“So exactly where is the Garden Route?” you may well ask. It really is a 200km section of the South African coastline stretching from the town of Mossel Bay to just the other side of the Tsitsikamma National Park. Just lately I took some time out to revisit the Garden Route, this time to investigation what entertaining fascinating points a single can do on the Garden Route. It really is a fabulous location and a definite “need to see” for anyone going to South Africa. To summarize the Garden Route, I would contact it “the outside adventure activities and golf Mecca of South Africa!” I have place collectively some ideas right here for your trip down the Garden Route.
Scenic Drives: Properly, there are a couple of beautiful scenic drives on the Garden Route and based on how substantially time you have and exactly where you are staying the evening you could include things like these on your itinerary.
1. Swartberg Pass and Meiringspoort close to Oudtshoorn – a beautiful day trip to be enjoyed with a picnic lunch cease at a lovely waterfall in Meiringspoort, dramatic mountain landscape and scenic vistas.
2. Seven passes road, the original road among George and Knysna – dense indigenous forest, tannin wealthy black water rivers, steep gorges and a prolific bird life.
3. Montagu pass – traversing the majestic Outeniqua Mountains among George and Oudtshoorn, the original route constructed in 1848 with convict labour.
Shark Cage Diving – an exhilarating practical experience I would advocate to anyone! Mossel Bay has the most accessible good white shark practical experience in the planet, providing a shorter much more comfy boat ride on calmer waters than the competitors at Gansbaai close to Cape Town. You will leave with a newfound respect for these magnificent predators.
Oudtshoorn – good spot to go to particularly if it is raining everywhere else on the Garden Route. Oudtshoorn is the capital of the Tiny Karoo which is classed as semi desert so you can count on the climate getting quite fantastic most of the year round.
Cango Caves – an underground wonderland with the most spectacular dripstone formations
Cango Ostrich Farm – understand about the ostrich farming market that produced Oudtshoorn renowned and take a ride on an ostrich!
Cango Wildlife Ranch – a sanctuary to endangered wildlife species. Get up close and private with a cheetah or go diving with the crocs.
Wilderness – a tranquil seaside village providing an array of outside activities such as Paragliding, Canoeing up Touws River, Hiking trails by means of the enchanted indigenous forests, Kloofing and Abseiling.
Knysna – a bustling taking place tiny town with substantially to offer you!
I can advocate the four Hour Eco Knowledge at Featherbed Bay, which incorporates a boat ride across the lagoon, a guided tour in the nature reserve, a tractor-trailer ride and a tasty lunch in a classy restaurant beneath the old milkwood trees.
Quad biking, Mountain biking in Harkerville and Knysna forests, Abseiling off the Knysna Heads, Canoeing on Knysna River, Hiking in the Knysna Forest
Plettenberg Bay – one more bustling town to include things like on your itinerary providing a massive choice of outside activities, some thing for the entire family members. Lots of young children activities on offer you as nicely.
Elephant Sanctuary – exactly where you can stroll with these gentle giants and even ride a single
Birds of Eden – a magnificent show of birds from all more than the planet!
Monkeyland – fascinating and informative!
Adventure activities such as Sea kayaking, Canoeing up the Keurbooms River, Boat cruises to view marine life such as dolphins, seals and whales in season (Jul to Dec)
Sky diving, Abseiling, Hiking in the Robberg Nature Reserve, Bunji Jumping off Bloukrans Bridge (the highest bunji jump in the planet at 216m)
Plett has come to be nicely recognized as the “polo mecca” of South Africa. Fascinating polo tournaments are getting played at Bitou Home and Kurland for the duration of Easter, December and January with polo practices all through the year.
Tsitsikamma National Park
The Huge Tree – biggest Outeniqua Yellowwood tree in the location with a circumference of eight.5m and a height of 36m. This is a single of the biggest tree species we have in South Africa and of the most lovely in my opinion.
Tree Top rated Canopy Tours – providing entertaining and adventurous cable sliding from a single massive tree to the subsequent, a good way to be introduced to our lovely indigenous forest and its tiny inhabitants!
Hiking trails along the rugged coastline
Of course never neglect that this whole stretch of coastline has a myriad of beautiful beaches, most of them obtaining “blue flag” status. Heralds Bay, Glentana and Victoria Bay close to George, Wilderness beach, Buffels Bay, Noetsie Bay, Plettenberg Bay and Natures Valley, all providing the warmer waters of the Indian Ocean and lovely stretches of golden sand. This tends to make the Garden Route a excellent summer season location!
Golfing is a massive activity on the Garden Route with some of the prime golf course in the planet primarily based right here such Fancourt Nation Club Estate providing four courses constructed by Gary Player, our South African golf icon, George Golf Course, Simola Golf Estate, Pezula Champioship Golf Course providing the most spectacular scenery, Knysna Golf Course and Goose Valley Golf Course in Plettenberg Bay.
So all in all, a good location to include things like on your itinerary when you come to go to our lovely South Africa!