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.
This three bedroom unit is in a security complex on the beachfront of Diaz Beach between Hartenbos and Mosselbay on the Garden Route. It is elevated on a dune barely an arms length from the beach. Beautiful white sand and swimming beach stretches for seve
Elfransa Beach Cottage is situated on the front row of Myoli Beach in Sedgefield, 150m from the main swimming area and whale-watching platform.
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 property in Stillbay consists of two living units: the main house (Opstêrs) on the beachfront and a luxurious flat behind the main house.
The River Club Villas is a sought after complex in Plettenberg Bay. This well appointed open plan 3 bedroom all en-suite garden unit is ideal for the family getaway. Only 10 minute walk to Beacon Island beach.
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
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).
De Branders is situated on the sea shore.George, Oubaai and Fancourt within 30min drive. 2 bedrooms, DStv, Transport to and from airport, Sea view from lounge, main bedroom and balcony.
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.
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 ...
Situated in a security estate. This comfortable, furnished and spotlessly clean apartment offers 1 bedroom with a double bed and a bedsitter/kitchenette with 2 single beds, bathroom with shower. The whole house can also be rented out for extra accommodati
This big 6 bedroom 3 bathroom house offers you a fantastic holiday or weekend breakaway venue for the family and friends. Situated right on the 5km long golden sandy beach of Stilbaai East, just behind the main blue flag swimming area.
Two bedroomed apartment with direct access to the beach and views over the ocean and Mossel Bay
Cliffhanger is a luxurious self catering timber chalet perched on the edge of a steep drop into a forested valley with sweeping, un-spoilt views of the Outeniqua Mountains. The Hedge cottage is affordable accommodation in a lovely garden setting.
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.
If you want a relaxed holiday in peaceful and quiet surroundings with a pristine sandy beach just 50 meters away, "Outeniqua on C" is just the place for you. We are situated in the picturesque village of Outeniqua Strand (Glentana),
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...
This is very tranquil accommodation, situated on the northern side of the Knysna lagoon with its natural ebb and flow of the tide and is part of a natural bird sanctuary. Best value for money accommodation!
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...
45 De Branders has 2 bedrooms; includes beach towels; DStv; transport to and from airport; sea view from lounge, main bedroom and balcony; smoking on balcony. Nearby facilities include fishing trips, a game resort and an amusement park...