The Garden Route
Travel to The Garden Route – South Africa’s Garden Route
The Garden Route is possibly one of the most popular tourist destinations in South Africa. The name is given to South Africa’s Western Cape coastal belt from Witsands whale birthing haven in the west to Plettenberg Bay in the east.
The Garden Route boasts some of South Africa´s best beaches as well as the world-renowned surfers´ paradise, Victoria Bay, where you can “hang ten” with the best of them. Endless stretches of uninterrupted sand interspersed with rocky promontories and intimate bays offer sun-worshippers and water sports enthusiasts an almost embarrassing richness of opportunities for great South African holidays: swimming, angling, surfing and wind surfing, walking, scuba and snorkelling, sea kayaking. Some of the more popular beaches offer lifeguard patrols during the summer holidays, as well as refreshment kiosks, restaurants, camping and/or ablution facilities.
Just inland from the Garden Route is Little Karoo – an arid geological basin of red sandstone, wedged between the fynbos-adorned Heidelberg in the west and Uniondales eastern sheep farming and rock art treasures.
With beautiful golden sandy beaches, wild oceans and dramatic mountain scenery you will never tire of the ever-changing views. The Garden Route is blessed with one of South Africa´s richest botanical treasures.
The fynbos – a vegetation type that is unique to South Africa´s Cape coast – is the jewel in the crown of the Garden Route. With more than 8500 species, the Cape Floral Kingdom is one of the botanical wonders of the world,
Adventure Sports enthusiasts are spoiled for choice. Enjoy paragliding and bungi jumping, quad and mountain biking, horse riding, sea kayaking and scuba diving. Surfers flock to the waves at Plettenberg, Stilbaais Point, Groot Jongensfontein, Mossel Bay and George.
There are several excellent hiking trails ranging from a one hour walk along the Wilderness Lagoon which is rich in bird life, to a variety of day walks in the mountains, along rivers or through cool forests. Longer hikes include the stunning five-day Otter Trail along the Tsitsikamma coast and the seven-day Outeniqua Trail, known as one of the toughest in the country.
From June to September Southern Right whales visit the area,
The famous Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe, offering a three-hour journey between George and Knysna, is the last scheduled steam train service in the country. Or visit the Cango Caves – a national monument formed over 20 million years ago.
Trawl malls, craft markets and quaint country stalls as you hunt down local creative endeavours. Friendships forged at Mossel Bay, George, Oudtshoorn, Knysna whilst Pletts inter-cultural township offerings seal the experience.
The most popular way to explore the Garden Route is by either car or with an organised tour.