The Garden Route is a collective term encompassing many towns along the south west coast of the Western Cape Province. The Garden Route and Klein Karoo’s natural assets (just for starters) will have you question ever wanting to leave this idyllic spot!
The Garden Route and Klein Karoo spans South Africa’s Western Cape coastal belt from Witsands whale birthing haven in the west to Plettenberg Bay’s beach, polo and party-going pleasures. Then there’s the arid geological basin of red sandstone along the interior, wedged between the fynbos-adornedHeidelberg in the west and Uniondale’s eastern sheep farming and rock art treasures.
Its all about an abundance of blue skies, white sand beaches, rolling oceans, dramatic mountain scenery, indigenous fynbos, ostrich antics and local hospitality. A place where you can travel along routes where you are often alone on the open road or make for the malls and beaches on packaged tour comforts. Golden vineyards, sun-drenched orchards, beaches, pin-drop-silent forests, sweeping lakes and birds eye view passes add to the mix.
Beach junkies are spoiled for choice. Stilbaai’s assets include treasures from the Stone Age and the Khoi people. Mosselbayand Albertinia share the pleasure of bungee jumping thrills withPlettenberg Bay. Mosselbay prides itself on offering the diverse experience of game viewing and that of stringing a hammock along beaches that serve up the worlds second most temperate climate. Still along the coast, Wilderness and Sedgefield comprise the Lakes Region, while golf, green coastal treasures and malls a-plenty rate among George and Knysna’s endless offerings.
Leap into paragliding oblivion at the Wilderness, or embark onMosselbay shark cage diving shenanigans. Try the bungi jump from the Gouritz River Bridge, which is flanked by Albertinia and Mosselbay.
Golf it up at George and Knysna. Mosselbay, on the other hand, allows you to quad bike and game view literally at one sitting. Put your 4×4 through her more groaning paces at Riversdale and the ostrich-adorned Oudtshoorn. Hiking and other mountainous exploits are notable at Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, and in the Oudtshoorn vicinity, while polo and all matters equine are de rigeur at Plettenberg Bay.
Southern Right whale watching (mid- June-November) rates as a key highlight at Witsand, Stilbaai, Mosselbay, Wilderness, Knysna and Plett. Be sure to explore marine marvels on a sea kayaking, SCUBA or snorkelling exploration, or get stoked surfing it up at Stilbaais Point and the adjacent Groot Jongensfontein, Mossel Bays Peninsula, Georges Victoria Bay, or at good old Plett.
Top marks go to Wilderness, Sedgefield and Plettenberg Bays coastal fishing. Witsand features coastal and estuary fishing wonders.
Trawl malls, craft markets and quaint country stalls as you hunt down local creative endeavours. Friendships forged at Mosselbay, George, Oudtshoorn, Knysna and Plett’s inter-cultural township offerings seal the experience.