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.
Self catering three bedroom cottage ( sleeps 8) with direct access to the beach in secure complex with swimming pool.
This comfortable, fully equipped, spacious self- catering beachfront family home outside Plettenberg Bay consists of 5 bedrooms. The house also has an immense tiled deck that surrounds it on 3 sides.
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.
Our apartments are located in the luxurious Pinnacle Point Golf Estate, Mossel Bay. Pinnacle Point Golf Estate is listed as one of the top 10 golf courses in South Africa.
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...
Situated in a protected nature reserve perched high on the cliffs and surrounded by forest, fynbos and ocean this is an ideal hideaway for those seeking peace and tranquility.
Beachfront Selfcatering Accommodation situated in Witsand offers a big house with various groundfloor units, Right in front of the house is the beach.
The SONDEL Beach House, located in a quiet suburb, is a large luxury holiday home, tastefully decorated and situated a mere 160 meters from Solar Beach, Robberg Plettenberg Bay. This stretch of coast line falls along South Africa's splendid...
Estoril Villas (security complex), modern, self-catering apartment at the pupular Diaz Strand, Mossel Bay, Southern Cape, South Africa (sleep 6 persons).
The Dunes Resort is a 4 star RCI gold crown resort, on the Garden Route 5 km from Plettenberg Bay. Unit 70 is a 2-bedroom duplex unit provides spacious, relaxed self-catering accommodation in a security resort, sleeping 4-6.
Chateau Anri LaMer is a self catering home situated on the banks of the Swartvlei lagoon at the lovely town of Sedgefield in the heart of the garden route. Sedgefield has three lovely beaches and also offers safe swimming in the lagoon mouth...
Nestled in the foothills of the Tsitsikamma Mountains, Cashel Cottage is the perfect place to relax and explore the many delights of The Crags, Plettenberg Bay, Natures Valley and the Garden Route.
We offer you private accommodation in an upmarket tranquil suburb of George. Ideally suited for a family, or the guest who seeks peace and quiet. Accommodation is large, modern and, comfortable.
Seaside Cottage is exactly that. A double story wooden Cottage set on the shoreline of the mystical Wilderness and can sleep five.
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 ...
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.
Cape Footprints a self Catering Cottage in Wilderness, Garden Route, Western Cape, South Africa is a spacious modern house constructed using sandbags in the image of two footprints.
The house is situated in the Oubaai Golf Estate in Herolds Bay and is self-catering. It is only 5 minutes drive from George International Airport.
The Old Trading Post - Guests can book either on a Bed & Breakfast, Self-catering or Bed only basis, depending on the room chosen. Braai facilities are available. Children and pets are welcome.
Nou Toe Nou self catering flatlet in Tergniet, a suburb of Great Brak River.