Garden Route

Garden Route is a series of views of the bay, cliffs, beaches and cities, extending hundreds of kilometers from Heidelberg. Garden Route offers you beautiful scenery and the natural appearance of African green.

Garden Route includes one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline, the starting point is constantly contested as towns such as Witsand, Stilbaai and Albertinia join the route which winds the road for some 200 km via George, Wilderness, Sedgefield and Knysna on to Plettenberg Bay peaked at Tstisikamma Forest - a fairyland of giant tree ferns and bird life.

Mountains crowd close to the shoreline dotted with beaches and bays, and vividly colored wild flowers pleasing to the eye. Between Heidelberg and Storms River, Garden Route runs parallel to a coastline featuring lakes, mountains, indigenous forests is high, yellow-colored rivers and golden beaches. Winding roads followed by hikers, the forests invite long, leisurely drives, and lakes and rivers lend themselves to swimming boating and fishing. A variety of leisure options, spectacular scenery and mild climate guarantee an unforgettable holiday experience when visiting the Garden Route in South Africa.

An important geological feature is the Cango Caves, a series of caves and natural space dug out of limestone, situated outside the town of Oudtshoorn. Cango Caves among the ten most-visited attractions of South Africa. Oudtshoorn itself, the heart of the ostrich feather industry when in its hey day the late 1800s and early 1900s, is worth a visit. The, stately old feather palaces are still to be seen, while ostrich farms, now involved in commercial production of meat, skins, eggs and feathers, can be toured, with the possibility of an ostrich ride.

Ten nature reserves embrace the varied ecosystems of the region 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 Whale which come there to calve in the winter and spring (July-December).

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