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.
A cozy apartment that can accommodate up to 4 guests at a time and only 500m walking distance from Diaz main beach and the popular waterworld.
There are 2 cottages available. The Kingfisher Corner is comfortably furnished and has a good view towards the mountains and the estuary. The Other Corner is more beach cottage, and has everything you would need, including an outstanding view over the lag
Enjoy your elephant sleep-over in unique accommodation overlooking the boma; or spend the evening relaxing in the communal lounge, watching the elephants browse, feed and snooze...
Book now for an unforgettable vacation in this well situation apartment in Plettenberg Bay the jewel of the Garden Route. The apartment has three Bedrooms - Main en-suite with king size bed. 2nd bedroom queen size bed and balcony. 3rd bedroom has...
Wharf 13 is a luxury self-catering apartment on the banks of the Hartenbos River at the Riviera Hotel in Hartenbos. Here you will enjoy stunning views and peaceful atmosphere. This is a beautifully decorated luxury 3 bedroom apartment equipped...
Double-storey self catering house for a family or group of friends in Hartenbos, sleeping 7. It is close to shops, restaurants, attractions, activities and is within walking distance of the beach (approximately 850m).
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...
This stylish, contemporary holiday home with stunning views of the Knysna Lagoon and Knysna Heads is perfectly appointed for those wishing for a beautiful venue from which to explore Knysna.
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...
Family holiday home situated in cul-de-sac on front dunes at Stilbaai. Living room with television and open plan kitchen which overlooks the ocean. Six bedrooms, four with double beds, two with two single beds each, sleeps ten people.
De Branders is situated on the sea shore.George, Oubaai and Fancourt within 30min drive. 2 bedrooms, DStv, Transport to and from airport, Sea view from lounge, main bedroom and balcony.
In the tranquil beauty of 10 hectares of private land, and surrounded by indigenous forest, Malachite Country House treats the eye with breathtaking views over the Outeniqua Mountains to the north and the Indian Ocean to the south...
Villa Philippe 12, Uppercross street Mossel Bay, also know as *Nunki*, provides a spacious, modern, comfortable stay, for an unforgettable holiday. Host maximum 4 people. Splendid ocean and mountain views.
Aloe Ridge is situated halfway between Dias Beach and Hartenbos. The units can accommodate 4 people and are very neat and comfortably furnished to ensure that you will enjoy a relaxed holiday.
The four star self catering Gouriqua Apartment 101 is situated in the CBD of Mossel Bay within walking distance to the beach. 101 Is a ground floor unit with three bedrooms / two bathrooms to accommodate seven (six private) guests.
North facing Three Bedroom Apartment on the ground floor with stunning sea views in Mossel Bay. Right next to the sea, only ±10 meter lawn between the sea and the unit.
This is a luxurious self catering holiday apartment . Oubaai is the ultimate destination for a relaxing stay on the Garden route and is the ideal getaway for golfers, birders, loafers, surfers and the rest. Something for all...
Vasbyt Bo self catering apartment situated in Hartenbos has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.
Blue Whale Resort is rated three stars with the 'South African Tourism Grading Council' and offers fully equipped self-catering luxurious chalets, located on the seafront only 10km from George central