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.
Serendipity Coastal Lodge offers self catering accommodation in Ballots Bay, Wilderness, Garden Route. Located in a Private Nature Reserve in Ballots Bay, between George and Wilderness. Serendipity Lodge is a luxury log home with spectacular sea and moun
Sea Cottage 126 provides self catering accommodation in Diaz Beach, Mossel Bay in the Western Cape's Garden Route. This three bedroom self catering unit is in a security complex on the Diaz Beach beachfront, between Hartenbos and Mossel Bay. Elevated on a
Blue Whale Resort provides coastal self catering accommodation in George, Garden Route. Blue Whale Resort offers fully equipped self catering luxurious chalets, located on the seafront only 10km from George central, 17km from George Airport, only 6km from
Vasbyt Bo offers self catering apartment accommodation In Hartenbos in the Garden Route, Western Cape. This self catering 2nd floor apartment has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. It's above the road level position ensures ocean views from living room, kitchen,
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
This exclusive luxury holiday villa with its breathtaking views offers exclusive self-catering accommodation and is ideally situated to offer privacy as well as convenience. Spacious, airy & open plan living area flowing out onto a large, sunny pool.
The Beach Shack offers "on the beach" self catering accommodation in Vermaalklikheid, in the Garden Route. The Beach Shack (sleeps 8) is a small simple fisherman's holiday cottage on a coastal farm on the South Cape Coast. It is about 3,5 hours away from
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
Oakhurst is one of the original large properties of the Garden Route situated in the Wilderness district, near George. There are 11 different self catering units available.
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.
Golf Villa - Pinnacle Point offers self catering accommodation in Pinnacle Point, Mossel Bay in the Western Cape's Garden Route. This privately owned holiday villa is situated in the pristine Pinnacle Point Golf Estate. It is a self catering duplex unit w
Te Waterkant 9 provides self catering apartment accommodation in Diaz Beach in Mossel Bay, Garden Route. This spacious ground floor beachfront apartment situated is adjacent to the main beach and waterpark at Diaz Beach. This fully equipped self-catering
Brenton-on-Sea is a friendly and safe neighbourhood, where you will frequently encounter free-roaming bushbuck. Although the apartment doesn't have sea views, these can be enjoyed from many viewpoints, including the well-maintained Fisherman's Walk, a pat
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
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
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
Harties@Sea provides self catering accommodation in Hartenbos in the Garden Route, Western Cape. This beautiful cottage is situated in Hartenbos, home of ATKV, which is situated in the Mossel Bay Local Municipality, has its own entrance and private access
We offer a beautiful, private and fully equipped luxury apartment with an open plan lounge, kitchen, two bedrooms and a bathroom. All with a spectacular view. The lounge leads onto a covered wooden deck with gasbraai facilities, pool table and a ...
La Palma Villa C12 is a self catering apartment in Diaz Beach, Mossel Bay in the Garden Route. This self catering accommodation is located in a secure complex. There is an elevator in the apartment block as well as full access control and security around
Nou Toe Nou offers self catering flatlet accommodation in Tergniet, a suburb of Great Brak River (Groot Brak Rivier) in the Mossel Bay area of the Garden Route. Our 2-bedroom self catering flatlet (sleeps 4) is located just 5km from Great Brak River (Groo