The Garden Route in South Africa is one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the country and is dotted with quaint little towns that lead to its end at the Tstisikamma Forest, a fairyland of massive trees, ferns and a myriad of bird life. This is the epitome of natural wonder, mountains crowd close to a shoreline, with some of the best beaches and bays.
Meandering trails are explored by hikers, the forests invite leisurely serene drives and the lakes and rivers are great for sunbathing and swimming. This wide range of leisure options, striking scenery and a mild climate makes it an unforgettable holiday experience in South Africa.
The Garden Route provides a contrasting landscape. The town of George is known as the Gateway to the Garden Route and lies on a coastal plateau in a fertile area that is lush in greenery at the foot of the Outeniqua Mountains. While the contrasting town of Oudtshoorn, the capital of the Klein Karoo, is set in a semi-arid valley, where ostriches are farmed on a large scale.
It's an inspiration seeker's paradise. Writers, artists, musicians flourish in this environment and give the Garden Route it's almost trendy feel. Mingled with a vast array of adventure activities, it's a glimpse into South Africa, the people and its rich land. Scuba diving, abseiling, fishing, forest canopy tours are some of the highlights that draw thousands to this popular route as well as being host to some of the country's best golf courses.
One of the most important geological features on the Garden Route is the Cango Caves. It is a series of caverns and chambers naturally hewn out of limestone and just outside the city of Oudtshoorn. The Cango Caves rate among the top ten most visited South Africa attractions. And in the town of Oudtshoorn, you can even try your hand at riding an ostrich.
The Garden Route extensive and a favourite for family holidays and this malaria free region is a nature lover and outdoor enthusiasts dream. Easy to navigate road, short driving distances make it an ideal destination for a self-drive holiday and being so close to the Eastern Cape region makes it a perfect combination of beach holiday and Big 5 safari.