Garden Route

Garden Route Garden Route - South Africa

This stretch of coast from Mossel Bay up to Tsitsikamma has been billed a ’Taste of Eden’. The Garden Route has mystical forests, wetlands, immaculate beaches and narrow snaking passes that dissect imposing mountains. Take the really, honestly, we do not kid you, breathtaking Outeniqua Pass inland to Oudtshoorn in the Klein Karoo. Outeniqua is a San name meaning place of honey. Try not to miss them they are really deliciously beautiful.

What to see and do

  • Adrenalin and adventure

    The Garden Route can facilitate as many adrenalin fixes as the human body can cope with. The Bloukrans Bungee is the highest in the world at 216m. The Gouritz Bungee just outside Mossel Bay is a modest 65m high. Abseil above raging waters at the Heads in Knysna or dive to the sunken ship, The Paquita. Skydive in Plettenberg Bay or Mossel Bay. Head off to Storms River to do a zipline adventure high above the ground in the forest canopy. Optionally there’s quad-biking, horse riding, mountain biking and other less extreme activities.

    If you’re on a budget, there’s plenty of free day walks and beaches....plenty of beaches.

  • The Whale Nursery

    Witsand sees the largest migration of Southern Right whales into the bay in winter. Whale moms-to-be journey here to calve where the newborns are sheltered from the elements and sharks.

  • The Heads & Knysna Lagoon

    Knysna is tucked away between the Outeniqua Mountains and a wide lagoon. 'The Heads', soaring monoliths, guard the bay and the treacherous waters that lead to the ocean.

  • Surfing

    The Garden Route has a good selection of waves for pros and beginners. Mossel Bay waves are famous for for their consistency. Victoria Bay is popular with locals and Buffalo Bay has beach breaks for beginners.

  • Tsitsikamma National Park

    An 80km long coastal strip between Nature's Valley and the mouth of the Storms River. The luxuriant forest is old, untouched and rich in plant life. Antelope and monkeys can be spotted.

Garden Route tours and adrenalin activities

George

George from Outeniqua Pass

George is nestled at the foot of the Outeniqua’s, those beautiful mountains whose name means place of honey, yum, they are rather deliciously beautiful. From this junction town, you can head over the mountains to the Klein Karoo or along the Garden Route on the N2. or get a budget flight to Johannesburg and Cape Town. In George you can also see The Oteniqua Transport Museum which houses the largest collection of steam locomotives and carriages, dating back to the glorious age of steam.

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Klein Brak

Klein Brak

Klein Brak is a tranquil lagoon-side village within short distance from Mossel Bay and a private game reserve. The town has a good swimming beach and boasts amazing bird and marine life.

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Knysna

Knysna A small town with big things to offer, Knysna has an extensive Rastafarian community which provides a good opportunity to learn more about this very colourful culture. In a great location between the forested mountains and a lagoon, Knysna, which means forest of ferns in San is a busy town with many good restaurants (oysters are a local specialty) and interesting shopping. The lagoon is a water-world playground with a bustling waterfront so get your water gear on and start playing.

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Mossel Bay

Mossel Bay

The historical capital of the Garden Route, Mossel bay has many museums in town. There is the Maritime museum, which is focused on sailing and ships of back in the days of discovery. The replica of Bartholomew Diaz‘s ship Caravel is here; he sailed into Mossel Bay with this ship in 1488. The shell museum is a collection of shells that demonstrate how they were used as tools many bygone centuries ago, oh to have an electric drill. The Post Office is estimated to be more than 800 years old; it has been declared a national monument. We love this fact because we don’t have a lot of “old mother hen buildings” in South Africa. Apart from historical buildings and history, you can also enjoy some water sports in Mossel bay.

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Plettenberg Bay

Plettenberg Bay The African version of San Tropez, Plett is blessed with mild weather throughout the year. Here you find bronzed goddesses worshiping the sun on golden beaches, please don’t be shy if you’re not bronze yet, if you can think it, you can be it.

Sunset heralds the start of long nights reveling in sophisticated bars and clubs. Head on over to market on main, for a wonderful food experience and on some days it is accompanied by live music

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Stormsriver Village

Stormsriver BridgeThis is a small village that refuses to stay little. There is so much to do here you might stay longer than you intended. It is close to the Tsitsikamma National Park and the Bloukrans River, where the bungee jump is.  This beautiful hot spot offers zip line forest canopy tours (swinging from tree to tree in a forest), river rafting, forest hikes, water tubing, bungee jumping, the opportunities for exploration and adventure are endless do not miss out.

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The Crags

The CragsThe Crags gets its name from the sheer rock faces of the Tsitsikamma Mountains.The area is lush, with streams, rivers and small pockets of forest that are bulging, overflowing and teeming with active, loud animal life. If you like birds, animals, mountain biking or hiking this is your nature spot. So move your feet go on that hike, get on that mountain bike and explore. You can also take a drive along the scenic Nature’s Valley Road.

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Wilderness

Wilderness

The long beaches and splendid dunes of Wilderness have attracted holidaymakers since the late 1800’s. Fresh water lakes and forests along the coastline from Wilderness to Knysna make for an interesting and scenic drive.

 

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Witsand

Witsand

Witsand is the maternity ward and nursery for Southern Right Whales in the winter season. In 2006, 141 including 69 calves sheltered in St. Sebastian Bay. This tranquil little fishing village is a well-kept secret because it’s 30 kms off the N2.

 
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