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Garden Route

The Garden Route is the name given to the scenic coastal region from Mossel Bay to Plettenberg Bay. Here mountains crowd close to the coastline, covered with ancient yellowwood forests around Tsitsikamma and Storms River, some of the last untouched primordial forests in South Africa. There are the placid estuaries and lagoons of Knysna, famous for its oysters and fun festivals. Just inland behind the mountains lies the start of the Great Karoo, a semi-desert region which was the centre of the ostrich industry. The coastal region is lush with native fynbos plants which are not found anywhere else on Earth. This is what gives this stretch of coastline the name the Garden Route.

The Garden Route is often considered a great place for those looking for an adventure vacation. Visitors can bungee jump one of the highest bungees in the world off the Bloukraans Bridge. They can go zip lining through crags and gorges or the canopy of ancient forests. Or perhaps they can go white water rafting or surfing at renowned surfing spot Jeffery’s Bay and much more. Another popular activity is to catch a ferry in Knysna to the Knysna Heads and the Featherbed Nature Reserve.

Visitors can enjoy some of the best whale watching anywhere on Earth in Hermanus and Gansbaai. One of the most popular attractions is the largest underground caverns in the world – the Cango Caves. There are many hiking trails to explore, including the 3-day Otter Trail which is considered one of the most beautiful hiking routes bar none. There are several top championship golf courses such as Fancourt and Pezula where travellers can stop and spend some time on the links.

Those who want a more laid-back holiday can enjoy the many artists’ galleries in quirky small towns and enjoy lazy lunches at farmers markets such as Sedgefield. The trip can be done in three days or stretched out to over two weeks – there is so much to do.

Access
Many visitors drive up from Cape Town. The trip can be done in a day but is best taken over three days to a week to make the most of all there is to do. Visitors fly into Cape Town International Airport, George Airport of Port Elizabeth Airport and then either self-drive or book a trip with a driver-guide throughout the region.

 

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