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.
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...
We offer comfortable accommodation in five historic buildings namely the "Police Station", "Post Office", "School", "House of Sin" and "Welsch House". These buildings date back to 1860 and once formed the heart of the bustling town of Herold...
Relax and enjoy your holiday in this comfortable and well-appointed self-catering cottage on the Island in Sedgefield.
Plett Beachfront Accommodation offers comfortable, tastefully decorated en-suite accommodation, right on Plettenberg Bay's Central Beach, the safest of the town's swimming beaches.
The Beach Cottage has 3 units available - Oribaai / Oppibaai & Bydibaai in Buffelsbaai that is located in the heart of the Garden Route, 15km from Knysna and Sedgefield. This isolated tranquil village only 200 houses allowed, has supreme safe beaches for
Acornhill Self Catering Accommodation is situated in the small historic town of Knysna, in the heart of the Garden Route. Voted South Africa's favourite town, Knysna lies on the shores of an estuary between indigenous forests, Outeniqua mountains ...
Nectar Cottage sleeps up to 10 people and has 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a hot outside shower, and is fully equipped. Located beachside inside the Tsitsikamma National Park Nectar has a large, private garden with BBQ. The pearl of the Garden Route!
The Dunes in Keurboomstrand, Western Cape is a 2 Bedroom 2 bathroom luxury loft unit. The delightful and attractive duplex unit provides spacious, relaxed self-catering accommodation in secure garden surroundings.
The apartment has double, shaded parking on street level, a living area in the middle and 3 bedrooms on the lower level which can accommodate 8 people. The two double bedrooms open directly onto a small patio and grass and then the whole ocean ...
A modern built private cottage in Hartenbos on the famous Garden Route. 2 Bedrooms with 1 bathroom (4 Persons) OR 3 Bedrooms with 2 bathrooms (6 Persons).
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...
We have 4 self-catering suites. All are open-plan with en-suite bathrooms, fully equipped kitchenettes,TV with M-Net and selected DStv channels. They are ideal for couples, however 2 suites are able to accommodate up to 4 people sharing...
This is the perfect holiday house (8 sleeper) to spend a relaxed carefree holiday in Sedgefield.The house has a spacious open plan living area, 4 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms and a well equipped kitchen. A large covered patio onto a garden allows you
Kostaplenti is situated in Nature's Valley which is surrounded by indigenous forest, mountains, lagoon and the sea. It comprises of 2 units which can be rented separately. Kostaplenti is uniquely placed 30 meters from the beach.
In the heart of the Cape Garden Route, on the edge of the ocean and amidst glorious fynbos, you find this luxurious secluded holiday home. Situated in a private nature reserve within 20 minutes from George Airport ...
Brenton-on-Sea is a friendly and safe neighbourhood, where you will frequently encounter free-roaming bushbuck. Although the apartment doesn't have sea views, these can be enjoyed from many viewpoints, including the well-maintained Fisherman's Walk, a pat
A 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, beach front, self catering apartment with a spectacular view over the ocean at Mossel Bay
Kelkiewyn, a self catering family holiday apartment consist of two separate units each with its own entrance and parking bay in Kusweg (Coast Road), Tergniet.
The unit is a 2 bedroomed flat under the main house in Danabay
Self catering cottage situated on a lovely farm in the Outeniqua Mountains, just 15 km from Klein Brak, Mossel Bay in the direction of the Robertson pass. An ideal spot for nature lovers. Accommodation sleeps 4