Garden Route along the picturesque beautiful coast
The Garden Route
The Garden route from rugged coasts to the big five. From charming towns to vast stretches of beaches. A journey full of nature, culture, and adventure. You will be on the South African Garden Route all right. Drive from west to east, or from east to west, and enjoy the versatility of South Africa.
The famous Garden Route winds along the coast of South Africa and is one of the highlights of the country. The route, which leads from Mossel Bay to Port Elizabeth, is incredibly beautiful and the different landscapes alternate rapidly. Over a length of about 400 kilometres. You’ll pass a beautiful coastal region with jagged rocky outcrops. Wide sandy beaches and idyllic places, and drive past green nature reserves and high mountain ranges. But whether you come for nature, the delicious food, or the delicious beaches. At the Garden Route is plenty to do for every traveler.
Tsitsikamma National Park
The beautiful Tsitsikamma National Park is right on the Indian Ocean. Dark water here smashes with great force on the rocks. You can make fantastic treks through the forest and along the swirling sea. The most famous walking tour is the Otter Trail. This long trip is spread over several days and at night you sleep in simple huts along the waterfront.
Fortunately, the park is also well worth a visit. You can get a good picture of the surroundings in one day. The highlight, by the way, is the Storms River Mouth. A large estuary that you can cross with via a 77 meter long, ailingly wobbly rope bridge. For those who don’t find that exciting enough. You can also travel a little further to the 216 meter high Bloukrans River Bridge. From this point you can make the highest bungee jump in the world. You are going to have to dare.
Wilderness National Park
The Wilderness National Park is named after the nearby town of Wilderness. From more than 30 kilometres of pristine coastline to rivers. To the forests to inland lakes. The nature in this park is varied. It is the perfect place for beautiful walks and there are several routes where you can discover the park. For example, follow the Giant Kingfisher Trail or the Cape Dune Molerat Trail. Both can be walked in a few hours. Besides walking, there are also plenty of activities for indefatigable sports enthusiasts. Within the boundaries of the park you can canoe, mountain bike, abseil and even paraglide. Those who want to stay can choose from luxurious bungalows, cosy log cabins or a simple spot on the campsite.
Knysna and the lagoon of the same name are halfway up the Garden Route. Because of its cosy character and its many boutiques, restaurants and art galleries, it is always pleasantly busy. Travelers can take a boat trip across the clear blue waters of the lagoon and taste the daily fresh oysters in the village’s restaurants. Around Knysna is a beautiful wooded area where a number of beautiful hiking trails are plotted. Another fun trip to knysna elephant park, a shelter for battered elephants. You can even sleep there for a night.
For the most beautiful beaches in South Africa you must be in Plettenberg Bay. This laid-back town has velvety sandy beaches and is surrounded by clear blue water. You will find plenty of hotels here and the atmosphere is very good despite the heavy flow of tourists. Plettenberg Bay is also the perfect place to spot whales. These giants are regularly shown from July to November. From a small boat you can approach the whales up to 50 meters away. It is a crazy experience.
The hamlet of Victoria Bay is sandwiched between the mountains and directly on the beach. It is a popular spot among surfers. Thanks to its flat beach at the same time also very suitable for swimmers. The handful of guest houses on the beach is the price. But they have an amazing view of the sea anyway.
Whether you start or end up in Port Elizabeth, it may be worth looking around here. The industrial city is known for its excellent beaches and excellent surfing spots. Has some interesting museums and beautiful parks. It’s certainly not the most beautiful city along the Garden Route, but the coastline makes up for a lot. Port Elizabeth is also half an hour’s drive from Addo Elephant National Park. A giant nature park where you can spot elephants, lions, buffaloes and zebras in the wild.
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