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Garden Route

This impressive and popular route gets its name from the beautiful almost magical nature. It has nothing to do with cultivated gardens, but all with majestic mountains, rushing rivers, wonderful lagoons, scenic strung consecutive lakes and waterfalls, golden beaches and magical native forests. Inside the Garden Route there are two National Parks Wilderness National Park and the Tsitsikamma National Park. The route is between the mountains and the Indian Ocean and driving on the N2 there are plenty of views to the rough waves of the ocean and high cliffs.

A portion of the route you can possibly do with the Outeniqua Choo Choo train, but there is regular work on the track by the floods of recent years. Find out in advance if any piece you would like to travel by train and ensure that this is possible. The Garden route begins in Mossel Bay and ends in Storm River and includes the Outeniqua- the Tsitsikamma- and the Long Kloof mountain ranges. From the car, everything is very admirable, but you can make a number of stops and stay in the many quaint and charming coastal towns and actively engage in nature. Depending on where you are from July to November, whales are seen along this coastal route. Sometimes just to watch from the wharf, but your chances become great when you book a boat ride in one of the many coastal towns that offer these sea-safaris.

It is an impressive area for comfortable walks of a few hours to beautiful spectacular trips of a few days. It is where the coast will not lose its appeal, but you'll also see more of the flora of South Africa. The Garden Route is a tour where you can see many different Fynbos vegetation and flowers is always something to find on this approximately 200km long route. There are also beautiful old native trees; including the special post boom in Mossel Bay at an approving glance. It is also the area of ​​special birds and in Knysna alone, there are 230 different species. If you go hiking take a pair of sturdy walking shoes as it increases your safety and walking!

The Garden Route is open all year and especially beautiful in the mild to hot summers and mild to cool winters which ensures that there is always something to admire and the temperatures are from 10° in winter and approximately maximum of  30° in the summer, which is pleasant to spend the day actively. The Garden route takes the golfer to more than 10 great golf courses, some of which are part of the Top 10 of South Africa's Golf Courses. This is also a wonderful area to take a golfing trip. You can stay in 5 star properties with a spa but also delicious uncomplicated in a self-catering cottages, so there really is the suitable accommodation for every taste. Plenty of nature and game reserves are located along this route, some of which also have lodges that accommodate staying between the African wildlife and so you can have a real "Out of Africa" experience. In the Garden Route of South Africa you will find not only small game but also the Big 5.

Areas on the Garden Route:
Mossel Bay, where in addition to all kinds of outdoor sporting activities there is also the Bartolomeo Dias museum which is worth a visit. George, here goes the beautiful pass by the Outeniqua Mountains and you can also make acquaintance with the Klein Karoo. Golfers will find a paradise here. Wilderness, the heart of the Garden Route with a string of beads of interconnected lakes and a beautiful vantage point from where there is good dolphin watching. Please also read our information on this location Wilderness National Park.

Knysna, hours-long beach walks, boat trips on the lagoon and rolling hills are characteristic for a stay in this picturesque fishing village. Oh and I almost forgot to mention the delicious oysters that Knysna is famous for! Plettenberg Bay, here on the Riviera of South Africa there is water sports, sunbathing, shopping and relax on a terrace a nice daytime activities. Keurbooms nature reserve and The Crags nature reserve are "just around the corner." There is an Aqua Park, Adventure land, Monkey Land and Bird Paradise; Birds of Eden. You see, a lot of entertainment for adults but also for children to experience everything!

Continuing the route takes you to the Tsitsikamma National Park. And in 'No Time' again you're in the middle of the green nature, where you can take a canopy tour or go on the highest Bungee Jump in the world from the Bloukrans Bridge. This is a true adventure and for many people, reason enough, to drive the Garden Route. Storms River, Kayaking, large 'tires' going through the river and begin the 5 day Otter Trail hike that can be done from here. Momentum is necessary to go mountain biking or even faster quad biking in this green oasis on the coast.

Sometimes Oudtshoorn is also referred to as the town on the Garden route; perhaps because this is a totally different view which indicates the nature of South Africa fits in very well in the organized as well as individual trips along the south eastern coast. Through mountain passes and vast plains with ostriches you can easily reach this particular town.

You can for example; go along the coast and then return through the inland on a portion of Route 62, or vice versa, of course.

Your holiday begins at South Africa Specialist.

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