The Garden Route is dotted with placid lagoons fed by gentle rivers, and getting into a canoeing to paddle around them is a great way to see this part of the world. Wilderness Lagoon, Knysna Lagoon and Keurbooms Lagoon are all great for this. The lagoons themselves tend to be relatively busy with other marine traffic, but once you get into the rivers and streams, things get much quieter. Paddle leisurely upstream, through pools in dappled sunlight filtering through leafy glades until you find an idyllic spot to beach the canoes and enjoy a pre-packed picnic lunch. It’s peaceful, romantic and wonderfully relaxing.