The Garden Route is a term heard by many travellers to Cape Town, or surrounds, it is South Africa’s most beautiful stretch of land, topping the incredibly scenic spots and stops around the country. Its greens and golds, its high mountain peaks and wide expanses of white sanded beaches are famous to not only the international traveller but to many local travellers as well. The Garden Route is generally understood to stretch from Cape Town all the way along the coast to the Storms River which lies in the heart of the Eastern Cape, however the Garden Route actually only begins at Mossel Bay and for this reason so will the list of our scenic stops and spots.
The history of the town lies perhaps within the walls of the Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex. Situated in the heart of Mossel Bay, the museum is home to an entire array of interesting and mind blowing history including the Malay graves, an ethno botanical garden which includes a braille garden for the visually impaired, there is a phenomenally wonderful shell museum with a smaller aquarium alongside it, a Maritime museum as well as what is known as the post office tree which dates back some 500 years ago.
Mossel Bay is also home to the all famous St. Blaize Trail, which begins its 13,5km trail at the St. Blaize Lighthouse and ends at Dana Bay. The trail is not that difficult but definitely holds some of the most breathtaking sites known to man. For more information visit www.thetrailshop.co.za
George is one of the most gorgeous towns along the Garden Route, the greenery is unending and everywhere you look there are trees and flowers and the majestic backdrop of the Outeniqua Mountains. Paragliding in George is something that must be experienced. It is known to be one of the most incredible sites to paraglide in and there are ample spaces available for those that want to tandem paraglide.
Amongst all the phenomenal things to do in George there is the relaxing art of horse riding, and within the awe-inspiring majesty of the surrounding forest setting, horse riding is simply an unforgettably incredible experience.
Wilderness is small and almost gone when driving through the highly speed camera operated area, however there is the wilderness beach, the white sanded beach is a flat expanse of unimaginable beauty, the water is cold but allows for stopping over and dipping ones toes in. There is also a magical restaurant on the beach which will soothe any hunger pains before the next stop which is either Sedgefield or the well known Knysna.
Knysna, the once quaint and tiny mining town, has grown to be one of the most popular towns along the Garden Route. With the famous Knysna Heads and the many experiences like the knysna rib adventures, which take you from the Knysna lagoon right through the Heads and into the open seas on an exhilarating jump of a boat experience with the odd chance that one could spot a hammerhead shark or more. There are also the indescribably beautiful forests, of which Jubilee Creek is the most frequented and popular with its golden rivers and closed off gold mines that only allow for peaks now. Knysna is filled with the quaint and unique, accommodation varies from place to place and there are so many grand options available. Along the Garden Route, Knysna remains the one place to stop for a few days on your journey as the amount of awesome discoveries that are to be made and the myriad sites to be seen are simply unending.
Between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay lies many an incredible place to visit, there is the wild Monkeyland which is an entire day outing for the whole family. www.monkeyland.co.za There is the unique experience at the Elephant Sanctuary of walking and interacting with these incredibly majestic animals www.elephantsanctuary.co.za Then there is the awesome wolf sanctuary whose history includes the whole pack of previous wolves being poisoned by an unknown perpitrator save for one mother wolf who refused to allow her pups to eat and blocked them from exiting the den, it is these pups who survived the poisoning and who are part of the pack that is safe guarded by the Garden Route Wolf Sanctuary www.wolfsanctuay.co.za