Make a journey of discovery along the Garden Route, a region of infinite diversity situated along Africa's most Southern Coast. This breathtaking arid beauty of the Karoo in spectacular contrast to the lush vegetation and abundant water of the Garden Route allows for many unique opportunities for the visitor, from sporting and adventure activities, cultural attractions to capacious leisure accommodation.
Perfect destination for nature lovers: Between Heidelberg & Storms River, the Garden Route runs parallel to a coastline featuring lakes, mountains, tall indigenous forests, amber -coloured rivers and golden beaches.
The Garden Route is just the perfect destination for nature lovers, with its majestic mountains, breathtaking views, valleys and lakes, rivers and forests. Ideal for both business and leisure:
King George hotel is located in the heart of the Garden Route, ideal for both business and leisure; it overlooks the famous George Golf Course, renowned for old-fashioned service and attention. Landmark Lodge is in the heart of George, surrounded by lush indigenous forests, majestic mountains and the sparkling coastline, for which the Garden Route is justifiably famous.
Garden Routes many mild and sunny days are perfect for simply lazing on the beach, or long walks or rides through the many forests region is well known for. Or perhaps you would prefer to embark on something more exhilarating, such as a beach - Mossel Bay, forest - Tsitsikamma, cave - Cango Caves or mountain - Robbehoek Kloof and Trails.
The Garden Route has a Mediterranean Maritime climate, with moderately hot summers, and mild to chilly winters. It is one of the richest rainfall areas, most of which occurs in the winter months, brought by the humid sea-winds from the Indian Ocean.
Any time of the year is good for visiting the area, depending if you enjoy a peaceful retreat during the winter months or a bustling holiday destination during the summer.
Garden Route attractions comprises the Shamwari Game Reserve - Big Five, Mountain Zebra National Park, Addo Elephant National Park, Cango Caves (oldest caves in SA), Knysna, Tsitsikamma National Park (Africa's oldest and largest marine reserve), Mossel Bay, Ostrich farms, Crocodile farms and Museums.
Rolling plains, deep valleys becoming an entrancing preserve: Addo Elephant Park is located in the Garden Route - a delightful reserve near Port Elizabeth. Its biggest attractions are its big 330 Elephants and many Antelope like Eland, Bontebokke etc.
The Elephants used to be tightly packed in this park but it has recently been expanded so that these large but quietly trodden pachyderms have a wider area in which to roam. Another animal that lives her is the flightless dung Beetle; it has survived in South Africa only in this area.
The rocky heights of Mountain Zebra National Park's Bankberg embrace rolling plains and deep valleys becoming an entrancing preserve for the Cape mountain Zebra. Currently the population of Zebra here stands at 350.
Other mammals found here include Eland, black Wildebeest, red Hartebeest and Gemsbok. Mountain Reedbuck and grey Rhebok frequent the higher areas, whilst Caracal occupies the niche of primary predator.
Garden Route water activities comprise surfing, ocean and river bathing, marine and boating, scuba diving, water skiing, wind surfing and snorkelling. Garden Route land activities offer hiking and biking, paragliding, parachuting, bungi jumping and whale watching - just to name a few.
Plettenberg Bay compromises outstanding Whale watching facilities with ideal viewpoints along the coastline. The area between the wreck of the Athene and the Keurbooms River is especially favoured by the Southern Right Whales.