The Garden Route is one of the most naturally beautiful regions in South Africa and should definitely appear high on your South Africa travel wish list! The Garden Route is the coastal and inland region between Mossel Bay and Storms River, although it is commonly considered to be the entire section between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. The Garden Route is characterized by its bountiful natural features – wildflowers, mountains, beaches, indigenous forests, fynbos, cliffs, lakes, rivers and the semi-arid Klein Karoo area. As the name ‘Garden Route’ suggests, the region is indeed a ‘garden’ of plenty to birds, marine life such as dolphins, and wildlife…you may even be fortunate enough to spot a blue duiker, a tiny forest-dwelling antelope no bigger than a hare! The Garden Route is one of the world’s great road trips and is equally as good travelled in either direction, starting in Cape Town or ending in Cape Town. The main coastal stretch will take you through the towns of Storms River, Plettenberg Bay, Knysna, George and Mossel Bay, all with a variety of quality accommodation options including guest houses, boutique hotels, lodges and B&B’s. Along the way there are interesting detours that will allow you to explore some of the inland treasures of the Garden Route. The Klein Karoo, or Little Karoo, area is well worth a visit. Try your luck at riding an ostrich in Oudtshoorn, bolster your wine collection at some of the area’s first class wine farms, or take an underground tour of the exquisite Cango Caves. There are plenty of great sights and activities to keep you on the go so dedicate at least 3-5 days of your itinerary to make the most out of South Africa’s scenic Garden Route.
Destinations in South Africa
Cradle of Humankind, Johannesburg
There is a room in the bowels of the Ditsong Natural History museum in Pretoria. A secret room filled with treasure. It has a fairly innocuous name. In fact, to the casual passer by…it might be mistaken for a storage closet containing a janitor’s cleaning supplies.
Tropic of Capricorn
An interesting comparison exists at three notable crossings of the twenty third parallel within this phenomenal portion of Africa. They call it The Tropic of Capricorn…a line of latitude passing through Mozambique, South Africa, Botswana and Namibia from Indian to Atlantic Ocean and defining the southern edge of Africa’s tropics.