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.
It has 3 luxury Chalets carefully positioned as to offer maximum privacy. All chalets have king size extra length beds. Linen is the finest Percale cotton. The chalets have ceiling fans for balmy nights, and...
Situated in the popular holiday town Hartenbos, this spacious, luxury Self Catering apartment is ideal for families, golfers and those in the area for business.
Onse Kaia is a lovely three-bedroom cottage situated in a safe and secure park in Hartenbos. We offer braai facilities and on-site parking. The park is child friendly and guests can use the communal swimming pool and tennis court which are just 50m away.
2 Gecko's Self Catering House is ideally located in the historic Point Village and is a very modern up-market beach house with beautiful African decor situated approximately 20 m from the sea and tidal pool with great views.
Ocean Watch Guest House is perfectly nestled against the coastal hillside of the beautiful Plettenberg Bay, an ideal spot to enjoy whale and dolphin watching.
Village Heights no.17 is a spacious 3 bedroom with en-suite bathroom lodge. 2 bedrooms with queen beds and 1 with 2x3/4 beds. Also a fold open double bed couch in the lounge area
Come and enjoy your self catering getaway in a lock up and go duplex townhouse in secure complex. This self catering unit sleeps 8 and consists of 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, two of which is en-suite. Bed linen supplied. The main bedroom has...
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.
Situated on the beach front of Diaz Strand with breathtaking views of the sea and surrounding George mountains. The immaculate white sand and swimming beach stretches for several kilometers.
The house is situated in the Oubaai Golf Estate in Herolds Bay and is self-catering. It is only 5 minutes drive from George International Airport.
This charming, relaxing holiday home is situated high on the dune amongst the milkwood trees, sheltered from the coastal winds. It has spectacular views of Cloud Nine and Sedgefield lagoon, with the Outeniqua mountains in the background. The milkwood
The property in Stillbay consists of two living units: the main house (Opstêrs) on the beachfront and a luxurious flat behind the main house.
his apartment is located in Hartenbos in a very safe complex with a remote control gate. It is halfway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. This tranquil town is the ideal destination for family holidays. Oester 202 is the place to be all year...
This holiday cottage on the beach front is as close as you can get to the beach in Hartenbos . The spectacular view ranges from the Outeniqua Mountains in the north to the town of Mossel Bay in the south. This is a 180° unobstructed view...
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.
Situated in a security estate with access control. This comfortable, furnished and spotlessly clean apartment offers 1 bedroom with a double bed and a bedsitter/kitchenette with 2 single beds, bathroom with shower.
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 ...
2 Bedrooms / 2 Bathrooms - Sleeps 4: Comfortable, spacious, fully equipped and modern top floor apartment in secure Whale Rock Gardens Estate on the Robberg Side of Plett in the middle of the Garden Route.