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.
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.
We have 4 self-catering suites. All are open-plan with en-suite bathrooms, fully equipped kitchenettes,TV with M-Net and selected DStv channels. They are ideal for couples, however 2 suites are able to accommodate up to 4 people sharing...
Vista Bonita NR 52 is in a block of flat on the 10th floor with a spectacular view over Mossel Bay and the Swimming Beach from the stoep.
A beautiful farm guesthouse overlooking the Outeniqua Mountains in the middle of the Garden Route. We can accommodate up to 40 people on a sharing basis, where you can select one of the following 9 rooms/cottages to suit your requirements...
The house is situated in Boggomsbaai, Mossel Bay, sleeps 12 people. There are four double rooms. Three on the middle floor, the main with an en suite bathroom and one downstairs with it's own bathroom. Enjoy long walks on the beach...
Holiday log home with a magnificent view at Keurboomstrand. Overlooking the bay up to Roberg. Sleeping 8 people in 3 bedrooms. Two with double beds one with 4 single beds stacked.
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...
Nestled between Plettenberg Bay and Nature's Valley, in The Crags, in the Garden Route, The Carraighs offers guests a truly relaxing stay in an indigenous forest, with spectacular birdlife.
Diaz View is an absolute beachfront 3 bedroom self-catering apartment with amazing views over the ocean and Mossel Bay.
Aloe Ridge is situated halfway between Dias Beach and Hartenbos. The units can accommodate 4 people and are very neat and comfortably furnished to ensure that you will enjoy a relaxed holiday.
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
Nestled in the foothills of the Tsitsikamma Mountains, Cashel Cottage is the perfect place to relax and explore the many delights of The Crags, Plettenberg Bay, Natures Valley and the Garden Route.
The apartment has double, shaded parking on street level, a living area in the middle and 3 bedrooms on the lower level which can accommodate 8 people. The two double bedrooms open directly onto a small patio and grass and then the whole ocean ...
Chateau Anri LaMer is a self catering home situated on the banks of the Swartvlei lagoon at the lovely town of Sedgefield in the heart of the garden route. Sedgefield has three lovely beaches and also offers safe swimming in the lagoon mouth...
Islandwood offers a self-catering unit, housed on the ground floor of a wooden house. The accommodation is perfect for two adults, plus two children/adults (in the bunk beds), the bathroom being accessible from both bedroom and living area....
The Beach Shack is a small simple fisherman's holiday cottage situated right on the beach on a coastal farm on the South Cape Coast. It is about 3,5 hours away from Cape Town and lies halfway between Witsands and Stilbay.
Self catering three bedroom cottage ( sleeps 8) with direct access to the beach in secure complex with swimming pool.
If you need a break-away to an elegant and romantic setting, we are ready to treat you and your loved one, in our brand new lodge! Some of the rooms has entrance to a balcony, where you have an exquisite view, over the tree tops with rich birdlife and...
The Dunes Resort is a 4 star RCI gold crown resort, on the Garden Route 5 km from Plettenberg Bay. Unit 70 is a 2-bedroom duplex unit provides spacious, relaxed self-catering accommodation in a security resort, sleeping 4-6.