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.
Hartenbos - 6 Bulhoek Ave provides self catering accommodation in Hartenbos in the Garden Route, Western Cape. A spacious self catering house (sleeps 8) in the town of Hartenbos, is a quiet safe little town, close to Mossel Bay. About 750m stroll to beach
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...
Wishbone Waters is located in the rural farming area of The Crags, 3km from the N2. Accommodation in the Little Wish self catering cottage will sleep 4 in 2 bedrooms. Local attractions within The Crags (5-7km) include: Birds of Eden, Tenikwa, Monkeyland
Kiewietjie Cottage offers a selection of self catering accommodation in Sedgefield, Garden Route. Located in the beautiful seaside town of Sedgefield and offers guests three comfortable furnished self-catering units. The 2 bedroom units have a view on th
Sinfonie consists of two separate self catering family holiday apartments each with its own entrance and garage. This self catering accommodation is located in Tergniet, a small village between Little Brak River and Great Brak River.
Gourikwa Reserve offers self catering cottages in a resort setting in Gouritsmond in the Mossel Bay area of the Garden Route. Accommodation comprises of 30 self catering units of in various configurations such as 2 sleeper, 4 sleeper and 6 sleeper. We can
Elephant Rest is a private, self catering, tranquil getaway retreat experience. Situated on the edge of the awesome Lawnwood indigenous forest. Experience the peace and beauty of nature, abundant bird life, close to mountain biking, hikes, waterfalls...
Dwarswegstrand Resort is a holiday resort along the Garden Route Coast line between Mossel Bay and George near Great Brak River (Groot Brak Rivier). Here you can relax and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of the coastal resort with direct access to the long
Ibis Place Guesthouse provides bed and breakfast and self catering accommodation in George, Garden Route. Overlooking the Outeniqua Mountains, it is situated in the middle of the Garden Route only 10 minutes from the George CBD and 8 km from George Airpor
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
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
Alikreukel 39 offers self catering apartment accommodation in Hartenbos in the Garden Route, Western Cape. This luxury self catering apartment has two bedrooms; one with a luxurious queen size bed and the other with 2 single beds. The bathroom has a bath
Outeniqua On C offers self catering apartment accommodation in Glentana in the Great Brak River area near George, Garden Route. Our accommodation sleeps a maximum 2 adults and 2 children (under 12); minimum 2 guests. If you want a relaxed holiday in peace
The Fairy Knowe Hotel, affectionately referred to as 'the grand dame' of Wilderness in the Cape's Garden Route has been welcoming guests since 1924. This landmark hotel was renovated in 2021 and is looking gracious and glorious once again!
Vennebos Cottages provides a selection of self catering cottages in a forest setting near Rheenendal, just 15kms from Knysna in the Western Cape's Garden Route. It is the ideal location for those wishing to wind down and get some peace and quiet. Take tim
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...
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
Grace Guest House is a beautifully restored self catering 1850 family farmstead set in serenity on a working farm with 360 degree views of the Outeniqua Mountains and Mossel Bay. The first suite caters for 6 people in two bedrooms...