EGR – Promoting Hessequa’s tourism experiences and events around the globe

The Explorer’s Garden Route is the brand of Hessequa Tourism used by the local municipality to development and marketing tourism in the region.

The first part of the travel trade section of the website is going to be built out as a resource for local business. We’ll show you how you can benefit from the Explorer’s Garden Route brand and how to sell Hessequa experiences. Tips and tricks like how to set up your social media accounts and to maximise online opportunities. Included will also be the majority of resources you’ll need to run your tourism business in Hessequa – signage applications, event funding applications, responsible tourism guides, statistics, toolkits, and much more. How about an image library for your use to better your marketing materials? So bookmark this page and keep an eye out for more information. Also feel free to send us any questions that you might have with regards to your tourism offering in the region.


Hessequa Municipality

Telephone: +27 (0)28 713 7829

Website: www.explorersgardenroute.co.za

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Industry Resources

Grading Support Programme

Reimbursement on the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa fees offered by the National Department of Tourism.

Event Submission

 Complete a simple online form to list your event on the Hessequa Tourism website for free.

Tourism Road Signage

Guide and application form to apply for the brown tourism signage for your business.

Accommodation Definitions

Find out under which category your accommodation establishment falls if applying for signage or star grading.

Connect on Social Media

Find out how to connect with Hessequa Tourism on Social Media to promote your product.


Stay up-to-date with Hessequa tourism news and events, opportunities, and other industry happenings.

2016 Calendar for Event Organisers

Planning an event in Hessequa? View the events calendar here and see what other organisers are up to.


For high res images needed for print, please visit our media download folder. We are currently updating various photos so check back soon for more. If you are after something specific please contact us.

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Customer Care Training Photos

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May 11th, 2016|

SMME Workshop Photos

On Monday 3 May and Tuesday 4 May 2016 we hosted a SMME Workshop for local businesses and entrepreneurs. Speaker

May 6th, 2016|

Photos from the Social Media Training

Images from the 2 day social media training for local tourism businesses hosted, on 18 and 19 February by the LED and Tourism Department.

February 22nd, 2016|

Arrive Alive Campaign 2015

The annual Hessequa Arrive Alive Campaign took place on 11 December 2015 and even saw the handout of little indigenous trees!

December 14th, 2015|

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Over the last few months there has been some unusual activity in the Post Office building on Main Road, Riversdale,

November 10th, 2015|

2016 Hessequa Calendar for Event Organisers

Planning an event in Hessequa? View the events calendar here and see what other organisers are up to. Collaborate with them, and add or edit your own event.

October 22nd, 2015|
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