many amazing options? Ideally, you will want to spend as much time as you can when you are in the area, but realistically you might only get a taste of what each small town has to offer you. Whether you are short on time or if you just want to make sure that you hit all of the most popular towns during your Garden Route tour, we have the list of the top 5 small towns that you simply have to spend some time in.

The small towns of the Garden Route are so rustic, creative, artsy, old world, and just so lovely, that you could probably find yourself day dreaming about leaving your life behind and settling in one of them. You wouldn’t be the first and you certainly won’t be the last person to fall in love with these small towns. While you are here, try to make the most of your adventure and just forget about everything else for a while.


River bank view in Knysna



It has that charming name, that rustic feel, and that ability to make you think like you are a world away from your problems. Wilderness is without a doubt a popular town and one that is going to have you enchanted from the moment you set eyes on it. The town also happens to have all of the very best things about the Garden Route such as lagoons, natural lakes, mountains and those iconic empty sand beaches.


Another absolute gem that is well worth visiting, Sedgefield is so much more than a place to retire. Close to the town you will find all sorts of beautiful lagoons, sand dunes, and some of the most stunning beaches. The town is also home to a vibrant art community.

Nature’s Valley

Seated in a valley surrounded by the Tsitsikamma Mountains, stunning forests and glistening rivers, Nature’s Valley is an absolute wild gem and there is constantly this feeling that nature could take over the town at any moment.

Storm’s River

This little town is situated in the Tsitsikamma National Park, which definitely gives it that more secluded feel. Storm’s River is almost on the coast and during the stormy season, it can take quite a battering, which makes for an amazing experience. The town is also surrounded by all sorts of fun activities, since you are in the national park.


Knysna sits right on the edge of a lagoon, and the town is exceptionally beautiful. There are plenty of natural attractions all around it as well, which makes a visit something that you will never forget. A lot of the appeal about Knysna has to do with sightseeing, so be sure to head to places like the Knysna Heads, the nearby forest and the beach. The area is not always overly crowded so you can be sure to have a lot of the attractions to yourself if you visit at the right time.


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