Garden Route, South Africa
The Garden Route
includes one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline, whose
starting point is constantly contested as towns such as Witsand,
Stilbaai and Albertinia join the route that winds its way for some 200
km via George, Wilderness, Sedgefield and Knysna on to Plettenberg Bay and culminating in the Tstisikamma Forest - a fairyland of giant trees, ferns and bird life.

Mountains crowd close to a shoreline dotted with beaches and bays, and vividly coloured wild flowers delight the eye. Between Heidelberg and Storms River,
the Garden Route runs parallel to a coastline featuring lakes,
mountains, tall indigenous forests, amber -coloured rivers and golden
beaches. Meandering trails are followed by hikers, the forests invite
long, leisurely drives, and the lakes and rivers lend themselves to
swimming boating and fishing. A wide range of leisure options,
spectacular scenery and a mild climate guarantee an unforgettable
holiday experience when visiting the Garden Route in South Africa.

The region provides a stirring study in contrasts. The delightful town
of George, known as The Gateway to the Garden Route, graces a coastal
plateau in a fertile area of lush greenery at the foot of the Outeniqua
Mountains. Oudtshoorn, Capital of the Klein Karoo, is set in a semi-arid valley, providing the ideal habitat for ostriches which are farmed here on a grand scale.

Garden Route, South Africa

The Garden Route stretches on the southern coast from Heidelberg to the
Tsitsikamma Forest and Storms River. It’s a nook of the country that
offers inspiration to writers and artists whose presence gives the
Garden Route a trendy flavour. It is also a top priority of many a
foreign visitor. The coastal drive links a series of charming towns
interspersed with natural beauty. Along the way, every kind of
adventure activity is possible; scuba diving, abseiling, fishing and
more. The Tsitsikamma National Park,
perched on a tumultuous Indian Ocean shore is one of South Africa’s
most dramatic protected areas, combining marine and land attractions.
Its indigenous forests are a haven for birdlife. One of the most
geologically interesting parts of South Africa is the Klein Karoo, with
its towering mountains and sheer gorges.

An important geological feature is the Cango Caves,
a series of caverns and chambers naturally hewn out of limestone,
situated outside the city of Oudtshoorn. The Cango Caves are among the
top ten most visited South African attractions. Oudtshoorn itself, the heart of the ostrich
feather industry when it was in its hey day the late 1800s and early
1900s, is well worth a visit. The grandiose, old feather palaces are
still to be seen, while ostrich farms, now involved in the commercial
production of meat, leather, eggs and feathers, can be toured, with the
possibility of riding an ostrich.