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.
Five The Sanctuary is on an up-market cluster development in Plettenberg Bay with beautiful sea views and literally a two minute walk onto the stunning Robberg beach.
Lancelot SA is an upmarket and welcoming Self Catering Apartment, situated very centrally in George on the slopes of the Outeniqua Mountains. It provides a convenient base to explore the beautiful Garden Route for leisure or business.
Tonquani - Beautiful Place. A more suitable name could not have been chosen. The surrounding mountains, lush vegetation and the soothing sound of flowing water, mirrors the promise Tonquani offers her guests: Peace, tranquillity...
Book now for an unforgettable vacation in this well situation apartment in Plettenberg Bay the jewel of the Garden Route. The apartment has three Bedrooms - Main en-suite with king size bed. 2nd bedroom queen size bed and balcony. 3rd bedroom has...
Choose between a forest cottage with its balcony nestling amongst the trees or a luxury lodge tent tucked sympathetically into the fynbos and immerse yourself completely in the peace and tranquility that only nature can offer. Spend your days expl...
BAI MOI is a luxury seafront Self Catering house in Rheebok offering spectacular 180 degree views of the ocean, to the East the ocean
A newly refurbished self catering house in Hartenbos on the famous Garden Route.
The graded three bedroom unit has a fully equipped kitchen (with fridge/freezer, stove, oven, microwave) including a separate scullery/laundry with dishwasher, washing machine adn tumble dryer. This unit has an open plan dining/living area with a ...
The SONDEL Beach House, located in a quiet suburb, is a large luxury holiday home, tastefully decorated and situated a mere 160 meters from Solar Beach, Robberg Plettenberg Bay. This stretch of coast line falls along South Africa's splendid...
Badger's Lodge is a guesthouse in Knysna in the heart of South Africa's famous Garden Route, 3,5 km out of Knysna's enchanting town centre and the picturesque waterfront.
Aloe Ridge is situated halfway between Dias Beach and Hartenbos. The units can accommodate 4 people and are very neat and comfortably furnished to ensure that you will enjoy a relaxed holiday.
Dwarswegstrand Resort is a holiday resort along the Garden Route Coast line between Mossel Bay and George near Great Brak River. Here you can relax and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of the coastal resort with direct access to the long white beach.
EXPERIENCE TRANQUILITY, ROMANCE & PRIVACY in NATURE at one of SA's BEST (Winner of almost a dozen national and international awards). Nature-lovers' retreat: birds, game, secluded rock pools, forest walks & biking trails. Sundowners with fireflies...
A lovely self-catering unit on the beach with a breathtaking 180 degrees sea view. The upper and lower level are split as two separate units. The units can be let out separately or the whole house (both units) together.
Vleesbaai Beach House is a Self-Catering house that has panoramic views out of every window. The house is approximately 20m from the beach where you can enjoy the golden sands and the calm ocean.
This superb holiday home on Thesen Islands is designed for relaxed, easy indoor/outdoor living with large veranda with uninterrupted view of Knysna lagoon and wetlands. The ground floors and all bedrooms have high rafted ceilings, an open plan Lou
The Crow's Nest is a comfy 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment on the 4th floor of an exclusive apartment building in Diaz Beach, Mossel Bay.
Relax and enjoy your holiday in this comfortable and well-appointed self-catering cottage on the Island in Sedgefield.