Things to do in the Garden Route
Lakeside Lodge is close to some of the country’s top golf courses, with 10 courses less than an hour away. For an additional fee Lakeside Lodge & Spa can drop guests at any of the below golf courses and do return pick-ups.
The Garden Route is a hub of activity stretching from Sedgefield, the Wilderness to Knysna, Plettenberg Bay and Mossel Bay. Enjoy relaxing spa treatments or a bevy of adventure sports and wildlife sanctuaries.
If you would like us to make any restaurant reservations on your behalf please do not hesitate to let us know. Our guest services team will also happily arrange restaurant transfers and pick-ups upon request.
Explore the surroundings
At Knysna Elephant Park visitors can savour the experience of walking alongside these gentle giants or enjoy a ride on an elephant.
The museum is home to 13 steam locomotives. Look out for the Royal Train of 1947 as well as President Paul Kruger’s coach and private saloons. Vintage car aficionados will be pleased by the antique beauties on show.
Monkeyland Sanctuary is home to 500+ primates. These can be divided into 18 different groups. 11 of these groups move about freely in the forest, while the remaining seven are housed in large cages. View the animals in their habitat from the 128 metre suspended canopy walk.
The surreal beauty of these caves have to be seen. Situated in a limestone ridge parallel to the well-known Swartberg Mountains, you will find the finest drip-stone caverns, with vast halls and towering formations. A limited number of visitors are allowed into the caves to preserve them.
The birds of Eden Sanctuary is a free flight sanctuary spanning over two hectares. It is home to 3500 birds under what is said to be the largest dome in the world.
Marvel at the big cats. Jukani is home to lions (including some rare white lions), cheetahs, tigers, leopards, jaguars, pumas, caracal and serval cats. Also present are zebra, wild dog, springbok, and the exotically named Zorilla.
This breathtaking 18-hole golf course sprawls over Knysna’s heights. Designed by David Dale and Ronald Fream of GolfPlan USA, it rates amongst the best and the most scenic golf courses in the world. Compleat Golfer has rated Pezula Championship Course a Five Star Golf Experience.
Adrenalin junkies savour the experience of the world’s highest bungee jump. The bridge over the Bloukransriver in the Tsitsikamma region is 216 metres high and it takes bungee jumpers a mere seven seconds to reach terra ferma.
Mossel Bay is one of the best whale and dolphin watching destinations to spot the Southern Right Whale, Killer Whale and Bottlenose Dolphin.
Experience an adrenaline-fueled cage diving day out in Mossel Bay’s azure waters. Non-divers can make use of the topside viewing option, while divers will be able to get up close with a Great White shark.
The ranch has been described as an escape from reality. Visitors can choose to pet a tiger cub, sign up for an encounter with a cheetah or a shy lemur. Brave hearts can dive with the resident Nile crocodiles or visit the snake park that houses the fearsome King Cobra as well as a python.
Halfway between Jeffrey's Bay and Plettenberg Bay lies a unique wolf sanctuary. Visitors can participate in feeding the wolves. A wild but educating experience that is also safe, as the wolves are enclosed.