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.
Sunshowers Plett is a modern and spacious, 4 star, and AA superior accommodation rated guesthouse - a haven to relax in. The upper balcony and lounge offers a 180 degree view of the ocean, Outeniqua mountains and the lagoon.
No 11 Knysna Quays is situated in the beautiful and very popular Waterfront Marina, in the picturesque town of Knysna along the world-famous Garden Route, South Africa. With three en-suite bedrooms, all luxuriously furnished, a beautiful open-plan...
Pumula lodge is centrally situated between the town and the famous Knysna which allows for easy access to all the attractions in the area. The lodge has 2 double and 3 twin bedrooms (sleeps 10), all en-suite with private entrances...
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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.
On this SPECTACULAR secure golf estate, a stay in this luxury house will give you the ultimate holiday feeling. Our house has 4 spacious bedrooms en-suite. From the well-furnished living area with a big LCDHD TV and DVD player, you walk onto the...
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...
Forget-Me-Not self catering accommodation is situated in Sedgefield in a tranquil location surrounded by nature, and 5 minutes stroll to beach. The house includes a large decked outside entertainment area with swimming pool.
Stroois perches on an ancient dune in the Bosbokduin nature reserve just outside Stilbaai. It is surrounded by Cape Coastal Fynbos and has spectacular views of the Indian Ocean. The thatched cottage, built in the style of the historic holiday house..
Its vantage point in Stinkwood Crescent gives Candlewood Lodge spectacular views of the famous Knysna Lagoon and through The Heads to the sea from just about every window! Just minutes from town and 3 golf courses.
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.
The house is situated right on the beach in Wilderness, with breathtaking views of breaking waves. Let the sounds of the sea lull you to sleep.
his Luxury apartment has two bedrooms; one with a luxurious queen size bed and the other with 2 single beds. The bathroom has a bath and no towels are supplied. This self catering unit has a fully equipped and modern open plan kitchen with oven...
Chateau Anri LaMer is a self catering home situated on the banks of the Swartvlei lagoon at the lovely town of Sedgefield in the heart of the garden route. Sedgefield has three lovely beaches and also offers safe swimming in the lagoon mouth...
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.
At this charming self-catering cottage it is all about the view. It's beach front location presents a spectacular 180° unobstructive ocean view. This beautifully 'chabby chic' decorated cottage accommodates 6-8 people....
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