The Garden Route

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The Garden Route Reviews

Stanlie Stanlie
2 reviews
eating places on the garden route May 30, 2011
Goods are normally expensive. So it is always good to take a picnic basket with. No alcohol unless you decide to stay the whole day. The traffic officers is very strict when it come to drink and driving.
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Africancrab Africanc…
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Great tour of South Africa's world renown Vineyards Sep 21, 2001
While in South Africa, you have many choices of attractions, sights and scenes to choose from, and there is so much scenery that South Africa has to offer. I particularly recommend doing the Garden Route because it is one of the most awe inspiring scenery in whole of South Africa.

The Garden Route is composed of magnificent views of mountains, valleys, rivers, lakes, a great many species of birds, making it one of the best eco-destinations there is. It stretches from Mossel Bay all the way to St. Francis. In 2001 Don and I added this route to our holiday as a last minute thing. Our original plan included only the Wine Route.

The Route is approximately 280km from Cape Town and it offers visitors and residents who use it, nature's paradise itself. The route is filled with giant Milkwood and Yellow wood trees. Great many fields of Aloes and Bluebills and many other plants creating such a wonderful floral kingdom. As you drive through this route, your eyes is given a feast of large stretches of beaches, lakes, valleys and nature reserves. You will visit Knysna before proceeding to Plettenberg bay, which is one of the cultural heritage sites.

While on this route you have the choice to go to the beach, hike, go on safari in Tsitsikama National Park or take a cultural tour in Plettenberg Bay or perhaps go surfing in one of the world's surfing hotspots. Fishermen, brace yourselves for an experience of a lifetime if you choose to go fishing. I mentioned earlier that the route has many species of birds, this offers the bird watching lover a whole new world. For the adrenalin seeker, if surfing does not do it for you, you can try white water rafting, grades 4 and 5 will get that adrenalin going for you.

Things to do in a nutshell:

*Whale Watching

*White Water rafting


*Beach Time


*Bird Watching


*Cultural Education

PS: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain
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