The Garden Route

A year-round destination; no matter what time you visit there's always a feast of green in the countryside, unspoilt beaches, spectacular scenery and ideal walking opportunities. Miles of unbroken sand, rock pools, rugged cliffs and headlands.

Inland the scenery is every bit as attractive, the mountains bordering the coastline offering a multitude of scenic and impressive drives. The plain between mountains and sea is either forested, lush rolling hills and valleys, abounding with unique bird life for which the Garden route is renowned. The fynbos biome stretches for a narrow band not more than 100km deep around the Cape Coast, making it one of the most diverse, richest and smallest floral areas in the world.

In late winter and early spring the southern right whales come into our warmer waters to Calve and provide a delightful sight close in to shore.

Mossel Bay - Halfway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth - a bustling holiday resort in summer and ideal winter retreat, it is situated on a spectacular sun-washed peninsula surrounded by the warm Indian ocean. The Guinness book of world records features it as having the mildest year-round climate, second only to Hawaii. Sun- drenched, north facing beaches, historic architecture and unique museums, outstanding fish cuisine and an operational waterfront for commercial and leisure craft, make it a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts in search of a Mediterranean climate and lifestyle.

George - Clear to see why this little town, has become a favourite with golf enthusiasts. Nestling in a picturesque environment on a coastal plain beneath the peaks of the Outiniqua Mountains and the Indian Ocean, only 40min drive from most attractions on the Garden route; the area consists of a remarkable blend of mountains, rivers, indigenous and cultivated forests, colourful shrubs and wildflowers, glorious beaches and rich farmlands.

Wilderness - Some of the most awe-inspiring views on the Garden Route are to be seen en route to this picturesque village nestled among the forested dunes and waterways. The Wilderness has long been protected by the forests, rivers, mountains and surf which still today give meaning to its name.

Sedgefield - A nature lovers' paradise, offering a rich variety of rich and varied bird life, as well as marine, estuarine and evergreen forest species which can be viewed along the many hiking trails and bird hides in the area.

Knysna - Nestling on the banks of the Knysna lagoon and cradled between the majestic Outeniqua mountains and the rugged southern Cape coastline, surrounded by indigenous forest it is a place which tantalizes the senses with a unique mix and variety of contrasts; the smell of earthy dampness and sounds of leafy silence of the forest contrasts the squawking of the gulls in the waterfront, the taste of lemon-doused oysters fresh from the lagoon; a visual panoramic delight from the ocean's horizon to the jagged Knysna heads, it is easy to see why this quaint village has been voted "best town in South Africa" on a number of occasions.

Plettenberg Bay - The natural beauty of Plett remains the area's biggest drawcard and entices one to explore either the dramatic rock peninsular of Robberg or the miles of unspoilt beach. Inland indigenous forests offer hiking trails which wind their way up the wooded valleys or across the ridges displaying the rich diversity of our fynbos wild flower kingdom. Mountain biking in the forests is a popular pass time as is canoeing on the tranquil lagoons and rivers. Dolphins are daily visitors to the shore and in spring the bay offers refuge to southern right whales seeking the ideal conditions in which to calve.

Tsitsikamma National Park - The khoi San word meaning "sparkling waters" and indeed the area is made up of fragmented winding river valleys, sparkling with crystal clear cascading streams. The spectacular Gorge of Storm's river ends its journey to the sea in the park. This park protects the wild, unspoilt and rugged coastline with its diverse marine fauna and flora and the dense indigenous forests which are home to many ancient massive trees. There are numerous hiking and walking trails the best know of these is the five day otter trail.

Nature's valley - This lovely seaside village tucked into unspoilt coastal forest offers the nature lover wonderful opportunities for hiking, birding, swimming and exploring the great beauty of the area.