What's on this winter in the Garden Route 2018

Things to do with Kids this Winter Holidays on the Garden Route

Hey all - it is only a few days before the winter 2018 school holidays start and I have put together a list of fun family activities on the Garden Route of South Africa. If you reside elsewhere or plan to go away- we also have a school holiday guide to Durban, a guide to Cape Town, and holiday entertainment in Johannesburg. But for now, let us explore the Garden Route activities and things to do with kids.


Kid-friendly events this winter

Arts and culture

Knysna oyster festival

Trying to find things to do with kids in the Garden Route this year, visit the Knysna Oyster Festival. This annual event is one of South Africa’s popular festivals and is aimed at families, sports lovers and those in search of a great time.

Where: Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival,  Knysna Quays

When: 29 June – 8 July 2018

Contact: www.oysterfestival.co.za |   044 382 5510

Plettenberg Bay Arts Festival 2018, Garden Route

Cuisine, film, chefs or raw entertainment, this year’s festival has a buffet of options catering to any entertainment junkie.

When: 25 June - 9 July 2018

Contact: www.plett-tourism.co.za/events/




Palms Garden Square Centre, Wilderness


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Photo credit: Palms garden square management

The Centre is situated in the scenic village of Wilderness, when you visit you can expect to find a selection of shops, restaurants, a bakery, a health emporium, and spa.

Where: Owen Grant Road, Wilderness

Contact: www.palmsgardensquare.co.za | 044 877 0445

Redberry Farm, George


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Redberry Farm is a commercial strawberry grower and popular family entertainment venue. Here you can enjoy a long list of family activities from bubble ball, bumper boats, feed the rabbits, pedal go-carts, a playground, a huge maze and lots more.

Don't miss out on their popular Strawberry Festival during the October School Holidays.

Where: Geelhoutboom Road (off the R404), Blanco, George

Contact: Redberry Farm    


Excursions and activities


Timberlake Farm Village, Wilderness


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A village of small independent businesses with a number of kid’s facilities, race track a jungle gym, acro branch adventures, a fantasy fairy garden walk and lots more.

Adventureland: The kids can have fun on a giant slippery slide, use their imagination in the adventure castle, an adventure trail obstacle course, a jumping castle and they can feed some farm animals.

Timberlake Express: The Timberlake Express operates from Tuesdays to Sundays and the kids will love the ride through the Timberlake Village.

Where:  N2 halfway btw Wilderness and Sedgefield, Wilderness

Contact: www.timberlakeorganic.co.za

Garden Route Acrobranch Play Park, George

This is for adventure lovers visiting the Garden Route. Enjoy this exciting aerial zip line adventure with fun obstacles. A great party venue with a wonderful child-friendly restaurant.

Where: Timberlake Organic Village, George

Contact: Garden Route Acrobranch

Birds of Eden, Plettenberg Bay

Birds of Eden are the world's largest free-flight aviary and bird sanctuary.

Where: The Crags, Plettenberg Bay

Contact: www.birdsofeden.co.za | 044 534 8906

Puzzle Park, near Plettenberg Bay

The puzzle Park offers interactive fun for the whole family. A 3D maze, forest puzzle walk, all activities are unique and are suitable for both children and adults.

Where:  Greater Plettenberg Bay

Contact: www.plettpuzzlepark.co.za | 044 534 8853

The Elephant Sanctuary, near Plettenberg Bay

The sanctuary offers interactive experiences with the elephants including, elephant back riding.

Where: The Crags, Plettenberg Bay

Contact: www.elephantsanctuary.co.za | 044 534 8145

Sylvester MTB & Trail Run Weekend, Beaufort West

The Karoo Region of SANParks Honorary Rangers invites you to join them for a sanctioned MTB event named after Sylvester the Lion who became famous when he escaped from the Karoo National Park on two occasions in 2016. There will be a 90 km & 50 km MTB, 19 km Fun Ride, 11 km Trail Run and 70 km & 43 km MTB race.

Where: Karoo National Park, Beaufort West

When: 22 - 24 June 2018

More Info: https://jakhalsevents.wixsite.com

SAMCA National Championships 2018, Oudtshoorn

Oudtshoorn plays host to the South African Majorette and Cheerleading Association’s national championships from 30 June to 7 July 2018. Set in the heart of the Klein Karoo, Oudtshoorn is known for the world-famous Cango Caves, amongst other spectacular sights. Families will enjoy the exciting, intricate displays and an amazing atmosphere as teams from all over the country battle it out to be the champ of champs.

Where: Oudtshoorn

When: 30 June – 7 July

Astro Tours Stargazing, Prince Albert

Hans and Tilanie Daehné show and explain the starry splendour over Prince Albert to all-star enthusiasts. The kids won't stop talking about this experience!

Where: Prince Albert

When: Weekends closest to New Moon – enquire about the exact dates

Contact: 072 732 2950

More info: www.astrotours.co.za




Harkerville Saturday Market, Between Plettenberg Bay and Knysna

This market offers food and crafts of every variety. The children can enjoy some activities like sand art and there are various gifts like wooden toys and handmade toys to enjoy.

 Where:  N2, Harkerville, Plettenberg Bay

When: Open every Saturday from 08:00-12:00

Contact: www.harkervillemarket.co.za | 084 510 9939

Outeniqua Farmers Market, George

Bring along the whole family including your pet, as they are pet-friendly. There is plenty of live entertainment, undercover seating, a train ride for the kids, pedal cars, face painting, a play park and lots more.

Where: Opposite the Garden Route Mall, George.

When: Open every Saturday from 08:00-14:00

Contact: www.outeniquafarmersmarket.co.za | 071 367 0572

The Hermanus Country Market, Hermanus

The Hermanus Country market offers a variety of organic produce, herbs, pickles, jams, deli treats and home-grown goods. They also have several stalls for wines, furnishing and trinkets. This vibrant market is full of activity within a relaxed rural atmosphere and has become very popular.

Where: Fairways Ave & Jose Burman Dr, Hermanus

When: Every Saturday between 09:00 and 13:00

Contact: www.hermanuscountrymarket.co.za| 072 883 3894

Knysna Friday Market, Knysna

The Craft Market is an established Market in Knysna with a good vibe. Here you can enjoy good food & music with friends & family.

Where: Welbedacht Lane, Knysna

When: The market is open from the First Friday in September to the last Friday in May each week from 4 – 8 pm out of season and in season until 8:30 pm.

Contact:  044 382 5316

Family-friendly Indoor activities


Let’s Go Bowling, George


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Photo credit: Lets Go Bowling


Enjoy some Indoor fun with Let’s Go Bowling.

Where: Mount View Resort and Lifestyle Village, York Street, George

Contact: www.mountviewsa.co.za | 044 873 2250

Cango Caves Adventure Tour, Little Karoo

The caves are a spectacular underground wonder of the Klein Karoo.

Where: Cango Valley Road, Oudtshoorn

Contact: www.cango-caves.co.za | 044 272 7410

Kidz at Mountainview, George

A world of excitement and fun a wonderful family place where kids can play. They provide a large indoor jungle gym and you can have a great kids birthday party planned here.

Where:  George South, George

Contact: www.kidzatmountainview.co.za | 044 873 2957

Happy Valley Kids Play Centre in George


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A supervised children’s indoor play centre and party venue, they offer creative ways to stimulate imagination, creativity, and self-confidence. They have an indoor soft play area for the younger ones and other activities like wall climbing and a trampoline.

Where: 10 Memoriam St, Eastern Ext, George

Contact: www.happyvalleygeorge.co.za| 044 873 0046


More things to do with kids in the Garden Route

You can find some more fun things to do in George: Events and activities in George

More events and fun kids activities you can explore: Events and activities in the Garden Route









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