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.

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View from pass on Garden Route

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 

Whale Tail in Knysna in the Garden Route

 

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. 

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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.

Knysna waterfront garden route

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Discover the Garden Route

Located The Garden Route is a stretch of the south-eastern coast of South Africa which extends from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to the Storms River in the Eastern Cape. In South Africa

Nature reserves embrace the varied ecosystems of the area as well as unique marine reserves, home to soft coral reefs, dolphins, seals and a host of other marine life. Various bays along the Garden Route are nurseries to the endangered Southern Right and Humpback Whales which come there to calve in the winter and spring (July to December). The entire Garden route malaria-free

The Garden Route Boarders start at Mossel Bay and ends at the storms River mouth

Map of The Garden Route

Map of Garden Route

Wildlife in the Garden Route

… From marine life to birds and mammals …

Nearly 300 species of bird are found in a variety of habitats ranging from fynbos to forest to wetlands.

Embrace the varied ecosystems of the area as well as unique marine reserves, home to soft coral reefs, dolphins, seals and a host of other marine life. Various bays along the Garden Route are nurseries to the endangered Southern Right and Humpback Whales which come there to calve in the winter and spring (July to December).

22 species of raptors have been counted here and special ones to lookout for include African Cuckoohawk and Crowned Eagle. The area is also an excellent location for spotting the Forest Buzzard and many visitors head into the forest and along its fringes in search of birds such as the Red-necked Spurfowl and the Tambourine Dove. Two of the most sought-after species are the relatively easily heard and sometimes seen, KnysnaTuraco and the Narina Trogon.

The nature reserve is home to 25 different snake species including Cape Cobras, while the most common snake in the area is the large and venomous Puff Adder. In the estuaries and fresh waters of the area one will find at least 26 different species of Fish and the Knysna Seahorse inhabits the Knysna Estuary. There are also a number of Shark and Shark-like species in the waters around the area including Great White Sharks, Spotted Ragged-Tooth Sharks and the rare and largest of the species, Whale Sharks.

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The Garden Route is a stretch of the south-eastern coast of South Africa which extends from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to the Storms River in the Eastern Cape. The name comes from the verdant and ecologically diverse vegetation encountered here and the numerous lagoons and lakes dotted along the coast. It includes towns such as Knysna, Plettenberg Bay and Nature's Valley; with George, the Garden Route's largest city and main administrative centre.

The Garden Route Climate

The Garden Route region has a Mediterranean Maritime climate, with moderately hot summers, and mild to chilly winters. It is one of the richest rainfall areas in South Africa. Most of the rains occurs in the winter months, brought on by the humid sea-winds from the Indian ocean. The Garden Route's temperate weather falls between two climatic regions of summer and winter rainfall so it rains mostly at night which keeps the area perennially green and ensuring towns such as Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Storms River and Wilderness are wonderful holiday towns to base yourself in.

You can feel spring in the air by the end of August and into September. October can be quite mixed because just when you think summer has arrived, another cold front moves in. Summer is from November to March and days are warmer, with December to February seeing mid-summer daily temperatures of about 24-30ºC. Temperatures start cooling down from about April (Autumn) but it can still be very pleasant until June. June, July and August are the winter months. The days may be bright and warm, but it gets cold in the evening.

SO, When is The Best Time To Visit The Garden Route?

... whenever you want ...

Each season has its own unique benefits and either way, you won't be disappointed. Whale watching season is from (June-December)

The Garden Route is home to many natural wonders including the Cango Caves, the Knysna Heads and some of the most scenic and majestic mountain passes in the country. The landscapes range from Karoo scrub land to lush coastal forests. Whether you're into surfing, bungee jumping or just lying on the beach with a book, the Garden Route has something for everyone. It's a great place to take the family with attractions such as Monkeyland, Birds of Eden and Canopy Tours in the Tsitsikamma Forest.

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