The Garden Route extends along the coastal strip between Heidelberg and the Eastern Cape border at Storms River Mouth, and incorporates all of the towns and resorts along the N2 highway and coast. To the North the Garden Route is bordered by three mountain ranges, the Langeberg, the Outeniqua and the Tsitsikamma mountains. The whole region is one of extreme natural beauty and many very popular resorts have become established along the route. Large parts of the Garden Route are controlled by the South African National Parks thus ensuring the preservation of this pristine area well into the future. Just east of George, lies the Wilderness National Park. This region attracts hundreds of bird species to it's wetlands.
In the extreme West of the Garden Route where the Breede River flows into the Indian Ocean is St Sebastion Bay, an annual breeding place for the Southern Right Whale, which can be seen between June and September from Whitesands. In 2005 more than 130 whales were seen in the nursery including more than 50 pairs of cows and their calfs.
The town of Riversdale lies on the N2 and has become known as the Floral Paradise of the Garden Route. The town is a mecca for nature lovers of all ages and especially for fynbos enthusiasts. From here you can hike, bike or take a horse trail. To the North of the town is the famous Sleeping Beauty Peak in the Langeberg, and a mountain pass leads you to the Klein Karoo. A little to the East of Riversdale is the small town of Albertinia named after a local preacher. The town is situated in a major sheep and wheat region and is well known as being South Africa's main producer of red and yellow ochre and of kaolin. There are two factories that process gel from the aloe based here.
Mossel Bay has a history dating back to the 15th Century and derives its name from the abundance of mussels found here. The town lies on a sunny peninsular just off the N2 and is half way between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. It was at Mossel Bay that the Portuguese navigator Bartomoleu Dias landed in 1488 to replenish his water supplies. History lovers can also see several block houses built by the British in the Outeniqua mountains during the Anglo-Boer War.
The Garden Route's next town is George which is harbours a wonderful museum which is mostly dedicated to wooden artifacts. There is a reconstructed woodcutter's cottage as well as wagons and carts and even old gramaphones. Herold's Bay is George's own beach resort and is just outside the town. Here there are good vantage points for whale and dolphin watching. A mountain pass leads from George into the Klein Karoo.
The Knysna National Lake Area, known as the Jewel of the Garden Route, there is a large lagoon bounded at its entrance by two sandstone heads and with a background of the mountains of the Outeniqua Nature Reserve. The lagoon is home to the famous Knysna Seahorse and the Pansy Shell. This beautiful town offers the visitor anything from fine shops and restaurants to hiking trails, and there are even three golf courses. The Knysna Elephant Park offers a unique chance to get see these magnificent animals that once lived in these forests.
Just along the coast from Knysna lies the popular resort town of Plettenberg Bay, known affectionately by many a visitor as 'Plett'. Standing out on the beach here is Beacon Island with its hotel. In the bay itself you can witness schools of common dolphin playing, as well as Bottlenosed and Humpback dolphins.
Several species of whale can be seen here - the Southern Right, the Humpback and Bryde's whales as well as Orca, the killer whale. This is the only place on Earth where the rare Beaked whale has been filmed. Boat based whale watching tours are available here. To the south of Plettenberg Bay lies the Robberg Nature Reserve, which has many short hikes through the coastal fynbos that dominates this peninsula.
At the Eastern end of the Garden Route you will find the Tsitsikamma National Park, a pristine indigenous forest that is home to Yellowwood, Stinkwood and Ironwood and many other tree species that are protected in this forest. The coastline here is quite spectacular with its natural gorges formed over millions of years. The 5 day Otter Trail that runs along this coast. Hikers are advised to book well in advance.
Karmosyn self catering apartment, is a picturesque holiday setting in the Western Cape just 20km south of Mosselbaai in Vleesbaai. It is a place where you can just relax and unwind all year round.
The River Club Villas is a sought after complex in Plettenberg Bay. This well appointed open plan 3 bedroom all en-suite garden unit is ideal for the family getaway. Only 10 minute walk to Beacon Island beach.
Waterways Villa 21 are a self-catering 3 bedroom house. Sleeps 6 people. Main en-suite has a double bed and 2 rooms each with 2 single beds all rooms have ceiling fans. Kitchen fully equipped oven and hob microwave dishwasher, washing machine...
This beautiful Apartment is well situated in Plettenberg Bay, the most sought after holiday destination in the Garden Route. It is a three-story apartment with a rooftop deck which provides breathtaking 360°) views of the whole bay area and the surro
Buffelsbaai is located in the heart of the Garden Route, 15km from Knysna and Sedgefield. This isolated tranquil village only 200 houses allowed, has supreme safe beaches for swimming and long walks. Everything, required for a dream holiday.
We offer you private accommodation in an upmarket tranquil suburb of George. Ideally suited for a family, or the guest who seeks peace and quiet. Accommodation is large, modern and, comfortable.
The four star self catering Gouriqua Apartment 101 is situated in the CBD of Mossel Bay within walking distance to the beach. 101 Is a ground floor unit with three bedrooms / two bathrooms to accommodate seven (six private) guests.
If you need a break-away to an elegant and romantic setting, we are ready to treat you and your loved one, in our brand new lodge! Some of the rooms has entrance to a balcony, where you have an exquisite view, over the tree tops with rich birdlife and...
Nectar Cottage sleeps up to 10 people and has 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a hot outside shower, and is fully equipped. Located beachside inside the Tsitsikamma National Park Nectar has a large, private garden with BBQ. The pearl of the Garden Route!
erched on the Eastern Head of Knysna, this large, comfortable home takes full advantage of the panoramic views of the Knysna Lagoon and the Outeniqua Mountains in the distance. Large windows in all rooms and a vast wooden deck leading...
Self-catering holiday accommodation in Mossel Bay, opposite De Bakke beach and walking distance from Santos beach.
Quantum Lights offers you a self-catering flat in Pirates Creek a security village, situated on the Touws River. Come and enjoy our peaceful surroundings and spectacular sunsets.
Keurkraal is located in the quiet town of Keurbooms strand, 10km from the holiday town of Plettenberg bay. Keurkraal consists of 3 flatlets each having 2 bedrooms, a bathroom, kitchen and living room, able to to accommodate 4 people each.
This competitively priced self-catering guesthouse with its own entrance is situated on the famous Garden Route, world renowned for its natural wonders and beauty and for some of the most spectacular scenic coastal drives in the world. The house ...
Family holiday home situated in cul-de-sac on front dunes at Stilbaai. Living room with television and open plan kitchen which overlooks the ocean. Six bedrooms, four with double beds, two with two single beds each, sleeps ten people.
It is a spacious and comfortable cottage with a main bedroom and bathroom en-suite (shower only). Also a lounge / dining room and kitchenette. The lounge has TV and a full, double-bed-size sleeper couch.
Set in the picturesque town of Heidelberg, we are just a stone throw off the N2. All rooms are fully equipped. Safe parking. Walking distance from centre of town
Located in a tranquil area of Plettenberg Bay, just a short stroll from scenic Robberg Beach, this family-run lodge presents guests with an exceptionally comfortable home-away-from-home. Offering free on-site parking, Sea Breeze impresses with its...