Episode 11: Garden Route

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This week on Top Travel, Fez & Anesu continue their journey in the Eastern Cape.

First up they head to Ecca Lodge for a rhino safari, and a spot of fishing, followed by an unforgettable food experience centered around salt. 

They then head to the Garden Route where the real adventure starts! From blackwater tubing to skydiving, the thrills are off the charts this week. 


Their final stop of their adventure is in Hermanus, where they meet the world’s only ‘Whale Crier’, and live it up in the luxurious ‘The Marine’ hotel. 

Watch #TopTravelTV Saturday 8 June at 20:30 on S3 with a repeat Sundays at 13:00.


Get all the details of the places we stayed at, experiences we had and things you should add to your travel bucket list! 


Where we stayed in the Eastern Cape & Garden Route


Kwandwe Ecca Lodge

A vibrant and intimate lodge, ideally suited for families and the young at heart

Ecca Lodge offers an indoor-outdoor lifestyle embracing the African wilderness. Set in the heart of the Private Reserve overlooking a valley, the lodge offers breath-taking views onto an escarpment of shale cliffs. A highlight of the main guest area is a wooden viewing deck that showcases the exceptional views.


With only 6 suites, 3 of which are dedicated to families, the lodge is intimate, relaxed and trendy, with decor inspired by the natural textures of the African bush. The double suites can accommodate 2 adults each and the family suites accommodate 2 adults and 2 children (under 16 yrs on day beds in the lounge). Family suites also include a private vehicle and ranger. All rooms have private plunge pools and outdoor showers to enhance the connection with nature.


Explore more & book your stay: www.kwandwe.com/ecca-lodge

The Plettenberg Hotel

The Plettenberg, situated on a rocky headland in Plettenberg Bay, along the famous Garden Route – is the ultimate South African seaside escape. The five-star Small Luxury Hotels of the World property, with its 35 beautifully appointed rooms and two family-style villas, showcases the most breathtaking vistas in Southern Africa, with views of the ocean, mountains and endless stretches of golden sand. Guests may enjoy world-class cuisine courtesy of The Restaurant at The Plettenberg, where fresh seafood is the order of the day.


Learn more & book your stay: www.theplettenberghotel.com

The Marine Hotel

The Marine is one of South Africa’s most spectacular seaside hotels. Located on Hermanus’ famous cliff path, overlooking the breathtaking Walker Bay in the Western Cape’s Overberg region, this Small Luxury Hotels of the World property is the ultimate location for whale watching during our whale season – most often directly from the comfort of the sea view bedrooms.


Explore more & book your stay: www.themarinehotel.co.za

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