Garden Route, South Africa is a famous stretch of forested coastline situated on the south-east of the country. Stretching less than 300km from Mossel Bay in the west to just beyond Plettenberg Bay, this itinerary is a sight for sore eyes with its beautiful scenery and an eclectic variety of quaint and awe-inspiring resorts in its side roads. Characterized by warm, pleasant weather all year round, Garden Route is an ideal holiday destination for the discerning travellers seeking outdoor adventure and luxury accommodation in a stunning setting.
The name Garden Route was inspired by the dense ecologically diverse vegetation encountered here including the many lagoons and lakes peppered along the coast. Some of the towns along this panoramic stretch of beauty include Mossel Bay, Knysna, Wilderness, George, Oudtshoorn, Plettenberg Bay as well as Nature Valley.
Visitors have a wide selection of Garden Route accommodation to cater for every preference and budget. There are luxury hotels, lodges, guest houses, self-catering and bed and breakfast. For those who prefer to rough it out, backpackers and camping are galore.
A myriad of activities is available along the coastline and inland areas. South Africa safaris on offer are a mandate and visitor encounters with Africa’s Big 5 are a certainty at Gondwana Game Reserve, Kariega Game Reserve and several other game parks along the spectacular ‘Eden-path’. A paradise for birding enthusiasts, there are over 300 bird species recorded in the area. The location also offers very productive whale and dolphin watching. Water-based activities include surfing, skiing, river canoeing and a whole gamut of other excursions.