The Garden Route – A Spectacular Scenic Adventure!
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The route stretches from the
beautiful resort of Storms River and the lovely Tsitsikamma forest on the South
Eastern coast of South Africa’s ‘Cape’ provinces to Mossel Bay, close to the
‘Mother City’ at the southernmost point of Africa – Cape Town. It is a renowned
scenic drive, one of the finest in the World.
Along the way you experience lush
green forests and miles of beautiful beaches along a coastline that offers the
best of everything - beauty, entertainment, amazing sightings, wonderful
wildlife and still more to see and do just off the beaten track.
Best visited in the summer season
between September and March, there are many reasons to ensure this is part of
your South African self-guided or guided tour experience. Whether you a golfer,
a surfer, an adrenaline junkie, a wildlife lover, or someone who just wants to
chill, take in sublime scenery, eat the Cape’s finest foods and have endless
fun – the Garden Route has it all!
So let’s take a look at just a few of
the things that can be seen and experienced as you take the drive of your
dreams along the Garden route – a
spectacular motoring adventure!
Vibrant, Beautiful Coastal Towns
All along the way you are tempted
to pull in and take in the sights and great tourist attractions in each of many
coastal resort towns. Just a few of the favourites are:
Knysna – right at the heart of the Garden Route, Knysna
boasts the famed Knysna forests, Knysna Heads, the annual Oyster festival and
the vibrant fun filled waterfront. What makes this place all the more
mysterious is the mystery of the seldom seen, but present Knysna forest
George – one of the largest towns along the Garden
Route, with the Outeniqua Mountains forming a perfect backdrop to this urban
settlement. Do drop in for some shopping at the local Garden Route Mall or
botanical beauty at the local Botanical Garden. This is also the departure
point for domestic flights to the rest of South Africa.
Plettenberg Bay – miles of stunning beaches, hikes, great restaurants and lively
entertainment venues, ‘Plett’ as the locals call it is both a local and
international favourite hangout for the jet setters.
Wilderness - with its lovely laid-back village and forests abuzz with abundant birdlife,
this is a favourite for those seeking peace and tranquility, right on the Touws
River Lagoon and in close proximity to all the activities that the Wilderness
National Park has to offer.
St Francis Bay – an even quieter part of the route – a sublimely beautiful retreat with
white-washed cottages, teeming rock pools and fantastic surf!
Extreme And Leisure Activities Not To Be Missed
There is so much to see and do
along this short 200 kilometre stretch of scenic drive that it’s hard to decide
where to stop, but a few suggestions are these favourites:
A Bungee Jump Off The Bloukrans Bridge – the highest in
Africa at 216 metres!
The Tsitsikamma Forest – beautiful forestry that stretches
for miles – a walk to remember
Wilderness Lagoon and Touws River – Surrounded by
the Wilderness village and nearby beaches, this lagoon and river offers
tourists the perfect place to canoe, swim and hike along its shoreline. The
nearby Wilderness rest camp is also situated on the river.
Knysna Lagoon – an array of water sports and activities and a
visit to the Knysna Heads
Kaaimans Gorge - in the Wilderness National Park - An
abseiler’s dream flight, along an amazing waterfall, only to land in a canoe
Garden Route National Park and crossing
the Storms River Bridge
– from hiking to boat cruises and kayaking, there’s so much to see and do here
The Otter Trail – a world renowned hiking experience, along 43 kilometers of beautiful
beaches and rivers over 4 days
Oudtshoorn – a little off the beaten track, but the famed Ostrich races and the
spectacular Cango Caves nearby, are
worth taking this diversion from the main Garden Route!
We hope this
article on the Garden route –
a spectacular motoring adventure has convinced you to tour our
beautiful land of diversity and amazing experiences. We at Jewel of Africa safaris, as always, can
design a package to cater for your specific needs and we offer this garden
route adventure as part of our many standard packages to the Cape.
Contact us or visit our website
to find out more about our personalised, tailor made Southern African luxury
safari and guided tour experiences.