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.
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...
Oakhurst is one of the original large properties of the Garden Route situated in the Wilderness district, near George. There are 11 different self catering units available.
Cosy, small holiday apartment with queen bed for two persons, with kitchen and bathroom with shower. There is also 1 small area for a child in the lobby way. A charming private garden enables you to grill in the shade of a banana tree...
3 bedroom house situated in Kynsa. The lovely, spacious open plan living area, opens up onto a separate sunroom and patio with spectacular views of the lagoon and the famous Knysna Heads.
The Penthouse in Plett is a beautiful, upmarket penthouse located in the heart of the village.
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 exclusive luxury holiday villa with its breathtaking views offers exclusive self-catering accommodation and is ideally situated to offer privacy as well as convenience. Spacious, airy & open plan living area flowing out onto a large, sunny pool.
Barefoot Lodge is a 4 bedroom fisherman's cottage, situated in the 2nd row at the very popular Point Village Resort in Mossel Bay
Forest Lodge is a 3 bedroom historic farm house hidden in the forest with mountain views. The lodge is walking distance to the Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve gate.
Pacem is a cosy and neat apartment close to De Bakke and Santos beach in Mossel bay, Western Cape. There is one bedroom with a queen size bed. Toilet, shower and small basin.
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
Nagenoeg Beach Cottage is set right on the beachfront with magnificent sea views and direct access to a sandy beach and a tidal pool within walking distance. The temperate climate makes for an enjoyable holiday experience all year round...
We are situated on the Garden Route halfway between George and Mossel Bay and 15 minutes' drive from the George Airport. Ons Werf offers 3 renting options the 3 bedroom house, one bedroom flat and bachelor flat.
Outeniqua Cottage is in the quaint Village of Hoekwil overlooking the Outeniqua Mountains. It is a self catering Cottage one bedroom with a queen size bed on suite, the other a twin room on suite all with bath and shower.
Relax and enjoy your holiday in this comfortable and well-appointed self-catering cottage on the Island in Sedgefield.
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...
Mossel Bay, halfway between the historic Point Village and the eastern end of the harbour, North facing. In the ever beautiful Garden Route of the Western Cape of Southern Africa...
This luxury apartment in Hartenbos has 2 double bedrooms as well as an extra loft room with 3 single beds. (bedding are available). It is 200m from the beach and has a sea view from the balcony and main bedroom.
House, the Island, Sedgefield, in the heart of the Garden Route. 3 Bedroomed house with 2 bathrooms (MES), open plan lounge, dining room & fully equipped kitchen. Large stand with outside entertainment area, swimming pool, double swings...