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 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.
Milkwood Cottage offers self catering house accommodation in the Island suburb of Great Brak River (Groot Brak Rivier) in the Cape's Garden Route. This relaxing self-catering home is tucked away in a quiet green valley in the seaside village of Hersham, G
Inyathi Guest Lodge provides self catering accommodation in Knysna, Garden Route. Our fully equipped self-catering chalets are situated in a highly convenient central location, but down a quiet side street away from the hustle and bustle, just two street
Gouriqua Apartment 101 offers a self catering apartment in Mossel Bay Town, Garden Route, Western Cape. situated in the CBD of Mossel Bay within walking distance to the beach. Step out of the building, cross the road and walk through the historical granar
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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,
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
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
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 ...
Esperanza Countryside Accommodation provides beautiful countryside self catering accommodation in George, Garden Route. You can watch the beautiful 360 degree sunset on your doorstep. We offer a tranquil and safe haven in the Geelhoutboom area - the most
Nagenoeg Beach Cottage provides front-row beachfront self catering accommodation in Herolds Bay, George area, Garden Route. Awake to the sound of the ocean in this charming cottage! Nagenoeg Beach Cottage is set right on the beachfront with magnificent se
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
Headlands House provides bed and breakfast accommodation in Knysna, Garden Route. Located in the area known as The Heads, Headlands House boasts dramatic views of the sea and the Knysna Heads. Managed with uncompromising quality of service and attention t
Oniro On Thesen offers self catering accommodation in Knysna, Garden Route. Located in Thesen Islands and designed for relaxed, easy indoor/outdoor living with large veranda with uninterrupted view of Knysna lagoon and wetlands. The ground floors and all
Fairways Apartment offers self catering accommodation at the Mossel Bay Golf Estate, Mossel Bay, Garden Route. Whether you are planning to visit the world renowned Garden Route or you are planning to play golf, look no further. Fairways can sleep 4 guests
A' Maisonette offers self catering accommodation at the Golf Estate and Nature Reserve in Mossel Bay, Garden Route. Situated on an enchanting semi-links, par 72 golf course - where you see the sea from every tee. The two-bedroom apartment and the estate h
Estoril Villas (security complex), modern, self-catering apartment at the popular Diaz Strand, Mossel Bay. This six sleep is a mere 200m from the beach.
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
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...
De Branders 40 offers front row, on the beach self catering accommodation in Hartenbos in the Garden Route, Western Cape. Hartenbos is located on the outskirts of Mossel Bay with George, Oubaai and Fancourt a 30min drive away. This self catering apartment