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.
Estoril Villas (security complex), modern, self-catering apartment at the popular Diaz Strand, Mossel Bay. This six sleep is a mere 200m from the beach.
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.
A' Maisonette offers self catering accommodation at the Golf Estate and Nature Reserve in Mossel Bay, Garden Route. Situated on an enchanting semi-links, par 72 golf course - where you see the sea from every tee. The two-bedroom apartment and the estate h
Acornhill offers visitors to Knysna, Garden Route with self catering accommodation. Voted South Africa's favourite town, Knysna lies on the shores of an estuary between indigenous forests, Outeniqua mountains and a breathtaking coastline. With so much to
African Sun Guest House provides bed and breakfast accommodation and self catering accommodation in George, Garden Route. African Sun offers a relaxing atmosphere and a beautiful view of the Outeniqua mountains, it is a small holding where guests can walk
We offer a beautiful, private and fully equipped luxury apartment with an open plan lounge, kitchen, two bedrooms and a bathroom. All with a spectacular view. The lounge leads onto a covered wooden deck with gasbraai facilities, pool table and a ...
Bella Manga offers comfortable, clean, well-equipped accommodation in a unique country setting. All our rooms offer en-suite bathrooms, heaters & fans, a fridge and coffee & tea facilities.On-site entertainment includes two swimming pools, a guest lou
La Gare 202 provides good cost effective self catering accommodation in Hartenbos, just north of Mossel Bay in the Garden Route, Western Cape. If you are seeking a fantastic holiday destination with easy access to Oudtshoorn (Ostrich farm and Cango Caves)
If you need a break-away to an elegant and romantic setting, we are ready to treat you and your loved one, in our brand new lodge! Some of the rooms has entrance to a balcony, where you have an exquisite view, over the tree tops with rich birdlife and...
Bird Cottage offers self catering accommodation in Sedgefield in the Garden Route. Bird Cottage is spacious and comfortable with all mod-cons including an automatic washing machine. The bedroom has an en-suite bathroom. Also a lounge/dining room with slee
Cliffhanger Cottage provides self catering chalet accommodation near Knysna, Garden Route. Situated off the Rheenendal Road in an area known as Phantom Acre, it is very private yet only 15 minutes to the centre of Knysna and a good swimming beach. This lu
There are five individually decorated bedrooms all of which have there own private entrance. All have ensuite bathrooms with fridge, tea and real coffee, TV, a safe, fans for the summer and heating for the winter. Breakfast is served on the ...
Dancing Dolphins offers self catering apartment accommodation in Vleesbaai in the Garden Route. Vleeisbaai is a seaside town a short drive south-west from Mossel Bay. This self catering flat (sleeps 4) is fully equipped and has two rooms - one with a doub
De Branders Apartment 45 provides self catering apartment accommodation in Hartenbos in the Garden Route, Western Cape. The self catering apartment is situated right on the beachfront with uninterrupted sea views. Accommodation comprises of 2 bedrooms (sl
Nagenoeg Beach Cottage provides front-row beachfront self catering accommodation in Herolds Bay, George area, Garden Route. Awake to the sound of the ocean in this charming cottage! Nagenoeg Beach Cottage is set right on the beachfront with magnificent se
The first suite caters for 6 people in two bedrooms (also sleeper couch in lounge). One bedroom with queen size bed, the other with two single beds with 2 bathrooms, kitchen, lounge and private braai stoep. The second suite caters for 4 people...
Argyle B1 provides self catering apartment accommodation in Mossel Bay, Garden Route, Western Cape. This north-facing apartment is located in Mossel Bay, halfway between the historic Point Village and the eastern end of the Mossel Bay harbour. Accommodati
We welcome you to our guesthouse, which has modern and highly equipped double rooms, in best position of Plettenberg Bay. We settled down in a quiet side street in which one is protected against the wind. Robberg Island, the ...
Headlands House provides bed and breakfast accommodation in Knysna, Garden Route. Located in the area known as The Heads, Headlands House boasts dramatic views of the sea and the Knysna Heads. Managed with uncompromising quality of service and attention t
Inyathi Guest Lodge provides self catering accommodation in Knysna, Garden Route. Our fully equipped self-catering chalets are situated in a highly convenient central location, but down a quiet side street away from the hustle and bustle, just two street