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.
The master bedroom with a king-size bed, door to the balcony and an en-suite bathroom with a bath and a separate shower. A second bedroom with a queen-size bed and a door to the balcony. A third bedroom with twin beds. All the bedrooms have ...
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A spacious, well-appointed log home with everything you need for a relaxed, safe holiday in a cosy, neat little seaside village away from big town hustle and bustle.
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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..
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.
If you're looking for a place to escape from the hustle of city life, and you want your dreams to be filled with the sound of rumbling waves, then look no further...
We invite you to become part of this secluded and tranquil paradise nestling on the beach. The comfort and privacy of your en-suite bedroom with lounge area and kitchenette with balcony overlooking the Indian Ocean and spectacular mountain views.
A little sun-drenched patch of paradise on the along the Garden Route, nestling in the sea-side village of Vleesbaai. Hakuna Matata is a comfortable, modern, fully equipped 200 m2 self-catering house accommodating up to 8 people.
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Barefoot Lodge is a 4 bedroom fisherman's cottage, situated in the 2nd row at the very popular Point Village Resort in Mossel Bay
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Rosedene is a beautiful holiday home that offers a relaxed getaway as well as both privacy and convenience. It is spacious and tastefully decorated with a home from home feel. A large lounge opens onto a covered veranda that overlooks the garden.
Situated in the gateway to the Garden Route and above beautiful Mossel Bay, Avenues Guesthouse is a place of tranquility with comfortable en-suite bedrooms, solar-heated saltwater pool and cosy courtyard. Close to Mossel Bay Golf Course...
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.
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