The Garden Route
Touring Garden Route South Africa | The Garden Route is a popular stretch of the south-eastern coast of South Africa. It stretches from Heidelberg in the Western Cape to the Storms River which is crossed along the N2 coastal highway over the Paul Sauer Bridge in the extreme western reach of the neighbouring Eastern Cape Province. The name comes from the verdant and ecologically diverse vegetation encountered here and the numerous lagoons and lakes dotted along the coast. It includes towns such as Mossel Bay, Knysna, Oudtshoorn, Plettenberg Bay and Nature's Valley; with George, the Garden Route's largest city and main administrative centre.
Where ever you are, you've most probably heard about the South African Garden Route, and rightly so, for this is one of the most magnificent, awe-inspiring stretches of land in South Africa, if not the world.
The Garden Route offers you majestic mountains, breathtaking views, a natural garden of rich, colourful vistas, with valleys and lakes, rivers and forests, a paradise for bird-lovers and nature lovers, an eco-destination like few others in the world, with miles upon miles of beautiful, white sandy beaches and a zillion things to do and explore.
It is situated about 280km from Cape Town and is one of South Africa's richest botanical treasures, where you can lose yourself in nature amid the grandeur of giant Yellowwood or Milkwood trees in one of the indigenous forests.
And between July and December each year, the scenic and tranquil areas of the region form a spectacular backdrop for a multitude of blooms, such as the Proteas, Ericas, Vygies, Bluebells, Pin-Cushions, Aloes, Tubers and various other species of Fynbos, as it is a matter of record that the floral kingdom of this area is the most varied in the world.
Wilderness, with its renowned vast stretches of beach, enclosed by mountains, lakes, valleys, nature reserves and the sea, an eco-destination par excellence.
As is Sedgefield and the lakes-areas, and the world-renowned Knysna, a world in one. On to Plettenberg Bay, a holidaymaker's mecca, catering just as well for the nature lover and the closest to the Tsitsikamma National Park.
Neither is this the end - if you do not feel like swimming at one of the wonderful beaches, or surfing, or fishing, you can always go for air-flips and trips to experience a bird's-eye view of the majestic surroundings, with charters available in George, Knysna and Mossel Bay.
Or go abseiling in Sedgefield or Riversdale, or boating, canoeing and yachting around Great Brak River, Sedgefield, Plettenberg Bay, Wilderness, Witsand or Keurbooms River.
If the adrenalin is still not surging, consider bridge and bungi-jumping, or black water rafting or tubing.