The Garden route is often called the Cape Garden Route as it combines very well with a Cape Town to Port Elizabeth journey covering the entire area of the Garden Route, and Ostrich country around Oudtshoorn. The Garden Route includes one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline of the south-eastern coast of South Africa – often some of the towns along the N2 between Cape Town and Mosselbay is included, but it is rather like foreground of a beautiful picture. The real Garden Route is situated in close proximity to the coast from Mosselbay to the end of the Tsitsikamma, a short distance form the eastern port city of Port Elizabeth.
One week of travel takes in the best of Cape Town, Wine Districts, Garden Route to Port Elizabeth and Addo Elephant Park.
The region has a maritime climate due to its close proximity to the Indian Ocean.Climates near the ocean have moderately cool summers and comparatively warm winters,they are generally characterized by a narrower annual range of temperatures,and generally do not have the very dry summer of Mediterranean climates.
The Garden Route has a Maritime climate with moderate summers and mild winters, making it the perfect year round destination for travelers to South Africa. The Garden Route is one of the richest rainfall regions in South Africa. The rain, brought by the humid sea-winds from the Indian Ocean, creates a well watered forest region. The Garden Route is a strip of land like no other in the world in terms of beauty, natural attractions and unique flora and fauna – hence its name. Three of South Africa’s top hikes – the Otter Trail and the Tsitsikamma and Dolphin trails takes place here. Man’s footprint has made little impact on the rugged and sometimes inaccessible coastline.
The Tsitsikamma and Outeniqua mountains line the route that is the perfect backdrop for this narrow stretch of land along the Indian Ocean with its verdant garden and picturesque lakes around Knysna and Wilderness. Tsitsikamma is one of the remaining indigenous forests regions with spectacular gorges stretching from the nearby mountains to the Indian ocean. Wild waves crash against the rocks mystify millions of visitors each year.
South African travel offers a lot of diversity – nowhere else is there a stretch of coastline equal in beauty. The Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma indigenous forests are a unique mixture of Cape Fynbos and Temperate Forest.
There are a lot of eco tourism activities from Zip lining in Tsitsikamma forest to Dolphin spotting in Plettenberg Bay. Nearly 300 species of bird life are to be found in a variety of habitats ranging from fynbos to forest to wetlands.
The Knysna Lourie is certainly the most impressive of all indigenous birds of the forest. Knysna and Plettenberg Bay are both beautiful parts of the Garden Route, yet this wild and natural area features very high on the tourist barometer. They are 100% correct – South Africans love this place too!
Meandering trails are followed by hikers around tall indigenous forests; scenic journeys along the lakes and tea colored rivers lend themselves to swimming boating and fishing.
A wide range of leisure options, spectacular scenery and a mild climate guarantee an unforgettable holiday experience when visiting the Garden Route in South Africa..
Private Tour A garden route trip tailored according to your available time (min 3 days) and personal taste at your own pace!
Scheduled Tours Scheduled departure dates and set itineraries with small to medium groups.
There are no beaches of note along the Tsitsikamma coastline, and the result is quite dramatic creating awesome wave action with changing tides. Day-trip adventure activities include boat rides; forest walks; snorkling and scuba diving. TheDassies (Rock Hyrax) enjoy sunning themselves up on the verge, before the road travel up to the gate.
Storms River must be one of the most beautiful and relatively unspoilt areas on the South African coast, and Garden route . We generally think there is no better natural place along the coast to relax for a day or two. Any South African Holiday without a visit to this section of the Garden Route will be incomplete. There are lots of furnished log cabins and camping spots for hire from S.A. National Park(SANPARKS). They have a shop for supplies if you do not want fast food from the restaurant. Take comfortable walking gear as it is a hikers paradise, or snorkel if hiking is not your thing. Photographers spend hours trying to capture the spectacular waves as it crashed into the rocks. These little creatures are strangely related to the Elephant, believe it or not! This beautiful oasis of the Garden Route is certainly not only for the fit and healthy as there are many benches placed in areas with great views. Take your time to enjoy this jewel of the Garden Route, and have fun!