Set against the backdrop of the majestic Langeberg mountain Range, the Garden Route Game Lodge guards the entrance to South Africa's world famous Garden Route Coast. Only 3.5 scenic hours drive from Cape Town, this malaria-free 2,000 hectare private game reserve is ideal for families wanting a short safari experience.
Enjoy sunset and sunrise game drives in an open Land Rover with your experienced game ranger who will bring you sightings of lion, elephant, white rhino, buffalo and cheetah. The reserve is also home to giraffe, zebra and numerous antelope species such as bontebok, red hartebeest, kudu, eland, impala, springbuck and many more. Game drives will take between 2 and 3 hours depending on how much time is spent at each sighting. There will be a coffee stop on the morning drive and a sundowner stop on the evening drive.
Children of all ages are welcome to join the morning and evening drives when accompanied by an adult. Families are either accommodated on their own game vehicle or with other families which gives the kids a chance to make new friends while on holiday. Child minders are available to assist should you wish to enjoy a child free safari during your stay. Kids will also love the interactive tours of the Reptile Centre, home to numerous snakes and crocodiles.
Guests can choose from a wide range of accommodation options, including luxury suites, lodge rooms and private chalets.
The luxury suites have a private deck overlooking the game reserve, a freestanding bath and an outside bath and shower set in the African bush for the more adventurous! There are also 2 luxury family suites, both of which have plunge pools, and are perfectly positioned with 2 bedrooms and a spacious main room. The lodge rooms all have private patios overlooking the landscaped gardens and are conveniently located for quick access to the swimming pools. The chalets have private viewing decks and are linked to the main lodge area via a wooden walkway.
Special offers for longer stays or when booked as part of a longer itinerary may apply - details on request.
Breakfast; dinner; one daily morning and one daily evening game drive; and a guided tour of the Reptile Centre are included.
Children of any age are welcome. Rates available on request. Children of any age are welcome to join the morning and evening drives when accompanied by an adult.
Children of all ages are welcome to join the morning and evening drives when accompanied by an adult. Families are either accommodated on there own game viewer or with other families which gives the kids a chance to make new friends while on holiday. Child minders are available to assist should you wish to enjoy a child free safari during your stay.
The Kids Bushwise Activity programme (only for children aged between 6 and 12 years of age) is led by a friendly game ranger and includes activities such as a kids game drive where children will enjoy the experience of getting up close to some of the wildlife on the game reserve, a guided bush walk and insect walk or fishing at the nearby waterhole.
The restaurant offers a kiddies menu and early meal times for breakfast and dinner. Room service is also available and child minders are on hand to take care of the young ones should you wish to enjoy a leisurely dinner.
Other facilities on the property include heated and cold swimming pool and two children's themed play areas.
Guest Rating: 4.5 / 5.0 based on 6 ratings
The Garden Route Game Lodge was just right for us. The staff were so helpful and really knew their facts. They were happy to provide meals for the kids when we needed them. Although the lodge is small and only has a few of each animal the game drives were perfect for kids as we could get really close to all the animals in a short space of time which Bella loved. The food was good and rooms were a generous size. The highlight of the lodge stay and in fact of the whole holiday for us was the evening we got to feed the elephants and unexpectedly were invited to stroke the cheetah. I think we were more excited than the kids! Even Freya at 7 months old was allowed to have a tug at the poor cheetahs ears! Both experiences were dreams come true and so special for all of us. Bella even forgot how poorly she was and was running up to the elephants giving them handfuls of food and loving it!
Had a fabulous time with friendly staff both on the drives and in house, would recommend it as it is fairly near Cape Town. The only suggestion would be to ask if a visit at the waterhole would provide more sighting of wildlife.
Thanks for the recommendation.
Garden Route Game Lodge Location
Directions For Drivers
From Cape Town: Take the N2 towards the Garden Route and Knysna, and approximately 7 km after Albertina the Garden Route Game Lodge will be signposted on your left.
From the Garden Route: Take the N2 towards Cape Town, and approximately 7 km before Albertina, the Garden Route Game Lodge will be signposted on your right.
General Information For Guests
All rooms have private viewing patios, en-suite bathrooms with shower and bath, bathrobes and slippers, air conditioning and ceiling fans, in room safe, fully stocked mini bar, tea/coffee making facilities, direct dial telephone, flat screen Satellite TV and DVD player.
In addition the Family Lodge Rooms include a kingsize bed and 2 sleeper couches, and a cot is available for infants. The rooms have convenient access to the swimming pools and children's play area.
Luxury and Luxury Family Suites also have a free standing bath, double vanity and separate shower, outside bath and shower, wood burning fireplace and Nespresso coffee machine.
Deluxe Rooms also have a Nespresso coffee machine.
Valley View and Waterhole View Bush Chalets are linked to the main lodge via a wooden walkway. The chalets overlook the waterhole or a lush valley of indigenous trees filled with birdlife.
The Honeymoon Bush Chalet is linked to the main lodge via a wooden walkway, and is discreetly located and overlooks the waterhole. The room also has a Nespresso coffee machine.
Dining options are available at Serengetis Restaurant, Poolside Terrace and at the African Boma (weather permitting). All the restaurants offer kiddies menus and early meal times for breakfast and dinner.
The lodge has 2 main pools.
Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the main lodge public areas.
Room service and babysitting services are available.
Credit Cards are accepted (Visa and MasterCard only).
The Kids Bushwise activity programme includes kiddies game drives, guided bush and insect walks or fishing at a nearby waterhole, and is suitable for children aged 6 - 12 years.
Interactive tours of the Reptile Center are also available.
The Ayana Spa offers a variety of full body massages and other relaxing treatments.
Game drives take place in open Land Rovers. Departure is early morning and late afternoon as this is when the wildlife are most active. You can expect your safari drive to last 2 to 3 hours depending on how much time is spent at each sighting. There will be a coffee stop on your morning safari and a sundowner stop at a popular look out in the game reserve on your evening safari.
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