Inexpensive things to do with kids in the Garden Route
Activities to do with kids in the Garden Route.
A long walk to freedom…or at least peace and freedom is what you will experience in the Garden Route.
- Saasveld, located just outside George on the old Knysna road, offers hikers free or low-cost permits to various hiking routes in the Saasveld forests. Pepsi pools is a must do and fit for the intermediate hiker. The walk ends at the mysterious cola colored mountain pools with a lovely waterfall. You can chill out and enjoy a swim in the in freezing water. Perfect for summer time. If your kids are under eight years of age, consider a back carrier, off-road prams will go far but not all the way, mountain bikes yes.
- Tierkop will take the intermediate hiker about an hour to get up to the view point and Tierkop hut. Here you can enjoy the amazing view of the Garden route, George and George dam. Sleepover needs to be arranged with SAN Parks in advance. Remember your sunscreen and protective gear as you will get loads of sun here during summer holidays. This route is mountain bike friendly.
- Though I know of very little kids who would like to go to a museum instead of the beach I believe it is worth mentioning the indoor activities, as this area is known for rain all year round. You can visit the Outeniqua railway museum and Diaz museum in Mosselbay.
- Panarottis at garden route mall recently (2014) got an awesome indoor play area, supervised by staff and you can keep an eye on your kids if you sit upstairs. There are also two indoor play centers, one in Hope Street and one at the Mount View tourist resort. All charge about R40 an hour and cheaper if you stay longer. Red berry farm entrance is also free - you can decide what activities your kids want to do - ranging from strawberry picking, horse riding to train tripping all charged per event.
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