South Africa’s Garden Route is a beautiful stretch of coastline in the Western and Eastern Cape Provinces including beautiful coastal towns such as Wilderness, George, Sedgefield, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. It lies about 3 – 5 hours from Cape Town. The route passes through ancient yellowwood forests, beautiful mountain ranges, plunging ravines and stunning stretches of coastline. Large stretches are covered by fynbos a type of flora which is one of the most diverse of the plant kingdom. Including time in the Garden Route during a vacation, allows guests to explore this diverse region. It is one of the best areas in the country for adventure travellers.
Guests can take the plunge off the highest bungee jump in the world at Storm’s River Bridge. Take to the trees and enjoy the treetop canopy walk through the forests at Tsitsikamma. Go white-water rafting at Storms River. Explore one of the world’s largest underground caverns in the Cango Cave system. The whole route has arts and crafts shops with many artisans and painters who are inspired by living here. There are lovely food markets at places like Sedgefield which sells delicious fresh local produce.
The beautiful town of Knysna is world-famous for its picturesque lagoon, delicious oysters and the highly endangered endemic Knysna seahorse. Visitors can enjoy a ferry or boat ride on the lagoon to see the Knysna Heads. Nearby guests can go to Oudshoorn which is called the ostrich capital of the world as many of the world’s largest birds are farmed there. In fact, in the 19th century, many fortunes were founded on the production of ostrich feathers.
This diverse region offers something for all kinds of travellers, from secluded romantic getaways to adventure experiences and great malaria-free family vacations.