You absolutely have to ...on the Garden Route

In Mossel Bay: visit the Dias Museum and Old Post Tree, do some shark cage diving, whale and dolphin watching, enjoy a pizza down at the point while watching the local surfers, take your chances at the casino, stay overnight in a lighthouse and another in a luxury safari tent.

In Oudtshoorn: visit one of the ostrich farms, do a tour of the Cango Caves, take a day trip over the Prince Alfred Pass, get some culture during the annual KKNK in April, buy an ostrich egg and get your adrenalin up and pumping at the local wildlife ranch.

In George:go strawberry picking, take a day drive over the Montagu Pass, play a round of golf at Fancourt, enjoy some shopping at the local mall and have some fish and chips at the local restaurant down at Victoria Bay.

In Sedgefield: watch out for the tortoises on the island, visit the Saturday market, snack on some great biltong from the local butchery, go sailing on one of the awesome vlei's (lakes), go horse riding, relax and catch some rays on the beach or do some bird watching down at the lakes.

In Knysna: visit Featherbed Nature Reserve, dine out on oysters, play a round of golf at Pezula or Simola Golf Estates, take a photo of the Knysna Heads, stay overnight on a houseboat and shop at Thesen Island.

In Plettenberg Bay: take a walk along Robberg Beach, go whale and dolphin watching, cruise up the Keurbooms River on the ferry, get in touch with some monkeys, exotic and local birds, elephants, snakes and wolves, eat home-made pies on Central Beach and visit Robberg Nature Reserve.

In Natures Valley: sample the carrot cake at the local restaurant, take a walk to the Salt River, float in the lagoon, take a sundowner onto the beach and enjoy the sunset, explore the awesome fishing opportunities and admire the giant yellowwood tree along the pass.

In Storms River: jump the world's highest bunji, take a swing through the trees of the Tsitsikamma forest, lunch on home made cheese experience the forest and swing bridge at Storms River Mouth, take an afternoon stroll through Storms River Village, and visit the Big Tree.

Be sure to ask a local for directions!

Author - Elke Cable