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Garden Route

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.

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Sleeps: 4 in 1 unit/room
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Thesen Island Holiday House

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Knysna

The house has 2 bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, living room, dining room, kitchen, scullery, single garage, and patio directly over the canal. The house comfortably sleeps four people with two per bedroom. The house has luxury finishes...

Oubaai Heights 17

Self Catering Chalet/ Townhouse Accommodation in Oubaai Golf Estate

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

From R 230,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Whispering Pines Self Catering Units

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in George

Is situated just 5 km from Town Centre on the Confac Estate in tranquil surroundings with lovely mountain views. It has 2 s/c units and a free standing cottage. Close to NNMU Saasveld Campus, Garden Route Mall and Eden Meander...

Sleeps: 24 in 8 units/rooms
From R 275,00
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Homtini Guest Farm

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Rheenendal

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...

Sleeps: 11 in 3 units/rooms
From R 585,00
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Narnia Guest House

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Knysna

Situated on a hill overlooking the Knysna Heads, Outeniqua Mountains, Knysna lagoon and river, this property has spectacular all round views. The Pool house itself has one bedroom with a queen and a single bed and in the lounge a foldout futon that .

La Gare Poupan 201

Self Catering Apartment/ Flat Accommodation in Hartenbos

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.

Highview Lodge

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge in Mossel Bay

We are situated high up against the ridge in Mossel Bay on the Garden Route of South Africa, a town which has recently been voted as one of the most popular holiday and tourism destinations in our beautiful country.

From R 250,00
Per person, per night sharing.

The Red House

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge in George

Relax in comfortable, cosy accommodation in a quiet and pleasant suburb. Easy access from N2 route and airport. The Red House is only a five minute walk to George town centre, museum, restaurants and take-aways.

Sleeps: 12 in 1 unit/room
From R 5 500,00
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Earl's View

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Plettenberg Bay

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.

Sleeps: 6 in 1 unit/room
From R 600,00
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Oester 202

Self Catering Apartment/ Flat Accommodation in Hartenbos

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...


Self Catering Apartment/ Flat Accommodation in Sedgefield

Islandwood offers a self-catering unit, housed on the ground floor of a wooden house. The accommodation is perfect for two adults, plus two children/adults (in the bunk beds), the bathroom being accessible from both bedroom and living area....

From R 1 500,00
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Bowtie Plett House

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Plettenberg Bay Area

Beautiful family home, with 5 bedrooms which comfortably sleeps 10 people, is situated in a secure gated complex. Take evening strolls around the open but secure parklands in the complex or walk to the heart of Plettenburg Bay with its trendy shop...

Sleeps: 202 in 51 units/rooms
From R 750,00
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Beacon Island Lifestyle Resort

Holiday Resort Accommodation in Plettenberg Bay

The Beacon Island Lifestyle Resort at Plettenberg Bay is truly a world-famous landmark and one of the most sought-after holiday destinations. Built on a rocky promontory jutting into the warm Indian Ocean, Beacon Island's setting remains unsurpass...

Golf Villa on the 18

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Knysna

Knysna Self Catering Accommodation in 4 twin-bedded rooms, all with en-suite bathroomst. The use of glass in the architecture allows for sunlight to radiate into the rooms. The double-storey design offers guests three recreational ...

Sleeps: 15 in 6 units/rooms
From R 295,00
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Avenues Guest House

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge in Mossel Bay

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...

Wishbone Waters

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Plettenberg Bay Area

Wishbone Waters is located in the rural farming area of The Crags, 3km from the N2. The house accommodates 8 easily, in 4 bedrooms with 3 bathrooms. The main living and dining area is open-plan to the kitchen and is a large and sociable area...

Sleeps: 8 in 1 unit/room
From R 950,00
Per unit, per night.

Rhapsody 5

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Dana Bay

The apartment has double, shaded parking on street level, a living area in the middle and 3 bedrooms on the lower level which can accommodate 8 people. The two double bedrooms open directly onto a small patio and grass and then the whole ocean ...

Ananti @ Sea

Self Catering Apartment/ Flat Accommodation in Vleesbaai

Ananti @ Sea is situated in the very picturesque Vleesbaai, only 30 minutes from Mossel Bay which offers an interesting visit for shopping, casino, deep sea fishing, restaurants, golf and museum enthusiasts.

Lagoon Cottage

Self Catering Flatlet Accommodation in Wilderness

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...

Knysna Quays C11

Self Catering Apartment/ Flat Accommodation in Knysna

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...