Rocky cliffs, amazing river cut canyons, breathtaking beaches and abundant green forests are the classic Garden Route images. Extending between Mossel Bay and Stilbaai in the west to Port Elizabeth or Stromsriver in the east, it is indeed a stunning stretch of coastal heaven along the N2. Locals will pack it up between Stormsriver and Mossel Bay but as the Garden Route’s popularity increases and small charming towns on its brink of realizing their market potential, Garden Route is continuously attracting more and more tourists each year.
In general, the towns that acknowledged to be a section of the Garden Route are George, Mossel Bay, Sedgefield, Wilderness, Stormsriver Plettenberg Bay and Knysna. Originally, the Garden Route was considered as just a family destination or a beach destination but in fact, it is more than that – you can do a lot of activities in the area – there’s hiking in the deep forests and rocky coasts, gorgeous fynbos and breathtaking sandy beaches. Other great activities include surfing, diving, flat-water paddling and kayaking trips.
Some of the finest mountain bike trails are also found in Garden Route. In addition, you can find several horse trails with every level of ability. Paragliding, tandem skydiving and series scenic flights are also available, which all provide various birds’ eye views of the magnificent Garden Route.
This great destination also provides some of the top boat-based whale watching and people who love flowers and birds will also have a great time trekking through the lush forests, nature reserves and national parks. The narrow Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe, on the other hand is for steam enthusiasts.
For individuals who are into culture and the arts, there are town tours, exquisite old buildings, museums, markets, art galleries, unique craft shops and numerous live music scenes and numerous fantastic restaurants, which mostly specialize in seafood.
Cango Caves is a vital geological feature of the region, which is a series of chambers and caverns that are naturally shaped out of limestone. These caves are located outside the Oudsthoorn City and are among the top 10 most visited attractions in South Africa. It is also recommended to visit Oudtshoorn, which is the center of the ostrich feather industry. Tourists can still visit the old feather palaces and the grandiose while the ostrich farms are now commercially producing leather, meat, feathers and eggs.
This destination is also a paradise for golfers due to the numerous top-notch golf courses between Mossel Bay and Plettenberg. These include Knysna Golf Club, Simola Golf Course, Goose Valley, Pezula Championship Course, Fancourt and Oubaai in George.
It offers numerous options when it comes to accommodations – bed and breakfast, hotels, self-catering, backpackers, guesthouses and more. This famous adventure and scenic route also has something to offer to all types of tourists – and budgets. Basically, it is ‘South Africa’ in a nutshell – culture, adventure, picturesque beauty, multinational food, stunning beaches, wildlife, and a lot more.
The Garden Route has a Mediterranean climate; with mild winters and warm summers and it is one with the highest rainfall areas in South Africa.
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