While Hermanus is not technically part of the Garden Route it is very frequently include in the same itinerary, especially during the Whale watching season which is June to November, with September being the highlight when Southern Right Whales come even closer to shore during their mating season. There are some really great properties in the area from small and stylish boutique hotels and guesthouses to the luxurious Grootbos private nature reserve.
Based around a large lagoon Knysna and its surrounds are incredibly picturesque. The area between Knysna and Plettenberg bay is home to some seriously striking scenery and some great walks and a number of nature reserves to explore, there are also a number of wildlife sanctuaries that are definitely of interest to those with kids, with the elephant park being a favourite with youngsters.
The best beach along the Garden Route this is a lovely stop for a few days, especially in summer, there are lots of local attractions to explore and the nearby Garden Route National Park as well as the great beach. If you have been on the go for some time this is a great place to either pause or finish your trip with a few nights in one place.