The Garden Route - True Paradise

Garden Route

The Garden Route on the southern coast of South Africa is one of the most scenic and spectacular stretches of coastline in the world – a true paradise. The national highway runs from Cape Town in the east, to Port Elizabeth through the breathtaking Garden Route with its bays, cliffs, white sand beaches, lakes, dense forest and National Parks.

This scenic paradise stretches along approximately 210 km of coastline with its starting point including towns like Riversdale, Stillbaai, Albertinia and ending on the eastern side with Storms River and Tsitsikamma. Some of the other towns that form part of the Garden Route are Mossel Bay, George, Wilderness, Sedgefield, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay.

Slightly inland are a series of mountain ranges that form the border with the Klein Karoo. These ranges include the Langeberg, Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma mountains and add to the varied landscape of the prestine Garden Route.

This region forms an important part of the Cape Floral Kingdom – the smallest of the world’s six floral kingdoms and the only floral kingdom that is confined within the borders of a single country. This region boasts more than 6500 indigenous plant species and many bird and wildlife species offering the visitor a memory of a lifetime. Indigenous plants are a unique mixture of Cape Fynbos and Forest Species and offer a range of eco-tourism activities in the way of hiking, bird watching etc. Nearly 300 species of birdlife are to be found in a variety of habitats ranging from fynbos to forest to wetland. Ten nature reserves embrace the varied eco systems of the area as well as a unique marine reserve home to soft coral reefs, dolphins, seals and a host of other marine life. This region is environmentally sensitive and information around the environment has been included.

The Garden Route has also become sought after for its adrenalin activities. The lakes, forests, oceans and mountains provide a host of activities for the true adventure seeker. Activities include the highest bungy jump in the world at the Bloukrans Bridge, a sheer cliff-face known as Needle Point at Featherbed Nature Reserve, kite surfing, abseiling etc. For a unique eco-wilderness adventure, book a treetop canopy tour in the indigenous Tsitsikamma Forest which involves traversing between platforms suspended in the forest 30 meters apart. Other activities include arts and crafts,mountain biking, hiking, golf, scuba-diving, bird watching, whale watching, and indigenous plant viewing. Couples from all over the world decide to get married in this prestine paradise.

This region is a golfer’s paradise, with many world-class golf courses between Plettenberg Bay and Mossel Bay. These include Simola Golf Course, Knysna Golf Club, Pezula Championship Course, Goose Valley, Oubaai and Fancourt in George.

It enjoys a Mediterranean climate with warm summers and mild winters and one of the highest rainfall regions in South Africa with the rain being brought by the humid sea winds from the Indian Ocean.

The Garden Route offers a range of accommodation options - hotels, B&Bs, self catering, guest houses, backpackers etc.

This renowned scenic and adventure route and has something to offer all ages and budgets. The Garden Route is basically South Africa in a nutshell – adventure, culture, scenic beauty, wildlife, spectacular beaches, multi–ethnic food and lots more.

We have also included information on kids and family holidays in the Garden Route and valuable tips to make the trip more fun .... kids and family travel

Are you looking for a budget holiday - we have also included information on cheap holidays in the Garden Route and valuable tips....... Budget Travel deals

Are you a pensioner and retired - we have also included information on accommodation facilities that offer deals for pensioners ...... Pensioners Travel Deals

This is a prestine area and certain establishments focus on eco tourism and providing accommodation that is environmentally friendly ......Eco friendly accommodation and things to do

We have establishments that are owned by gay couples or are gay friendly......Gay friendly accommodation

Tell us about your experiences in the Garden Route and send us some pictures and a story. We will include this on the website to inspire others to travel and experience the beautiful area

If you appreciate the beauty of nature and you would like to visit South Africa, you really have to explore South African National Parks, or at least some of them. You have the chance to perform a wide range of amazing activities in these National Parks, from bush walks, game viewing and exposure to historical and cultural experiences to canoeing, mountain biking, river rafting, fishing, hiking and even horse riding.

Whether you arrive in this part of the world for business or for pleasure, you have to put all of your worries and concerns away and enjoy each and every moment spent in South Africa.

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