Garden Route

World-renowned route of mountains, beaches, forests and rivers, the Garden Route is South Africa's most sought-after route. 

 It stretches along the Southern Cape Coast from the Western Cape to the Eastern Cape. There are many towns situated along this route, some better known than others, but all with their own sense of “je ne sais quoi”. The key to travelling this route is making enough time to stop over at various destinations for day trips and also for over-night stays where you can find beautiful garden route accommodation.

Running from Heidelberg in the Western Cape along the south coast to, arguably, just after Storms River Village and the Tsitsikamma area in the Eastern Cape, the Garden Route can be considered something of a hidden gem. The road that travels along this route is the N2, it is a well-travelled route but one that is too often not explored by locals and merely passed through. However, this route is not only travelled for its hidden destinations, but also for its scenery. This too is part of the Garden Route’s popularity; it truly is a picturesque drive, prime for taking photographs. 

The Garden Route is home to a variety of landscapes featuring a variety of nature, preserved in the most pristine of conditions. The coastline travels along the southern side of the route with marine life, long stretches of sandy white beaches and rocky faces, with forests, farms, nature reserves, wild life, mountains and lakes and rivers on the northern side of the route. It truly is a place where ecosystems interlink and meet creating a world of wonder. A place of magic, where fantasy and reality meet and where true appreciation for nature can be practised at its best, all year round thanks to the mild and quable climate of The Garden Route. 

Amongst the many towns that can be found along the Garden Route, some of the better known towns include Oudtshoorn where the Cango Caves can be visited, the harbour town of  Mossel Bay and George, the golf capital and commercial hub of the Garden Route. Wilderness, Sedgefield and Knysna are towns where beaches meet forests and where fairytale living is a reality. Plettenberg Bay – the last town of the Western Cape, Tsitsikamma and Storms River Village are situated near the end of the Garden Route, entering into the Eastern Cape where one of South Africa’s best kept Nature Reserves can be found along with many other attractions and fun-filled activities. 

South Africa’s own paradise and otherwise knows as “Garden of Eden”, the Garden Route is a must for all travelling the Southern Cape and South Africa in general. With ancient forests, a wild coastline, National Parks and some of the finest fauna and flora, and an abundance of accommodation, the Garden Route is a place where the soul can be nurtured and set free. 

 

George

George is a town with rich historical history, nestled at the foot of the Outeniqua Mountains. It functions as the administrative centre for the Garden Route as it is halfway between Cape Town and Port El ...

Plettenberg Bay

Inhabited for thousands of years, by Middle Stone Age man, and later by the ancestors of the Khoisan people, the area of present day Plettenberg Bay still holds many relics of this bygone era. The Nelson Bay Cave and Matjies River Cave are ...

Stormsriver

This is a key attraction for tourists from all over the world that want to experience the adventure sports and natural splendor of this South African water feature. It makes its way through the magnificent, verdant forests that characterise ...

Knysna

Seen first by European settlers in 1760, the first farm in Knysna was called Melkhoutkraal(milk wood kraal). Stephanus Terblans, the first farmer to settle in the area was granted a permit to farm the land in 1770. After that, the British-born entrepreneur George Rex a ...

Wilderness

The town of Wilderness is situated on the Garden Route in the Western Cape of South Africa. This charming holiday village is located 15 km from George, nestled between ...

Mossel Bay

After rounding the tip of Southern Africa, Bartolomeu Dias and his fleet entered the bay in 1488, where the current town of Mossel Bay is located. He named it Bahia Aguado de Sao Bras. I ...

Natures Valley

The village is in the vicinity of the remarkable Tsitsikamma Mountains and bordered by the Tsitsikamma National Park. The village is well known for its Otter trail where ...

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