Garden Route Featured, Top Destinations
The Garden Route is the coastal area between Mosselbay and Port Elizabeth along the southern Cape coast of South Africa. It is known for its beautiful scenery, mountains, rivers, lakes, forests and beaches. A number of interesting, laid-back coastal towns add character to the Garden Route, including Knysna, Wilderness, Plettenberg Bay, Nature's Valley, Sedgefield and, of course, George with its regional airport.
* Garden Route Highlights
- ∞Easy to access from Cape Town or Port Elizabeth
- ∞Safe and easy to visit as a self-drive tourist
- ∞Interesting towns to see, like Knysna
- ∞Tsitsikamma forest and Big Tree
- ∞Outeniqua mountains
- ∞Adventure activities including highest bungi jump in the world
- ∞Cango Caves
- ∞Scenery includes beaches, mountains, forests, lakes and rivers
For a longer trip to South Africa, the Garden Route can be an excellent addition to your itinerary. It is not known so much as a safari area, but the beautiful towns and villages, stunning scenery and variety of activities on offer make the Garden Route a popular place to live, and an interesting area to visit.
Attractions in the Garden Route area include shopping and dining in Knysna, the Garden Route's waterfront village, the forests and huge yellowwood trees in Tsitsikamma, sun and surf at Plettenberg Bay, tranquil beaches and nature walks at Nature's Valley, the Cango Caves and ostrich farms near Oudtshoorn, and the scenic lakes and rivers near Sedgefield and Wilderness. There is also a traditional bushman village for a unique cultural experience, close to Stormsriver.
Adventure activities include paragliding, bungi jumping (the highest bungi in the world), canoeing, rafting, tubing, snorkelling, canopy tours (a zip-lining course among the tree tops in the forest), scenic helicopter flights, and more.