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.
Our top deck beach cottage is in Spreeu Street and is roughly 800m walk to the beach. You can see beautiful views over Sedgefield including the sea and the Qutwaniqa mountains from the large spacious deck. The cottage sleeps a maximum of 6 people
The Penthouse in Plett is a beautiful, upmarket penthouse located in the heart of the village.
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Five The Sanctuary is on an up-market cluster development in Plettenberg Bay with beautiful sea views and literally a two minute walk onto the stunning Robberg beach.
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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.
Barefoot Lodge is a 4 bedroom fisherman's cottage, situated in the 2nd row at the very popular Point Village Resort in Mossel Bay
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.
Discover a unique warmth and hospitality at this exclusive 4* B&B guest lodge, close to Golf courses & Lagoon in peaceful tranquil setting.Large manicured garden and pool. Ideal for golfers. Off-street parking.Children welcome.Credit card facilities
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.
Nature meets adventure @ Footprints of Knysna. With their own particular brand of hospitality, passion for tourism, open approach and new ideas, Kitty and Danny are giving this tried and trusted accommodation (formerly Forget-me-Not) a fresh new look and
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 ...
A beautiful farm guesthouse overlooking the Outeniqua Mountains in the middle of the Garden Route. We can accommodate up to 40 people on a sharing basis, where you can select one of the following 9 rooms/cottages to suit your requirements...
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Lancelot SA is an upmarket and welcoming Self Catering Apartment, situated very centrally in George on the slopes of the Outeniqua Mountains. It provides a convenient base to explore the beautiful Garden Route for leisure or business.
The estate was proclaimed a private nature reserve in 1995. It is the largest private nature reserve along the entire South African coastline. The Fisherman houses are secluded 2 bedroom (1 x King bed room and 1 x twin bed room) and 1 half bathroom house
We have four en-suite bedrooms with quality linen, underfloor heating and ceiling fans. Guest Lounge with fire place and library is inviting and softly furnished to pamper. Delectable country breakfasts are served in the breakfast room or outside...
Our lovely self catering cottage is situated on a small farm 15 minutes from Plettenberg Bay and 15 minutes from Natures Valley. You will have your own fully fenced private garden over looking a dam covered in water lilies and stunning mountain views