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.
Situated it the aptly named suburb of Rexford in Knysna, Rexford Manor is a sumptuously appointed guesthouse, with spectacular, high level views of the historical town of Knysna and the picturesque lagoon.
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
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
The cottage sleeps 8 (2 double beds and 4 single beds). Fully equipped kitchen (dishwasher, washing machine, stove and oven, microwave, kettle, toaster) DStv in TV room, lounge and dining room. Barbeque facilities outside on stoep and deck.
The Dunes Resort Unit 125 is a delightful and attractive 2-bedroom duplex unit provides spacious, relaxed self-catering accommodation in a security resort, sleeping 4-6. Less than a 10-minute walk to the beautiful open beach...
Die Waenhuis Guest House is in the elegant Caledon Street within walking distance of the business center of George and some outstanding restaurants. Ideal for business people and tourists visiting the garden route.
Walk approx 100m to the private access Keurbooms beach. Here you will find a large wooden deck from where you can savour the spectacular panoramic sea view, whales breaching and dolphins dancing across the waves.
Ocean Watch Guest House is perfectly nestled against the coastal hillside of the beautiful Plettenberg Bay, an ideal spot to enjoy whale and dolphin watching.
Santos Beach Self Catering Flat is situated right in front of the famous Santos Beach, in the coastal town of Mossel Bay. Activities right on your doorstep includes swimming, fishing, snorkelling, whale and dolphin watching
Oumas Vila is a large 6 bedroomed house and can sleep up to twelve people. We do not hire it out to more than one party of people at the time. The house is situated in a quite part of town in historical Fourie street. The herritage foundation ...
Rustverseker is centrally located in George and offers quality accommodation for business travelers, overnight guests and holidaymakers. It is close to several shops, restaurants, the N2 and a variety of attractions.
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.
"Lazydays" Self Catering Cottage is situated in the idyllic, coastal village of Nature's Valley and is surrounded by the Tsistikamma National Park and the warm Indian Ocean.
Enjoy the best of both worlds! Wake up in our tranquil valley where the Yellowbills paddle up the river and the Egyptian Geese fly overhead. All the rooms in this luxury B&B overlook the Bitou River.
Nature meets adventure @ Footprints of Knysna. With their own particular brand of hospitality, passion for tourism, open approach and new ideas, Kitty and Danny are giving this tried and trusted accommodation (formerly Forget-me-Not) a fresh new look and.
Come and enjoy your self catering getaway in a lock up and go duplex townhouse in secure complex. This self catering unit sleeps 8 and consists of 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, two of which is en-suite. Bed linen supplied. The main bedroom has...
The flat is fully equipped and has two rooms - one with a double bed and the other with two single beds. The flat can accommodate 4 people and is within walking distance of the beach.
This superb holiday home on Thesen Islands is designed for relaxed, easy indoor/outdoor living with large veranda with uninterrupted view of Knysna lagoon and wetlands. The ground floors and all bedrooms have high rafted ceilings, an open plan Lou
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.
The Beach House Self Catering Apartments is the original site of the Beach House Hotel which was demolished in 1974 to build this home. It has been in the Krause family since then...