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.
Cape Footprints offers self catering accommodation in Kleinkranz in Wilderness, Garden Route. Cape Footprints is a modern and spacious self catering house constructed using sandbags. Located conveniently between Knysna and George on South Africa's unique
Avant Beach House offers self catering accommodation in Great Brak River (Groot Brak Rivier). Situated right on the beach at Pienaarstrand, our self catering home enjoys uninterrupted 180 degree sea views of the warm Indian Ocean. This self catering house
Knysna Elephant Park in Harkerville, just outside Plettenberg Bay provides accommodation offering a unique opportunity to interact with these magnificent African elephants. "Sleep-over with elephants". The Parks' elephants enjoy world-class facilities: du
Hartenbos - 6 Bulhoek Ave provides self catering accommodation in Hartenbos in the Garden Route, Western Cape. A spacious self catering house in the town of Hartenbos, is a quiet safe little town, close to Mossel Bay. About 750m stroll to the beach where
Villa Castollini is a five star Tuscan-styled Guest House that overlooks the beautiful Knysna estuarine bay. Perfectly positioned on the western Head of the famous Knysna Heads, in the heart of the Garden Route
Aliwal Suidstraat, Hartenbos provides self catering accommodation in Hartenbos, in the Western Cape's Garden Route. Our self catering accommodation is on a quiet side road and comprises of 4 bedrooms (2 double and 4 single beds) and 2 bathrooms. There is
The White House offers beachfront self catering accommodation in Hartenbos in the Garden Route, Western Cape. At this charming self-catering cottage it is all about the view. It's beach front location presents a spectacular 180° unobstructed ocean vi
Vista Bonita 52 is a self catering apartment in Diaz Beach, Mossel Bay, in the Garden Route, Western Cape. Located on the 10th floor it offers spectacular views over Mossel Bay and the swimming beach at Diaz Beach from the balcony. Accommodation comprises
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.
Pinnacle Point Lodges provides self catering accommodation at the pristine Pinnacle Point Golf Estate, Mossel Bay in the Garden Route. Pinnacle Point Golf Estate is listed as one of the top 10 golf courses in South Africa. The estate offers a wide variety
The Greens Guest House offers guests bed and breakfast accommodation in the heart of the lush Garden Route greenery in the picturesque and popular town of Knysna. An elegant single storey architectural jewel, housing a large open plan living area, eight e
Die Waenhuis Guest House offers bed and breakfast accommodation in Campher's Drift, George, Garden Route. Old World Charm in the Heart of the Garden Route. Our guest house is in the elegant George and close to some outstanding restaurants. Our bed and bre
King Cenric flat no1 offers self catering accommodation in Mossel Bay in the Garden Route, Western Cape. This north facing three bedroom self catering apartment on the ground floor boasts stunning sea views. Right next to the sea, only ±10 meter lawn
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.
Two bedroomed apartment with direct access to the beach and views over the ocean and Mossel Bay
Opstêrs offers self catering accommodation in Still Bay (Stilbaai) in the Cape's Garden Route. The property consists of two living units: the main house (Opstêrs) on the beachfront and a luxurious flat behind the main house. This self catering h
Burrough Place provides bed and breakfast accommodation in George, Garden Route. Situated in Heatherlands, George, in the spectacular Garden Route, Burrough Place is a Guesthouse that is on the main road when entering George from the Outeniqua Pass (N9) s
Witsand Cottage offers self catering accommodation in Witsand in the Garden Route. This gracious 3-bedroomed home (sleeps 6) is situated on the Northern bank of the Breede River at Port Beaufort. It is 1km upstream from the mouth at Witsand. The Breede Ri
Digby Stilbaai Holiday Beach House offers self catering accommodation in the seaside town of Still Bay (Stilbaai). This self catering home (sleeps 14) is situated right on the 5km long golden sandy beach of Still Bay East (Stilbaai East), just behind the