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.
This big 6 bedroom 3 bathroom house offers you a fantastic holiday or weekend breakaway venue for the family and friends.
My Beach House - your gem in the Garden Route. Peacefully located in a quiet residential area, The Beach House is within 10 minutes walk to all the action and activities of the main Beach and local shops/craft market.
This luxury apartment is situated in Hartenbos, one of the most popular towns along the South coast of the Western Cape (the Garden Route area). This spacious and lovely new apartment, on the first floor, consists of three bedrooms (2 double beds ...
Ons Werf is a luxuriously furnished, modern self catering flatlet offering great views over the town of Great Brak River, the lagoon and the mountains. Ons Werf is situated on the ground floor of our own house, with it's own entrance, garage...
A lovely self-catering unit on the beach with a breathtaking 180 degrees sea view. The upper and lower level are split as two separate units. The units can be let out separately or the whole house (both units) together.
Waterkloof Guesthouse, a free range ostrich farm, is situated in the scenic vastness of the Southern Cape, near Swellendam and Heidelberg. A few minutes drive will take you to the holiday town of Witsand with its superb beach and fisherman's paradise
The Dairy literally was an old dairy which has been turned into a modern, sunny, spacious accommodation unit. The house looks onto an unfenced farm dam and has great views of the Outeniqua Mountains.
Our goal at ABERNi on Sea is to spoil you with luxury bed-and-breakfast accommodation in Plettenberg Bay, and we offer a choice of intimate en suite rooms or complete self-contained apartments. Fully equipped with all the conveniences of home...
Walk approx 100m to the private access Keurbooms beach. Here you will find a large wooden deck from where you can savour the spectacular panoramic sea view, whales breaching and dolphins dancing across the waves.
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...
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.
The Crow's Nest is a comfy 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment on the 4th floor of an exclusive apartment building in Diaz Beach, Mossel Bay.
Self catering accommodation available in Keurboomstrand on the scenic Garden Route. Accommodates up and till 10 people (5 bedrooms). Also, it includes the following unique facilities and features: patio with built-in braai, lock-up garage, DStv, ...
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.
A newly refurbished self catering house in Hartenbos on the famous Garden Route.
Summer Place is the holiday home of the Bain Family Trust. The downstairs storey is available on a short-term let basis. This ground floor storey is right on the water's edge of the Knysna lagoon. At high tide, there is nearly meter-deep water ...
BAI MOI is a luxury seafront Self Catering house in Rheebok offering spectacular 180 degree views of the ocean, to the East the ocean