Quick Facts about the Garden Route
• A Prime Holiday Destination
The Garden Route is a 300 kilometre (186 mile) stretch of the southern-most Cape coast that traverses the Western and Eastern Cape Provinces between the cities of Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. It is so named for its natural bounty and beauty. Verdant indigenous forest, secluded lagoons and stunning beaches, rugged crags and striking gorges covered in aloes and fynbos, picturesque farmland patchworks and towering mountain peaks create a stunning backdrop for an incredible range of holiday and leisure activities.
• Nature Highlights
The Garden Route National Park is a mosaic of ecosystems that incorporates the Tsitsikamma National Park, as well as protected areas of mountain catchments and coastlines, lakes and lagoons, fynbos and forests from Wilderness through to Knysna. Ten nature reserves of unrivalled natural beauty lie within the Garden Route belt, providing access to some of the world’s most stunning landscapes. Many include unique marine reserves that attract breeding Southern Right Whales and dolphins. Wildlife sanctuaries abound for those interested in big game, elephants, birds, monkeys, snakes and even wolves.
• Holiday Towns and Activities
Popular holiday towns with pastoral outskirts are dotted along the Garden Route, and they add much charm and interest to this region. Mossel Bay, George, Wilderness, Knysna, Plettenberg Bay and Nature’s Valley offer a plethora of activities and attractions. Visitors can expect excellent wineries and gourmet artisanal foods; high quality crafts and designer boutiques; farmer’s markets and antique stores; unique furniture and interior décor that utilise the marvellous indigenous woods and other natural resources of the region. It is a dream holiday for those who enjoy walking in nature, sunbathing and swimming, marine cruises and fishing, scenic drives and flights. The more active and adventurous can enjoy hiking and mountain-biking, abseiling and bungee jumping, as well as shark diving.
The Garden Route is a malaria-free area.