Taking the Garden Route

If you are thinking about visiting South Africa anytime soon then one place you simply shouldn’t miss is the illustrious garden route.  Stretching from the Western Cape right across to the Eastern Cape, this beautiful route of coastal highway will show you a range of ecologically diverse vegetation, stunning lagoons, majestic lakes, and rugged coastlines that will take your breath away.

The perfect stepping-stone from Cape Town to the malaria free safari zone in the Eastern Cape, the Garden Route has plenty to offer the traveller, and if you take a small group escorted tour you will get to enjoy the highlights of Oudtshoorn, Knysna, Plettenberg Bay and George along the way.

Oudtshoorn Resident!
Oudtshoorn Resident!

The rustic town of Oudtshoorn reminds me of something out of a Wild West film, and if you like Ostriches then you will think you have arrived in paradise!  With Ostrich farms on every corner this quaint town provides numerous opportunities to get up close and personal with these rather unusual creatures, take memorable holiday snaps, and shop for some exquisite Ostrich leather goods.

Knysna

Heading back onto Route 62, the next recommend stop would have to be the picturesque seaside town of Knysna.  With great seafood restaurants, boat rides to the Knysna Heads, and the Featherbed Nature Reserve, there is plenty to keep you occupied in this pretty town and so it is well worth spending a night or two in the area.

Just a short drive from Knysna and my favourite place on the Garden Route is Plettenberg Bay.  With a stunning coastline, this picture-perfect town is a popular destination for South African tourists and it boasts some of the finest boutique hotels along this stretch.  A town packed with fine restaurants, great shopping and plenty of animal encounters such as the Elephant Reserve and Birds of Eden, Plettenberg Bay is a must!

If you are taking an escorted tour, you will most likely be given the opportunity to stop off at the Tsitsikamma National Park before crossing over into the Eastern Cape.  Well worth the visit, this stunning park of indigenous forests, Cape Fynbos and over 300 species of birds is the perfect place to end your Garden Route journey, before taking a short step into the Eastern Cape – and beginning your next South African adventure!

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