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The GARDEN ROUTE

Experience South Africa’s most popular route along the south coast.

Explore the south coast of South Africa – the Garden Route along the N2 national road is the best way to get to know South Africa from its most beautiful side. Here we have compiled a few highlights especially for those who love golf, which you really shouldn’t miss!

Cape Agulhas

The southernmost region of Africa is, incidentally, also known amongst the indigenous people as the “Foot of Africa”. Seen geographically, however, this Cape is not just the southernmost, but also represents the official dividing line between the Indian and the Atlantic Oceans.

Swellendam, Overberg

Along with Tulbagh, Swellendam is the third-oldest city of South Africa, after Cape Town and Stellenbosch. The picturesque city is nested at the foot of the Langeberg Range, and still features many lovely Cape Dutch houses. The district was called into being in 1745, and Swellendam was founded in 1747. It was named after the Governor Hendrik Swellengrebel, and his wife, Helena ten Damme.

Mossel Bay

In the summer months, Mossel Bay has become one of the most popular holiday locations in South Africa. Mossel Bay offers its holiday guests the second-best climate in the world after Hawaii, and is located halfway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth at the start of the Garden Route. It offers its visitors sleepy little corners and many tourist attractions; particularly worth mentioning here are the beautiful sandy beaches of Dana Bay and Little Brak River.

George

This picturesque city is set against the Outeniqua Mountain. George is the primary location along the Garden Route, and is well-known for its wide, oak tree-lined roads and the legendary Slave Tree. George calls itself the “Golf City” of South Africa. There are two

Knysna

Knysna would appear to mean “Location of wood”, and is well-known for its oysters! There is a small oyster breeding station and packaging plant, the Knysna Oyster Company, which is connected with a small tavern featuring a lagoon garden. The perfect place to have an oyster snack for lunch! Today, Knysna is a flourishing town which still lives from fishing, the timber industry and other small industries, but which has dedicated itself increasingly to the tourist sector. More and more holiday home estates and residences belonging to prosperous South Africans and Europeans are developing around the lively town centre, and there are now more hotels and guesthouses than you can count!

We have some recommendations for your accommodation, restaurants and excursion destinations in Knysna:

Conrad Pezula
Retreat on Cliff
Villa Afrikana
Leisure Isle Lodge
34 South – Restaurant
Simola Hill Climb
Knysna Elephant Park

Plettenberg Bay

Plettenberg Bay, with its beautiful beaches, is the most popular bathing location along the Garden Route. The town extends along the 12 km beach featuring the finest sand from the Robberg Nature Reserve right up to the estuary for the Keurboom and Bitour rivers. This dream beach and the lagoon not only invite you to walk, relax and swim, but also almost all types of water sports are offered. Therefore, “Plett” and its surroundings represent an ideal place to stay for several days, whatever your interests and tastes.

Tsitsikamma National Park

The main attractions are the Storm River Gorge (view from the Storms River Bridge), the Storms River Mouth, the coastal hiking paths and the beach in Nature´s Valley. The true beauty of this splendorous natural landscape can only be seen on foot. Two of the most beautiful hiking paths in South Africa are located here: the Otter Trail and the Tsitsikamma Trail.

St. Francis Bay

The first impression of St. Francis Bay makes one think of Sylt. White, reed-covered houses shape your initial images. This is a typical holiday location by the sea, which is only filled with hustle and bustle for a few weeks around the Christmas period. Otherwise, it remains a picturesque location with an outstanding infrastructure.

Jeffrey´s Bay is the most well-known of the bays, as here surfers love to ride the waves – which has provided it with its nickname, “Surfer’s Paradise”.

Port Elizabeth

Not the highlight of a trip to South Africa, but, due to the airport, an expedient end to your Garden Route as you return to Cape Town or home (via JNB). However, the port does offer the following as a fitting conclusion to your journey: