#5 The Garden Route

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If you have a couple extra days just to explore and a car at your disposal, the Garden Route is a memorable experience.

The Garden Route in the Western Cape is one of South Africa's main tourist attractions and is generally thought to stretch from Mossel Bay to St Francis along the Indian ocean and also includes parts of the inland. The Garden Route lies east of Cape Town and encompasses some of South Africa's most beautiful beaches, mountains, and rivers. The climate is mild all year round and there are countless of activities to enjoy including whale-watching, hiking, ostrich riding, golfing, swimming, bungee jumping and more.

The main arterial highway of the Garden Route is the N2 stretch running from Heidelberg in the southern Cape to Storms River Village on the Eastern Cape border. The travelling trick with the Garden Route is to find as much time for it as possible and to keep slipping off the N2 onto side-roads with promising destinations...like Oudtshoorn - the ostrich capital of the world -which has found its way onto the Garden Route. The Garden Route is famous for is hardy fynbos floral kingdom, its secluded little bays and its year-round holiday frame of mind. And it's conveniently accessible from Cape Town.

Looking seawards along the Garden Route you might also see the Southern Right whales, the humpback, bottlenose and common dolphins, and even killer whales that frolic close to shore, especially near Plettenberg Bay.

  • Spot whales playing in the water at Hermanus
  • Sample South Africa's finest fruits in Winelands
  • Get off beaten track on lesser travelled Route 62
  • Relax on beautiful beaches & warm tropical waters
  • Explore the picturesque towns of Knysna and Plett
  • Go snorkelling, scubadiving and swim with dolphins
  • Enjoy a Big Five Safari in Malaria Free Game Reserve
  • Crawl through the Cango Caves and ride an ostrich!
  • Great self-drive destination: explore at your own pace


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