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.
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.
No 6 Beach Road, is situated in Herolds Bay, in the heart of the Garden Route. The self-catering apartment sleeps 8
Set in the heart of the Garden Route, this self catering facility in Brenton-on-Sea, just outside Knysna, offers breath-taking views of the valley and is within walking distance of the beach - great fishing and swimming spots.
This is a private and luxurious, upstairs Self-catering Apartment that overlooks the Swartvlei Lagoon and sleeps 2 people. This accommodation is ideally suited for overseas visitors with longer stays in mind.
Self-catering holiday accommodation in Mossel Bay, opposite De Bakke beach and walking distance from Santos beach.
Elephant Rest is a private, 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, rivers for...
African Sun offers a relaxing atmosphere and a beautiful view of the Outeniqua mountains, it is a small holding where guests can walk through the rose garden or sit out in the rose garden under an umbrella and read while you are served with a cup of
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 ...
Family holiday home situated in cul-de-sac on front dunes at Stilbaai. Living room with television and open plan kitchen which overlooks the ocean. Six bedrooms, four with double beds, two with two single beds each, sleeps ten people.
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.
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.
This three bedroom house is set in a secluded area of the River Club, Plettenberg Bay. There is a great family atmosphere with a pool, tennis courts and squash courts on site...
Quantum Lights offers you a self-catering flat in Pirates Creek a security village, situated on the Touws River. Come and enjoy our peaceful surroundings and spectacular sunsets.
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.
This stylish, up market, self catering 2 bedroom 2 bathroom apartment boasts all the creature comforts the holiday maker deserves. The dining area has space for 8 people and is situated inthe centre of the apartments open plan layout allowing you ...
Enjoy your elephant sleep-over in unique accommodation overlooking the boma; or spend the evening relaxing in the communal lounge, watching the elephants browse, feed and snooze...
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.
Kelkiewyn Beach House is a spacious home with three bedrooms, dining room, kitchen, full bathroom with shower and living area facing the sea.
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!
Direct access from the Manor to the beach, lagoon and ocean offers guests a unique location and experience. Most of the 11 en-suite bedrooms in this Georgian-styled delightful 4-star guest house have a private balcony and exquisite, uninterrupted...