Discover The Garden Route
The Garden Route is a spectacular stretch of South African coastline that is sandwiched between the Indian Ocean and two impressive mountain ranges. The area extends from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to the Storms River in the Eastern Cape. The warm Indian Ocean laps the shoreline and lush vegetation and rainfall forests adorn the land. The majestic Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma rise high above and creates a natural boundary between the coastal region and the interior.
The Garden Route also has numerous lagoons and lakes dotted along the coast and is home to picturesque coastal towns such as Wilderness, Knysna, Plettenberg Bay and Jeffrey’s Bay. George is the capital city. It is located slightly inland and nestles at the feet of the mighty Outeniqua Mountains. George is the Garden Route’s largest city and main administrative center. The whole region has a well developed infrastructure and has something to offer for every type of traveler or tourist, from budget to luxury, from laid back to adventure.
Apart from its enduring beauty, the Garden Route is also popular because of its moderate Mediterranean Maritime climate. Summers are mild to warm and winters are mild to chilly. Winter temperatures rarely drop below 10 deg Celsius and during summer temperatures can reach around 28 deg Celcius. The region has a rich rainfall and this occurs mostly during the winter and spring nights. It is this type of temperate climate that keeps the region perennially green.
The Garden Route is also home to a wide variety of wild life and marine life. Few things compare to the thrill and excitement of a whale watching boat trip from Knysna
You can enjoy family attractions such as s Monkeyland, Birds of Eden or hikes and Canopy Tours in the Tsitsikamma Forest. Natural wonders such as the Knysna Heads and the nearby Cango Caves add to the beauty and appeal of this region.
When it comes to accommodation and entertainment there is no shortage of variety and choices. You get your backpacker lodges and your get your 5 star hotels and manors and you get just about everything in between. Whether you are into extreme sports such as bungee jumping and surfing, or just want to relax on the beach or by the pool with a book, the Garden Route has something for everyone. It’s a great place to take the family or experience as a group, with someone special or on even your own – it does not take long to make friends along the Garden Route.