The Garden Route

One of south Africa’s most famous phenomena is the Garden Route. Between Swellendam and Plettenberg Bay lies this famous route, a route with beautiful mountain landscapes, a rugged coastline, lovely interiors and unique flora…

The Garden Route

World-famous Garden Route

Between Swellendam and Plettenberg Bay lies the famous Garden Route, a route with beautiful mountain landscapes, a rugged coastline, lovely interiors and unique flora. The area of Port Elizabeth is often also included in the Garden Route. To the north of this city is the Addo Elephant N.P.,a malaria-free park belonging to one of the three largest national parks in South Africa. Recently this park houses the 'Big Five'. As the name suggests, the park has a large elephant population. Tsitsikamma N.P.,'place of plenty of water', is characterized by a rugged coastline with cliffs, narrow creeks, lined by native coastal forest. Unique here is the Fijnbos vegetation, which only occurs on this side of South Africa.

Following the Garden Route from Tsitsikamma you pass places like Port Elizabeth, Knysna, George, Mossel Bayand Swellendam,each with its own charm. Knysna is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful places of the Garden Route. Located on a lagoon, with a close connection to the ocean. The connection is guarded by two prominent cliffs, 'the heads'. Off the coast you can take excursions in search of whales, dolphins and sharks. In the interior lies Oudtshoorn, center of ostrich cultivation. Nearby are the Cango caves, an underground wonder world of stalagmites and stalactites. Swellendam is located at the foot of the imposing Langebergen and is a cute village You can take a day walk through the Marloth Nature Reserve or visit the Bonte Bok National Park. The nature park is home to more than 300 variegated, zebra and smaller mammals. A special nature reserve is The Hope Nature Reserve,located on the Indian Ocean. Beautiful dune landscapes and vast beach, with a great chance to observe whales off the coast.

Enjoy the beautiful surroundings combined with the excellent accommodations, the excellent cuisine, the good wines...

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Top accommodations in The Garden Route

Delaire Graff Estate

Perfection down to the smallest detail

Simbavati Fynbos on Sea

Small-scale paradise along the Garden Route

The Gorge Luxury Estate

Modern colonial chic with a contemporary edge and French flair

Perivoli Lagoon House

Luxury private oasis in the heart of the Cape

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Luxury in harmony with nature

Tsala Treetop Lodge

A special lodge in Tsitsikamma



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